All four Barking Abbey teams were in action this weekend, but it was just the Division 4 Men who managed to pick up victory.
Here’s a recap of all the action:
Partner club Kent Crusaders opened the Division 1 Men’s regular season with a 79-69 loss on the road at the hands of Manchester Magic on Saturday.
Crusaders struggled to contain veteran guard Stefan Gill, who registered 31 points, as Manchester managed to get the early lead off the back of a dominant opening period.
BA fought back across the second and third, but the home side reasserted their stranglehold on the game in the final period.
Kent Head Coach Lloyd Gardner commented:
“Manchester is always a tough place to go and get a win. I thought we played well and did the things we needed to take a victory. Unfortunately, at the end of the day we didn’t make enough shots to beat a team like Magic.
“For our team, it’s a learning curve of what we have to do to win at this level and we are getting closer, I’m confident that we can add that last bit of consistency to our performances in the future.”
Micah Savery-Richards led Kent with 17 points, Sean Nealon-Lino finished with 16, whilst Dwayne Orija added 14.
Kent return home to Barking Abbey next week, to take on Bradford Dragons on Saturday at 4pm.
BA London Lions II had a rough start to the season with an 83-64 loss on the road to Oxford Brookes University on Saturday afternoon.
With six new players making their BA debut, a relatively fresh BA squad were let down by a poor third quarter after trailing by just 8 at halftime.
Macy Spinks led BA with 14 points, Dami Adeyinka had 12, whilst Megan Sheret had 9.
“I’m reasonably happy with the performance,” said Head Coach Karen Burton.”We were very good in transition in the first half but some defensive lapses in the third quarter let the game get away from us. From an execution standpoint we showed some very good signs, we just have to keep working until it’s clicking all the time.”
BA will look to bounce back next weekend at Southwark Pride for a 2pm tip on Sunday.
The Division 4 Men cruised to a 108-59 rout of Anglia Ruskin University on Saturday at Barking Abbey Leisure Centre.
BA pounced early, and had a comfortable lead before the end of the first half. Led by a 27 point outburst from Spyros Kapsalos, BA moved to 2-0 atop of the South East Conference standings.
“We shot the ball really well today from start to finish,” Head Coach James Vear commented.
“Our bench did an incredible job of giving us energy when we got into foul trouble early, we are still a little bit inconsistent on the defensive end but we are moving in the right direction.”
Ade Adebayo added 14 for BA, who remain at home next Saturday, when they take on Cambridge Cats at 2pm.
BA London Lions dropped to 0-2 in the WBBL this season with an 84-62 loss at the hands of Sheffield Hatters in Sheffield.
The Yorkshire side extend their advantage at the top of the league table with their third straight win, as BA went down double digits early as they fought to get back into the game.
The visitors managed to get back within single digits multiple times in the second half but were unable to make the final push.
“Disappointed with the result, especially after we made such big improvements from last week,” BA London Lions Head Coach Mark Clark commented.
“It felt like we were in the game at various points in the second half, got it back to 6 multiple times in the third, got it back to 9 in the fourth.
“I’m disappointed because we made some naive decisions which we were punished for by a good Sheffield team, that I think will be a contender throughout the season.
“Great performance from Christina Gaskin, Charlotte Ellmore again looked like the player I think she can be, overall we stepped up, so there’s some great signs there.
“Now we’ve got two weeks to prepare for Cardiff and hopefully by that stage we’ll have two outstanding players on the floor, so I’m positive about going forward but still frustrated by the scale of the loss.”
Christina Gaskin led BA with 17 points, whilst Charlotte Ellmore had 14. BA struggled to contain Steph Gandy who had 21 points.