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Basketball: Barking Abbey men silence Thunder

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 February 2018

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Barking Abbey’s men made it five wins in a row in Division Four with a 69-49 victory over London Thunder Lewisham on Saturday.

Spyros Kapsalos led the way with 17 points, as Robin Bedford and Nathaniel Powell added 12 each.

Head coach James Vear said: “It was a really good performance, especially on the defensive end.

“We made life difficult for them by making them take tough shots and we hit some key markers we have been talking about the last couple of weeks.”

Abbey are now 12-2 in the South East league table and will have a week off before visiting Norfolk Titans on February 17.

Meanwhile, partner club Kent Crusaders suffered a heavy 102-44 loss at Loughborough Student Riders.

Outscored 23-8 in the first quarter, they were always playing catch-up and coach Lloyd Gardner said: “There’s not a whole lot to say about our performance really.

“We took an old-fashioned beating. In multiple areas we didn’t come to play. It’s really disappointing on the back of last weekend’s performance where we played pretty well to beat Hemel.

“We need to take this as a lesson and realise we can’t come with a performance like this and expect to get anything but beaten heavily.”

Micah Savery-Richards and Pierce Maslen had 10 points each for Crusaders (6-10) who travel to Lancashire Spinners on Saturday.

Barking Abbey’s women went down 72-45 to Sheffield Hatters in the WBBL as their search for a first win continues.

Charlotte Ellmore and Loren Christie scored 11 points each for the hosts, who are now 0-12 this season.

The Division One women were unable to break their losing streak as they were beaten 67-40 by Reading Rockets on Sunday.

Dami Adeyinka led the way with 19 points, but head coach Karen Burton said: “It’s the first time I’m disappointed with the team. We’ve always stayed on the same page, no matter how the game was going, but today we went away from it.”

Abbey visit University of Nottingham on Saturday (3pm).

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