Basketball: Barking Abbey women beaten in overtime by Manchester Mystics

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 March 2017

Savannah Wilkinson of Barking Abbey passed 500 WBBL points in the loss to Manchester Mystics

Savannah Wilkinson of Barking Abbey passed 500 WBBL points in the loss to Manchester Mystics


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Barking Abbey suffered a dramatic defeat in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) after losing to Manchester Mystics in a second overtime period.

At the end of regulation time, the score was locked level at 65-65, forcing the need for overtime to find a winner.

Abbey looked to be on their way to the win in the first overtime period, but a late three-pointer from Mystics forced a second five-minute spell.

In that second overtime period, Barking lost their way and wasted several free throws before losing 82-80.

Katy Armanu top scored for Abbey with 20 points, while team mate Savannah Wilkinson netted 18, taking her past 500 WBBL points.

“We talk about performance here a lot and our performance for 95 per cent of the game was very good,” said head coach Mark Clark.

“I’m pleased with individual performances, but it’s the part of the season where it’s about winning and losing and we’ve just lost a game we should have won.”

The men were also beaten as they saw their season come to an end with a 61-55 loss at Swindon Shock in the National Division Four play-offs.

Abbey, who finished fourth in the South East section, struggled to get much joy out of Shock, who topped the South West standings.

Pierce Maslen led Barking with 20 points, while Robin Bedford and Jonathan St Hilaire added eight each.

It’s a shame our season comes to an end. I am very proud of this group of players,” said head coach James Vear.

“We are a different team to the one that started the season and I feel each player has developed and got better as the year has gone on.”

Abbey partner club Kent Crusaders, meanwhile, secured the National Division Two title with a 71-67 win away to Team Newcastle University.

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