D4 Men Seal Playoff Spot, D1 Men Hold on – Weekend Wrap Up

Date: 13th March 2018   •   Category: Division 1 Women, Division 4 Men, Kent Crusaders, Latest News

All four teams were in action this weekend, with the Division 4 Men booking their playoff spot.

Read on to find out what happened.


BA London Lions were unable to put an end to their slide despite a much-improve performance, going down 64-46 at the hands of Caledonia Pride on Saturday in the WBBL at Oriam Arena in Edinburgh.

BA were hanging around until a 16-2 spell from Caledonia bridging the third and fourth quarters, that saw them pull away, as they held the visitors scoreless for a five minute period.

Pride dominate the glass on their way to 29 offensive rebounds, resulting in 19 second chance points

The win gave Pride the head-to-head between the teams, snapping a run of three straight defeats and strengthening their place in the Play-off positions.

BA were led by 10 points from Zoe Willis as the only player in double digits, whilst Tereza Brantlova added 9 and Urysla Cotton 7.

Tricia Oakes led Oaklands with 20 points, and 8 rebounds.

“Much better performance,” BA Head Coach Mark Clark said. “Defensively we were good just couldn’t rebound well enough and struggled a little bit once we were put under more pressure in the second half to execute offensively.

“But much much better performance, everybody was on the same page. Zoe Willis was very good, both offensively and defensively and showed she’s really adjusted; it bodes well for her moving forward, not just the rest of the season but her college career.

“We got some quality minutes out of Macy Spinks so that was impressive, lots of good things came out of it, if we could add some rebounding to the improved effort at the defensive end then we’ll be prepared for the upcoming games.”

BA will now take on Team Northumbria on March 22.

Box score.

D1 Men

BA partner club Kent Crusaders held on for a one point victory, 74-73, to defeat Team Newcastle University on the road on Saturday at home.

Crusaders held double digit leaves in both the first and second halves before allowing Team Newcastle back into the game. However, the victory demonstrates the progress the side has made, having suffered an 18 point defeat at the hands of the Knights earlier in the season.

Caleb Fuller continued his recent string of strong performances with 26 points, whilst Kalil Irving added 12 and Dwayne Orija 8.

“I think the game today showed the growth of our team over the course of the season, but also the areas we need to work on,” Kent Head Coach Lloyd Gardner said.

“Last time we played Newcastle they gave us a pretty good beating up there, but at this point later on in the season we showed our improvements with how competitive we were.

“But then at the same time, we had a double digit lead in the first and second half and never put the game to bed, letting Newcastle back in through some good play from them. That’s something we have to learn moving forward, how to win a game when you have the early lead.”

Next Saturday (March 17) Crusaders, who are now 9-11 in ninth place in the table, travel to take on National Cup champions Hemel Storm.

D1 Women

BA London Lions II were let down by a poor fourth quarter as they were defeated 51-35 at the hands of Loughborough Student Riders in Loughborough on Sunday.

Having had a solid first half performance, BA were outscored 17-3 in the final period as Loughborough ran away with the game.

Macy Spinks led BA with 7 points, whilst Sade Orija added 5.

“We were brilliant in the first half,” BA Head Coach Karen Burton said. “We did a good job shutting down Ebony and Megan Jones, and defensively were aggressive in our rotations.

“We just can’t maintain that level of play which is disappointing. We try to adjust it every week and the same errors continue to happen. We’re in a tough spot going into the last few games of the season needing a couple of wins.

“Macy tried to lead from the front and I thought Lizzy Esan was more active defensively that has been all season which is a positive sign for her.”

BA are now 3-16 in twelfth place in the standings and will travel to Bristol on Saturday to face the Flyers.

D4 Men

The Division 4 Men sealed a spot in the post-season with a 88-53 road win over Chelmsford Lions on Saturday.

Ade Adebayo and Nathaniel Powell led BA with 15 points each, whilst Robin Bedford had 12.

“Today was as good a performance we have had all season,” BA Head Coach James Vear said.

“With the win we have now clinched a playoff spot, a lot of credit has to go to the players who have done an incredible job all year. We still have 2 games left against the 2 teams that have beat us this year so we will be concentrating on that in the coming weeks.”

BA started the contest well, getting open looks in the opening period and being carried by Ade Adebayo who scored 12 of his 15 in the quarter.

BA maintained the tempo in the second quarter, taking advantage of a short-handed Chelmsford squad who suited up just 7 plays. Powell got going in the second, scoring 8 points as BA led by 13 at the half.

BA came out firing in the third, extending the lead to 20 and holding off a mini run from Chelmsford to regain control. In the fourth the lead ballooned to 30 and it stayed that way until the final buzzer.

BA return home on Saturday to face Kent Crusaders II at 2pm.