Basketball: Mixed fortunes for Barking Abbey
PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 February 2018
Barking Abbey teams had a mixed set of results in the academy league last week.
The WEABL squad suffered their first loss of the season, going down 61-58 at Charnwood College.
Abbey led by as many as 26 points in the first half before a second-half meltdown, with Zoe Willis (13), Charlotte Ellmore (12) and Megan Sheret (10) their leading trio.
“I’m very disappointed,” said head coach Karen Burton. “We started the game in control and led from the start. I have yet to discover where my team goes at half time because it’s like a different one comes out.”
Abbey will try to bounce back against unbeaten Oaklands this week.
The men moved closer to another unbeaten season with back-to-back wins, improving to 12-0 with a 79-51 success over City of London Academy.
Caleb Fuller led with 20 points and nine rebounds, as Sean Nealon-Lino had 15 points and Jonathan St Hilaire 13.
“Defensively I thought we did a very good job holding a good CoLA team to 51 points,” said head coach James Vear.
“It’s still good to see our guys were disappointed with our overall performance and they still want to improve.”
Abbey chalked up their 13th straight win over an 89-58 triumph over Oaklands College on Friday.
The game was close for the majority of the contest and it wasn’t until the final period that Abbey pulled away.
Ade Adebayo led Abbey with 16 points, as Fuller hit 14 and Nealon-Lino had with 13.
Jordan George caused early problems for Abbey, while Fuller and Theo Hughes converted inside to keep it close as the first quarter ended all square at 17-17.
The second quarter was a back and forth affair, but Micah Savery-Richards led Abbey to a five-point lead at the midway mark.
A dislocated shoulder for St Hilaire caused a stoppage in the third, before Oaklands ran out of steam in the fourth as BA pulled away for the win.
Vear added: “We have been trying to concentrate on the defensive end and we did that holding two teams under 60.
“The team is finding some rhythm going into the EABL play-offs which is positive.”
Abbey face Itchen in their last game of the season.
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