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Basketball: Barking Abbey maintain perfect EABL records

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 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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Barking Abbey continued their winning streak in the EABL with an 83-74 success over Copleston on Wednesday.

Leading by 14 points, going into the final period and appearing in control, they saw Copleston mount a charge to pull to within four in the final minute.

But Abbey were able to close out the win and improve their record to 10-0, with Caleb Fuller scoring 17 points against his old club.

Micah Savery-Richards added 16, while Jonathan St Hilaire had all 12 of his points in the first half and Nathaniel Powell finished with 12.

“Going to Copleston is always a tricky game in the EABL, today was no different,” said head coach Lloyd Garnder.

“I thought we did a good job in the first half of opening up a lead but then our hal- court defence was not of the standard we set for ourselves in the second half and that was disappointing.

“All credit for the way Copleston played, they managed to get themselves back into the game and made it interesting down the stretch. But I thought we had the quality in execution in the final minutes that we deserved the win.”

Abbey travel to John Madejski Academy next week as the final stretch of the regular season approaches.

Abbey improved to 3-0 atop the WEABL table, after an 89-54 win over their John Madejski Academy rivals.

The hosts went on an 11-0 run to open the game and never looked back, keeping a double-digit lead for most of the contest and pulling away in the fourth quarter behind the play of Megan Sheret and Loren Christie.

Charlotte Ellmore led Abbey with 24 points, as Zoe Willis added 15 and Loren Christie had 14.

Head coach Karen Burton said: “I’m happy we played with a tempo that set the pace of the game throughout.We had good leadership again from the seniors in Charlotte and Zoe.

“That’s three good solid wins for us in the WEABL with the players playing in WBBL and Division One on a weekly basis it shows how important it is to play at the highest level consistently.”

Abbey travel to face Copleston next week.

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