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Basketball: Mixed fortunes for Barking Abbey teams in semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 March 2017

RJ Eytle-Rock of Barking Abbey

RJ Eytle-Rock of Barking Abbey

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Men through to EABL Championship final, but women crash out of WEABL Championship

Barking Abbey have reached the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL) Championship final after a 73-61 win at home to Myerscough College.

In a scrappy affair from start to finish, it was not until the final minutes of the fourth quarter that Abbey pulled away for good, turning up the pressure after leading by just two points entering the final period.

Amin Adamu and RJ Eytle-Rock led Barking with 18 points a piece, whilst Dan Akin joined them in double figures with 13.

“I don’t think there will be many style points awarded for the game the way it was played, but at the end of the day, the key thing was to win and that’s exactly what we did,” said head coach Lloyd Gardiner.

“We dealt with adversity in the second quarter really well when Myerscough hit a lot of tough shots. They shot it really well and they’re a good team, so for us to win a game like that, we’re really pleased.

“We know we will have to play better, and we can perform better than we did on the day. I thought we played quite tight which surprised me, but we’re into the final now and it’s an opportunity for us to win the championship.”

Abbey will now face Charnwood in the final next Wednesday at the Leicester Arena.

However, there was disappointment for Abbey’s women, who were beaten 63-52 by City of London Academy(CoLA) in the semi-finals of the Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League (WEABL) Championship.

The game was close throughout, with Barkingrecovering from a slow start to be tied up at halftime and heading into the fourth, but CoLA were able to execute their game better down the stretch to win.

Savannah Wilkinson, Imani Whittington and Katy Armanu all had 14 points each for the hosts in the losing cause.

“Having a poor first quarter, I felt we got back into the game and regained control at the half and then it was going backwards and forwards until the last few minutes of the game,” said head coach Karen Burton.


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