Six Barking Abbey players and one staff member have returned from the Division B European Championships having helped the squad to promotion to Division A.
Current student-athletes Amin Adamu, Obi Agu, Jubrile Belo and RJ Eytle-Rock, along with alumni Josh Steel and Akwasi Yeboah and Assistant Coach Lloyd Gardner were all part of the Great Britain Under-20 Men’s squad who finished third place, securing promotion with a 81-65 win over Russia on Sunday in Oradea, Romania.
Additional recognition came for Akwasi Yeboah, who made the All Tournament team after averaging 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game across the seven games in the tournament, registering a personal best of 22 points, twice.
British Basketball Federation Performance Director and Barking Abbey Director Mark Clark commented:
“This is a great win for the players, Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas and his staff. Congratulations go to them. It’s a shot in the arm for the game in this country and everybody can be proud of what they’ve achieved.”
The side follows in the footsteps of the 2013 squad to gain promotion and ensure a return to the top-flight at the second time of asking, having dropped down in 2015.
Yeboah led the team in scoring, whilst RJ Eytle-Rock led in assists at 3 per outing.
Meanwhile, the Great Britain Under-20 Women – featuring four players with BA ties – finished in eighth place at the Division B European Championships in Israel. Current student athletes Chloe Gaynor, Abigail Johnson, and Imani Whittington, along with alumnus Shanice Norton, now at Louisiana State University, all were a part of the squad to represent Great Britain.
Johnson was one of the team’s leading performers, scoring 7.9 points along with 9.3 rebounds for a 12.0 efficiency rating.
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