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Basketball: Barking Abbey conquer Knights

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 December 2017

Barking Abbey's Lloyd Gardner gives instructions to players (pic Barking Abbey Academy)

Barking Abbey's Lloyd Gardner gives instructions to players (pic Barking Abbey Academy)

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Barking Abbey’s Division Four men were able to celebrate after a 90-70 win over Richmond Knights.

Ade Adebayo led the Abbey scoring with 16 points, as Robin Bedford added 14 for Abbey, who dominated the first and fourth quarters.

Victory allowed Abbey to end the year with an 8-2 record, leaving them second in the South East Conference table with a trip to Anglia Ruskin University up next on January 6 (6.45pm).

Coach James Vear said: “The players toughed one out. The scoreline is not a true reflection of the game as it felt a lot closer.

“A lot of credit should go to Rikki who did a great job after I got my second technical. The players also played with great energy in the fourth, which saw us go on our big run.”

Partner club Kent Crusaders came up short at Team Northumbria in Division One, losing 75-68.

Caleb Fuller scored 29 points, with all but three of them in the second half as they fought back from 21 points down to tie it at 60-60 with four minutes left.

Pierce Maslen had 11 points and seven assists, while Micah Savery-Richards added 10 points for Crusaders, who host Worthing Thunder on January 6 (4pm).

Coach Lloyd Gardner said: “It was another Jekyll and Hyde performance from us unfortunately.

“Again, we gave up a big lead at the start, got down 20 points. Second half things were a lot better, all credit to the guys for us to tie the game at 60 was an incredible achievement. Hopefully this will be a kickstart as the season continues.”

Barking Abbey London Lions struggled in an 88-45 loss to WBBL title favourites Sevenoaks Suns, with head coach Mark Clark serving a one-match ban.

Christina Gaskin led the way with 12 points as Abbey dropped to 0-7 to remain bottom of the table ahead of their clash with Nottingham Wildcats on Friday, which is live on BBC Sport at 5pm.

Clark said: “Having not had opportunity to coach because of the technical ejection two weeks ago, I was banned and had the chance to observe from the sidelines. It was quite possibly the worst performance we’ve ever had.”

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