Overtime joy for Barking Abbey men
17:30 13 February 2017
Maslen is matchwinner as Chelmsford Lions are tamed
Barking Abbey’s Pierce Maslen sank a three-point shot on the buzzer to see the Division Four men to a thrilling 81-80 double overtime win over Chelmsford Lions.
With the home side down by a point, Maslen received a papss, pump faked and took one step inside the three-point line to sink the winning basket as time elapsed.
And head coach James Vear paid tribute to his side, saying: “Our guys showed great mental toughness. At times we looked down and our but the guys just kept plugging away.
“Pierce has to take a lot of credit for the shot he hit to win it. He works so hard every day to get better, he was excellent from start to finish.”
Josh Ogundele led Abbey with 19 points, while Daniel Delgado had 16 and Maslen finished with 14.
The game featured multiple lead changes throughout as neither side could get an edge but with Abbey down by three points towards the end of regulation time, Andre Lavinier came up with a clutch shot to tie it with 30 seconds remaining and force the first extra period.
Ogundele hit a lay-up with 10 seconds left in the first overtime, before Maslen’s heroics secured a sixth straight win and sent Abbey to the top of the South East Leaguae table with an 11-4 record.
They will look to make it seven wins in a row when they visit Essex Blades on February 18 (7pm).
Barking Abbey’s Division One women were involved in a dramatic battle of their own but went down 60-59 at Bristol Academy Flyers.
Despite losing Taneka Rubin five minutes into the game with a shoulder injury, the visitors were able to control the contest early on.
However, a couple of defensive lapses down the stretch allowed Bristol to take a one-point lead and Abbey were unable to respond, missing multiple opportunities down the stretch to win the game.
Naomi McKenzie and Teo Armanu proved threats from the perimeter on their way to 13 points apiece, while Wura Ijelu added eight.
“It was a good performance overall,” said head coach Karen Burton.
“The game was quick-paced and going down the stretch players made tired decisions, which we have to be better at.”
Abbey dropped to a 7-7 record with the loss and sit in fifth place.