Basketball: Wait goes on for opening win in Women’s British Basketball League for BA London Lions

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 March 2018

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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A round-up of the latest matches involving Barking Abbey basketball teams

BA London Lions’ wait for a first win in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) this season goes on after a 64-46 defeat at Caledonia Pride.

Lions were hanging around until a 16-2 spell from Caledonia, bridging the third and fourth quarters, that saw them pull away, as they held the visitors scoreless for a five-minute period.

BA were led by 10 points from Zoe Willis as the only player in double digits, whilst Tereza Brantlova added nine Urysla Cotton notched seven.

“It was a much better performance,” said head coach Mark Clark. “Defensively, we were good, but we just couldn’t rebound well enough and struggled a little bit once we were put under more pressure in the second half to execute offensively.”

BA London Lions II were let down by a poor fourth quarter as they lost 51-35 at Loughborough Student Riders in the Women’s National Basketball League Division One.

Having had a solid first half performance, Lions were outscored 17-3 in the final period as Riders ran away with the game.

Macy Spinks led BA with seven points, while Sade Orija added five, and head coach Karen Burton was keen to take the positives from the loss.

“We were brilliant in the first half,” she said. “We did a good job shutting down Ebony and Megan Jones, and defensively were aggressive in our rotations.”

Barking Abbey secured a play-off place in National Basketball League Division Four South East with an 88-53 win at Chelmsford Lions.

Ade Adebayo and Nathaniel Powell led Abbey with 15 points each, while Robin Bedford notched 12.

“It was as good a performance as we have had all season,” said head coach James Vear.

Barking Abbey partner club Kent Crusaders held on for the narrowest victories on their latest outing in National Basketball League Division One, winning 74-73 at Team Newcastle University.

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