Barking Abbey state their case in Florida
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 January 2017
Coach Gardner praises squad for runners-up spot
Barking Abbey head coach Lloyd Gardner paid tribute to his players after they finished second at the CBD World Invitational Tournament in Florida.
Abbey improved throughout their five matches, but lost 58-54 to Montverde National in the final on Saturday, having led for most of the contest.
And Gardner said: “We said to the guys after the game that we can’t be satisfied because we lost the game.
“But I’m very proud of the effort they put on the floor. I thought we did a good job and as happens with close games it was one or two mistakes, a couple of missed jump shots that was the difference.
“The fact we are talking about being frustrated taking a loss against Montverde’s National Academy, shows how well we’ve performed and have got better as the tournament has gone on.
“It’s been a great trip for our individual development, as well as a team. I’m very proud of the guys.”
Abbey lost their first two matches to Montverde Regional (70-61) and Montverde National (68-58), before beating Canada’s Three Kings Academy (78-62) to reach the semi-finals.
And they gained revenge over Montverde Regional with a 78-72 win to reach the showpiece finale, only to come up just short against a side including a number of players expected to sign to NCAA Division One schools.
Amin Adamu finished with 95 points from the five matches to lead Abbey’s scoring, while Dan Akin reached double figures on three occasions and RJ Eytle-Rock twice, including a 20-point haul in their semi-final success.
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