It was a tough weekend for BA squads as they went 0-4 across all competitions.
Read on to find out what happened:
BA London Lions were unable to pick up their first victory of the WBBL season after suffering a 60-74 loss to Caledonia Pride on Saturday afternoon at BA Leisure Centre.
Caledonia Pride improved to 3-3 with the win,after a powerful third quarter made the difference, as BA were outscored 24-11. The return of Zoe Willis – who top scored with 18 points for BA – along with Cassidy Glenn – who followed up with 13 points – would not be enough to break BA’s losing streak.
Charlotte Ellmore added 12 points for BA, whilst Caledonia Pride saw 25 from Rosanna Reynolds and 20 from Tricia Oakes.
Frustrations for BA boiled over with the ejection of Head Coach Mark Clark following his second technical foul.
“Very frustrated with the performance, very frustrated that inconsistent officiating frustrated me to the extent that I ended up being ejected,” Clark said after the game.
“We played very well in patches, Caledonia are a good team, they showed again today they’re one of the more competitive teams in the league this year. At points we were very, very, good and at times we were unable to maintain that level and it’s about level in the WBBL.
“While we’re getting better, the concern is we’re not playing at the level that we need to play both at WBBL and to improve enough and thats the most crucial thing for the academy part of the programme.
“Again, we’ve got another two week gap before our game so it’s difficult to get into any type of rhythm.
“Our goal is to work from day to day to get better. Again, good to get Zoe Willis back in the game after the concussion, she played very well and good to get Cassidy back after the hamstring problem, so lots of positives in all sorts of aspects.
“The frustration was probably summed up by the ejection and I should be old enough to not let that happen. So we have to move on and say congratulations to Caledonia.”
BA partner club Kent Crusaders fell to their fourth straight defeat in Division 1 Men, with a 78-60 defeat at the hands of Team Newcastle University in Newcastle.
Team Newcastle pounced on Kent early, taking a 27-10 first quarter lead that left Kent on the back foot chasing from behind the rest of the way.
“Frustratingly again, it was a poor start that cost us,” Crusaders Head Coach Lloyd Gardner said after the game.
“I thought that we actually had a pretty decent performance through the last three quarters of the game and defensively we were much better than we have been the last few weeks. But we can’t allow ourselves to get into a hole as we have been doing consistently the last few weeks.”
Dwayne Orija led BA with 15 points, whilst Pierce Maslen had 8 and Micah Savery-Richards 6, as Crusaders dropped to 3-6 in ninth place in the league table.
BA London Lions II were unable to upset league leaders Loughborough Student Riders after going down 58-63 on Sunday at BA Leisure Centre.
BA pushed them all the way however, trailing by just eight at halftime and then mounting a fourth quarter come back but it would be too little too late.
Loren Christie had her best game of the season with a 25-point outing, whilst Dami Adeyinka had 15 and Zoe Willis added 6.
“It was a good game against a well organised team and was happy with the performance for the most part,” BA Head Coach Karen Burton commented.
“It was good to get Loren Christie a good performance under her belt. The pleasing thing is that we have relied on Dami a lot this year and she got into foul trouble early and the team stepped up and the calibre of Dami when she did come on to hit some big shots to keep us in contention for the game.”
BA are now 2-5 in tenth place in the Division One Women’s League table.
BA suffered a second half collapse as they were defeated 75-69 at the hands of Kent Crusaders II at Brompton Academy on Saturday.
BA knocked down five three-pointers in the opening period and led by as many as 19 in the first half, before a big second half comeback from the home side saw them catch fire from beyond the arc in the fourth to take control of the contest.
“It’s always disappointing when you lose a game up 16 at the half,” BA Head Coach James Vear commented.
“We were in complete control but came out very flat in the third and allowed it to become a game of effort. Credit must go to them too, their main guys made plays when they needed them, especially Kalil Irving who was a BBL starter only a year ago. We will learn from this loss and come back better.”
Spyros Kapsalos led BA with 20 points, whilst Robin Bedford added 18.
Despite the loss, BA remain at the top of the South East league table, at 7-2.