Basketball: Barking Abbey stay perfect in EABL
PUBLISHED: 10:30 21 December 2017
Barking Abbey continued their unbeaten run in the EABL with a 92-70 win over Canterbury on the final day of term.
Big runs in the first and third quarters proved key as Abbey cruised to victory, with their depth decisive as 11 players scored and six had eight points or more.
The success means Abbey have not lost a game in the EABL since the 2015-16 season, having gone undefeated last year on their way to the National Championship.
“It’s always tough to play at Canterbury,” said head coach Lloyd Gardner. “We played well in stretches but were not consistent throughout on both ends of the floor.”
The game started out tight, with a banked three-point shot and buzzer-beating three giving Abbey a lead, as Micah Savery-Richards and Ade Adebayo led the way.
Abbey stepped up their defence and Alex Ferguson scored on consecutive possessions to put them 23-12 up at the first break.
The second quarter saw the teams slug it out, trading tough scores, but Abbey stretched the lead early in the quarter, before Canterbury rallied.
Caleb Fuller led the charge for Abbey, scoring seven straight points, as the lead stretched to 48-34 at half time.
Canterbury started the second half strongly, but Pierce Maslen answered everything for Abbey, eventually scoring 13 points in the quarter.
Fuller, Jonathan St Hilaire and Theo Hughes all supported Maslen, as Abbey racked up 33 points in the quarter to lead 81-53 entering the final session.
And although the gap was cut, Savery-Richards (15 points) was key in keeping Abbey out of reach.
Maslen led the scoring with 16 points, as Fuller (14), Daniel Delgado (10), Ferguson (nine) and St Hilaire (eight) also impressed.
Gardner added: “It was good to get a win against one of the best teams in our EABL conference to close out the first half of the season.”
Abbey now sit at the top of the conference standings with a perfect 6-0 record heading into the Christmas break and return to action on January 17 when they travel to winless BHASVIC.
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