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Barking Abeey pick up EABL and WEABL Wins

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 January 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 kept their undefeated record going with their second win in the EABL this week, defeating Canterbury 90-80 at home on Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, BA improved to 9-0 on the season sitting atop of the East Conference but it wasn’t done without a challenge.

BA jumped out to a 24-15 first quarter lead, holding Canterbury to just two field goals in the opening quarter, and led by 10, 48-38 at half time.

However, in the third Canterbury came out on an 18-2 run, stifling BA and taking a 59-52 lead for their largest margin of the game.

Spyros Kapsalos scored six straight to put BA back in front heading into the final quarter, where the home side opened on a 10-0 run to get enough of a cushion to run out victors.

BA were led by 20 from Ade Adebayo, and 12 each from Jonathan St Hilaire and Spyros Kapsalos, whilst Pierce Maslen had 11 and Caleb Fuller had all 10 of his in the final quarter.

Canterbury were led by 23 points from Jonathan Brown, 14 from Tunde Oyerinde and 8 from Milo Gordon.

“I was pleased with our ability to finish the game today, as I was on Monday,” Head Coach Lloyd Gardner said.

“To get a victory against Canterbury, they’re always a tough team to play against.

“With us having multiple games over this week, we tried to get some rest into the guys legs and I think our whole team stepped up at various points to give us good production and that was pleasing.

“Both games we were down and showed our ability to come back from good execution with us, I think we took the game from Canterbury rather than them lose it.

“There’s a lot for us to work on, we’ve got to get better but it was a very good performance from us and we were delighted to get a win and carry our unbeaten record forward in the EABL.”

BA will now travel to take on Copleston next week, whilst Canterbury return home to take on John Madejski Academy.

Barking Abbey women’s team moved to 2-0 in the WEABL with a dominant 91-41 road victory over Loreto on Wednesday afternoon in Manchester.

BA had a slow start in the first two minutes before pulling away and never looking back, cruising the rest of the way.

Dami Adeyinka led BA with 24 points, Charlotte Ellmore had 18, while Megan Sheret finished with 16.

“I’m obviously pleased with the performance,” said Head Coach Karen Burton.

“With a slow start for the first two minutes, I was pleased how we responded after the timeout.

“Good performances from the three top scorers but some very unselfish team play in transition resulted in a good overall team performance led again by the Seniors.”

BA will now face John Madejski Academy next week at home.

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