Basketball: Winning weekend for Barking Abbey

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 February 2018

Barking Abbey's Lloyd Gardner gives instructions to players (pic Barking Abbey Academy)

Barking Abbey's Lloyd Gardner gives instructions to players (pic Barking Abbey Academy)


Barking Abbey teams celebrated three wins from four matches on another busy weekend of basketball.

But the BA London Lions are still chasing their first WBBL triumph after losing 68-64 at Oaklands Wolves.

The visitors led 51-44, only for Oaklands to go on a 10-2 run and claim victory.

Head coach Mark Clark said: “I’m pleased with the improved performance. There were a lot of positives, with some big games coming up against Durham, where we’re going to look to get that first win of the year.”

Urysla Cotton led Abbey (0-13) with 20 points, as Zoe Willis had 10 and Tereza Brantlove added eight. They host Durham Palatinates on Sunday (4pm).

The Division One women ended a nine-game losing streak with a 66-54 wiun over Team Birmingham Elite.

Loren Christie scored 17 points, as Macy Spinks and Willis added 16 and 14, and head coach Karen Burton said: “A win is a win and it was important for us to come out of this game with the two points.”

Abbey (3-13) visit Team Solent Kestrels on Saturday (3.45pm).

Partner club Kent Crusaders held on for a 75-73 win over Leicester Warriors at Barking Abbey, after a dramatic finish.

Leading by 11 going into the final period, they saw the visitors sink three three-point shots to level it at 66-66.

Tim Shodipo and Sean Nealon-Lino came up with big three-point shots for the hosts, though, to put them six points up again with 37 seconds left and it proved key.

Caleb Fuller finished with 22 points, as Nealon-Lino had 12 from the bench and Shodipa added 11.

Coach Lloyd Gardner said: “It wasn’t our best on-court performance but we’ve learnt a way to win and that was really pleasing. We have to get better at closing out games.”

Crusaders (8-10) return to action at Reading Rockets on March 3 (5pm).

The Division Four men were 71-60 winners at Norfolk Titans, as Spyros Kapsalos (21) and Robin Bedford (16) led their scoring.

A fast start saw them go 26-14 up, but the hosts rallied to lead going into the final quarter before Abbey (13-2) finished strongly.

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