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Basketball: Barking Abbey improve to 5-0 in EABL

PUBLISHED: 08:36 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:36 01 December 2017

Barking Abbey celebrate their 2016/17 EABL title (pic Barking Abbey Academy)

Barking Abbey celebrate their 2016/17 EABL title (pic Barking Abbey Academy)

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Barking Abbey picked up an 88-75 win over Itchen College, improving to 5-0 atop of the East Conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Abbey were led by Ade Adebayo’s 28 points, as he came up big down the stretch, whilst Robin Bedford had 21.

The leaders also overcame a monster 40-point outing from Aaron Berida, whilst Matt Hughes added 12 for Itchen.

“Defensively we were poor most of the game but did a good job of toughing out a win in the last quarter,” said head coach James Vear.

Abbey started slow, trailing in the early stages of the game before bouncing back in the second behind a 12-point haul from Bedford to tie the game at 42-42 at half-time.

The second half would open with the visitors taking command behind the clinical play of Adebayo and Bedford which would create a 56-46 lead.

The game was quickly getting out of reach for the home team until a spell of inspired play from point guard Berida, who would score 14 points in two minutes to keep Itchen within touching distance at 64-62 going into the final quarter.

Berida’s scoring run would continue in the fourth as he added another five points to give the hosts their first lead of the half at 67-66, before Adebayo took over down the stretch allowing Abbey to pull away in the final minutes for a 13-point victory.

“I was really disappointed in how we defended the dribble drive, allowing a number of Barking’s personnel to play to their strengths,” said Itchen head coach Matt Guymon.

“All credit to Barking Abbey as they brought a very young team, that showed excellent composure down the stretch.

“I also want to acknowledge an outstanding performance from Aaron Berida, as without him the game would have gotten away from us in the second half. Without question it was the most impressive individual performance that we have had at Itchen College.”

Barking Abbey will look to continue their winning streak when they host Oaklands next week.

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