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Basketball: Barking Abbey made to work hard for win at John Madejski Academy in Elite Academy Basketball League

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 February 2018

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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Elite Academy Basketball League: John Madejski Academy 69 Barking Abbey 76

Barking Abbey were made to work hard to keep their unbeaten run intact, but ultimately came out with a 76-69 win at John Madejski Academy (JMA) in the Elite Academy Basketball League.

Behind 25 points from Theo Hughes, Abbey moved to 11-0 in the competition atop the East Conference, using a 6-0 run in the final two minutes to get a cushion they would be able to ride for the win.

“Today we went into an extremely tough environment and I thought we did well to come out with a win,” said head coach Lloyd Gardner.

“Similar to many games in recent weeks, I thought we played really well in stretches but we need to be more consistent.

“We let JMA have too many runs of their own, all credit to them, a lot of that was good play on their part, but if we have hopes of going deep into this competition then we need to limit the runs we give to other teams.

“We showed great resilience again when needed, we were able to step up; I thought our half court defence was improving today, at times it was very good.”

Supporting Hughes were Caleb Fuller, with 15 points, and Micah Savery-Richards and Andre Lavinier, who both scored seven.

Barking return home to host City of London Academy February 22 in their penultimate regular season game.

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