D4 Men Win Fifth Straight, Heavy Losses in WBBL & D1 – Weekend Wrap Up

Date: 5th February 2018   •   Category: Division 1 Women, Division 4 Men, Kent Crusaders, Latest News, WBBL

The Division 4 Men provided the only victory of the weekend, with the WBBL, Division 1 Men and Division 1 Women all suffering heavy losses.

Read on to find out what happened:


BA London Lions suffered a 45-72 loss at the hands of Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters on Saturday afternoon at BA.

A powerful opening by Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters that saw them jump out to a double digit lead set the tone for a comfortable win in the capital as the Yorkshire side maintained their tilt at the title.

At the opposite end of the standings, Lions continue to look for what would be a cherished first win of a challenging campaign.

Charlotte Ellmore and Loren Christie led BA with 11 points each, while Christina Gaskin finished with 7.

BA fell to 0-12 on the season.

D1 Men

Division 1 Men partner club Kent Crusaders suffered a heavy 102-44 defeat at the hands of Loughborough Student Riders on Saturday afternoon in Loughborough.

Crusaders were not able to continue their promising performances in recent weeks, being outscored 23-8 in the opening quarter and trying to play catch up the rest of the way.

“There’s not a whole lot to say about our performance really,” Head Coach Lloyd Gardner said.

“We took an old fashioned beating today. In multiple areas we didn’t come to play. Obviously Loughborough are a good team, they showed that today but if we’re being honest I don’t think they event got out of second gear.

It’s really disappointing on the back of last weekend’s performance where we played pretty well to beat Hemel, we just didn’t show up today and proved to ourselves once again if we don’t show up with energy and quality in this league we’ll be beaten and that’s exactly what happened today.

“We need to take this as a lesson and look forward and realise we can’t come with a performance like this and expected to get anything but beaten heavily as we were today.”

Micah Savery-Richards and Pierce Maslen led Crusaders with 10 each as the only players in double figures for the visiting side.

Kent, now 6-10 in 12th place in the table, will look to bounce back on Saturday evening when they travel to face Lancashire Spinners.

Box score.

D1 Women

BA London Lions II were unable to break their losing streak in Division 1 Women, with a 40-67 loss at the hands of Reading Rockets on Sunday at BA Leisure Centre.

BA were on the back-foot from the outset, and unable to recover the deficit. Dami Adeyinka led BA with 19 points, whilst Lizzy Esan and Emily Bidal added 6 each.

“It is the first time I’m disappointed with the team,” said Head Coach Karen Burton. “We have always – no matter how the game was going – stayed on the same page and stuck to what we know works for us. Today we went away from it.

“Individual play and too many careless turnovers cost us the game, along with missed opportunities due to lack of concentration.

“Dami again managed to find the basket and kept up her contribution to the team as the only player in double figures.

“Back to the drawing board tomorrow to find contributors from elsewhere within the team to halt the poor performance and get back to being the better team we are.”

BA, whose losing streak increased to eight games, will now take on University of Nottingham on the road next Saturday (3:00pm tip).

D4 Men

The Division 4 Men won their fifth consecutive game with a 69-49 victory over London Thunder Lewisham on Saturday in South London.

Spyros Kapsalos led BA with 17 points, while Robin Bedford and Nathaniel Powell added 12 each, as a dominant fourth quarter where they held Lewisham to just four points saw them run out winners.

“It was a really good performance today especially on the defensive end,” BA Head Coach James Vear said.

“We made life difficult for them by making them take tough shots and we hit some key markers we have been talking about the last couple of weeks.”

With Thunder playing a zone defence to open the game, BA used accuracy from beyond the arc to open the game though struggled defensively to lead 19-17 after the opening period.

BA turned the screw defensively in the second period to open up a lead and hold a 49-39 halftime lead.

A flat start in the third quarter saw Lewisham fight back until a dominant fourth quarter performance saw BA secure the victory.

BA are now 12-2 in second place in the South East league table, and will have a week off before taking on Norfolk Titans on Saturday February 17 on the road.