BA went 1-2 across their three games this weekend, with a solid win for the Division 4 Men and particularly difficult losses in the WBBL and Division 1 Men.
Read on to find out what happened:
BA London Lions struggled against undefeated Sevenoaks Suns, suffering a 88-45 loss on the road on Sunday.
The WBBL title favourites pounced on BA from the start and never looked back, imposing themselves from the outset, and getting stronger as the game unfolded.
With BA Head Coach Mark Clark only able to observe after having to serve a one game ban following ejection a fortnight ago, BA were dominated on the glass and unable to get going at either end of the floor.
“Obviously that was a disappointing performance,” Clark said.
“Having not had the opportunity to coach because of the technical ejection two weeks ago, I was banned from the game and had the chance to observe it from the sidelines. It was quite possibly the worst performance we’ve ever had in the WBBL on a number of different levels. Can’t take anything anyway from Sevenoaks who are obviously one of the form teams at the moment and have quality across their roster.
“To keep a team to under 40% from the field and still give up 80+ points is an indication of how poor we were on the glass and that’s something we have to change and improve. Frustrated and disappointed, but we have a huge game coming up Friday, have to make some changes in terms of how we approach the game and hopefully we can do that with the BBC game coming up.”
Christina Gaskin led BA with 12 points, Cotton had 9, whilst Loren Christie added 8.
Chantelle Pressley led the home side with 20 points, Cat Carr had 16 points and 9 assists, whilst Ta’Yani Clark had 20 rebounds.
BA dropped to 0-7 and sit in last place in the table, but will hope to reverse their fortunes on Friday when they face Nottingham Wildcats on BBC Sport at 5pm.
BA partner club Kent Crusaders mounted an incredible comeback but ultimately fell short, 75-68 at the hands of Team Northumbria in Men’s Division 1 on Sunday at Northumbria.
A season-high 29 points from Caleb Fuller – 26 of which game in the second half – would not be enough for Kent, who battled back from a 21-point half time deficit to tie the game at 60 with four minutes to play before running out of gas.
“It was another Jekyll and Hyde performance from us unfortunately,” Crusaders Head Coach Lloyd Gardner commented.
“Yet again we gave up a big lead at the start of the game, got ourselves down 20 points in the first half. It’s frustrating because we had played pretty well, we were close on a lot things and the first half it just didn’t work for us.
“Second half, things were a lot better. We came together, we played with great energy, all credit to the guys, for us to tie the game at 60 was an incredible achievement. Then we didn’t have the quality of execution down the stretch that Northumbria did and they were able to win the game.
“I truly believe we’ve been getting better, we were better today than we’ve been in previous games, we’re starting to realise how to play at this level. So hopefully, this second half performance will be a kickstart as the season continues over Christmas. We’ve got some time to get even better, and we’re going to be using that and hopefully the second half of hte season will bring us some more success.”
Pierce Maslen had 11 points and 7 assists for Kent, whilst Micah Savery-Richards also reached double-figures with 10.
Malcolm Smith was Northumbria’s main threat as he finished with 26 points.
Crusaders will now break for Christmas before returning on January 6th at 4pm against Worthing Thunder at BA Leisure Centre.
The Division 4 Men secured a twenty point victory, 90-70, over Richmond Knights on Saturday at BA Leisure Centre.
Ade Adebayo led BA with 16 points, whilst Robin Bedford had 14, as BA dominated both the first and fourth quarters to keep the pressure on the top of the South East Conference league table.
“The players toughed one out today,” Head Coach James Vear said.
“I think the scoreline is not a true reflection of the game, as it felt a lot closer than a 20 point loss. A lot of credit should go to Rikki who did a great job after I got my second technical. The players also played with great energy in the 4th which saw us go on our big run.”
BA finish 2017 with an 8-2 record, in second place in the South East, and will now break for Christmas before returning on January 6th against Anglia Ruskin University away at 6:45pm.