Basketball: Barking Abbey women weather Bristol Storm to win
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Barking Abbey women picked up a comfortable 59-40 win over Bristol Storm in their latest National League Division One fixture.
The damage was done in the second period, when Abbey held Storm to just two points, while opening up a dominant lead and never looking back in the second half.
Dami Adeyinka led Barking with 14 points, while Taneka Rubin scored 12 and Eunika Edwards joined them in double figures with 10.
“With only four games left, it was a much-needed win to help us push for fourth spot,” said head coach Karen Burton. “On the performance side we have to be much better as a team.
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“We play Solent next week and the missed lay-ups and lack of effort on defence will be punished by a better team. I thought Dami as an individual today did well top scoring.”
It was a different story for Abbey’s men, though, as they rounded out the National League Division Four regular season with a 76-70 loss at London Thunder Lewisham.
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Despite Barking stamping their authority on the game early on to lead 23-12, Thunder reversed that in the second period, and held a two-point advantage at half time.
In the second half, the margins were slim, and Lewisham capitalised on some mental errors from Abbey to pull off the win.
Daniel Delgado led Barking with 18 points, while Pierce Maslen scored 17 and Jubrile Belo added right.
“We didn’t really play well,” said head coach James Vear. “We didn’t find any consistency at the defensive end, and we did a poor job of taking them out of their rhythm.
“It’s not too much of a disaster, we’ll regroup, we’ve got two weeks now and hopefully it doesn’t affect us with our play-off position.”
There was success for Abbey’s partner club Kent Crusaders, though, as they won both of their matches over the weekend.