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Basketball: Barking Abbey through to semi-finals of EABL and WEABL

PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 March 2017

Pierce Maslen in action for Barking Abbey against Derby College (pic: BA)

Pierce Maslen in action for Barking Abbey against Derby College (pic: BA)

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Both men’s and women’s team enjoy success on a national level

Charlotte Ellmore in action for Barking Abbey against Myerscough College (pic: BA)Charlotte Ellmore in action for Barking Abbey against Myerscough College (pic: BA)

Barking Abbey have advanced to the Final Four in both the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL) and Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League (WEABL).

The EABL and WEABL are the top under-19 college basketball competitions in the country.

In the EABL, Abbey recorded a 97-71 win at home to Derby College/Noel Baker School in the quarter-finals.

EABL leading scorer Amin Adamu led Barking with 17 points, whilst Dan Akin added 15, Sean Nealon-Lino 14 and RJ Eytle-Rock 11.

“I thought we played with good energy; we wore Derby down a bit late and that helped us push the score out a little bit more,” said head coach Lloyd Gardiner.

“I was pleased with most things we did; we’re going to have to play better as the competition gets tougher and tougher, but it’s a good win for us in the first round of the play-offs.”

Abbey now face Myerscough College at home in the semi-finals next week.

In the WEABL, Abbey were on the road, but it proved no issue as they won 92-43 at Myerscough College.

Charlotte Ellmore led Barking with 17 points as Imani Whittington added 13, whilst Savannah Wilkinson and Abigail Johnson finished with 12 each.

“We ran the floor well and shared the ball well which gave us a lot of open looks. We were at a consistently good level throughout,” said head coach Karen Burton.

“There is still room to improve which we will need to do to win on the road next week.”

Barking’s reward is another away match as they make the short trip to City of London Academy in the semi-finals.


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