Basketball: Double defeat for Barking Abbey women

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 March 2017

Barking Abbey's Teresa Da Silva in action against Sheffield Hatters (pic: BA)

Barking Abbey's Teresa Da Silva in action against Sheffield Hatters (pic: BA)


A round-up of the last news involving Barking Abbey basketball teams

Barking Abbey suffered a tough fourth quarter as they lost 77-61 at home to Sheffield Hatters in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL).

It was a first win in three league outings for the Hatters and dealt a blow to Abbey as they chase a top four spot in the table.

Barking were led by 14 points from Teresa Da Silva, with Abigail Johnson scoring 10 and Savannah Wilkinson netting nine to go with her 11 rebounds.

“We were very disappointed with our fourth-quarter performance; Sheffield showed a lot of experience to close out the game,” said Abbey head coach Mark Clark.

“On the positive side, in the first half, Teresa was exceptional. I think we are doing a nice job of running the ball a lot more effectively.

“We made too many basic errors, missed too many simple plays and finishes to beat a team of the quality of Sheffield.”

The hosts came into the game higher in the form table, and that showed early on in a tight encounter as Ecaterina Armanu’s three-pointer put them up 19-18.

But the game changed on a burst of seven unanswered points in the second period which put Sheffield 28-22 up as Barking had two scoreless minutes.

Abbey weren’t done, and briefly levelled in the third period when Da Silva started and finished a 6-0 run to tie the match at 47-47.

From there, however, Barking started to slip further and further away as Hatters began to dominate before closing out the game.

There was also a defeat in the National League Division One for Abbey’s women, who were beaten 59-54 at home to Team Solent Kestrels.

Barking were let down by a poor third quarter, where they were outscored 15-5, and despite a fourth-quarter comeback, ultimately fell short.

Taneka Rubin led Abbey with 16 points, as Teo Armanu added 15 and Wura Ijelu scored 11.

“Solent are on the verge of winning the league, so to be competitive throughout the game is a great positive on how far the team have come this season,” said head coach Karen Burton.

“As individuals they have grown so much, comparing it to last week’s game we won by 19, but the players were not happy themselves and stepped up this week.”

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