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Barking Abbey men tame Cambridge Cats

PUBLISHED: 11:09 23 January 2017

Jubrile Belo of Barking Abbey

Jubrile Belo of Barking Abbey

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Cambridge Cats 46 Barking Abbey 67

Barking Abbey’s men won their third consecutive game in Division Four with victory at Cambridge on Saturday.

It marks the longest streak the team have been able to put together in league play this season, with a balanced team effort led by 11 points from Andre Lavinier and nine apiece from Jubrile Belo and Robin Bedford.

And head coach James Vear was delighted with his side’s latest success, saying: “This is always a difficult place to play. They were very physical and tried to use this to their advantage.

“We had two great defensive quarters which allowed us to pull away and get the win.”

Abbey got off to a hot start, thanks to three consecutive threes from Lavinier to open the contest.

However, a slow defensive spell followed which allowed Cambridge to close the gap to five after the first quarter.

Abbey’s defensive performance improved in the second quarter, as they held Cambridge to just eight points to go into the half-time break with a 19-point lead.

That was enough of a cushion, though, and despite Cambridge putting the pressure on in the third quarter and getting back to within 12, they never did get it to single digits the rest of the way.

Abbey will look to make it four in a row when they entertain on Middlesex on February 4 (2pm).

n Barking Abbey’s partner club Kent Crusaders bounced back from their 4OT loss last weekend with a win over Tees Valley. Academy player Amin Adamu had 15 points.


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