With the WBBL season on a break due to the FIBA Qualifying windows and the Division 4 Men with a rare weekend off, it was just the Division 1 sides in action this weekend, splitting their games.
The Division 1 Men got back to winning ways with a 79-96 road win over Lancashire Spinners on Saturday at Castle Leisure Centre.
Crusaders poured in 29 points in the opening period to take a lead and they would cruise the rest of the way, registering 26 assists.
“Today was a really solid win for us,” Head Coach Lloyd Gardner said. “We haven’t played particularly well on the road so far this season and today we played with a much better energy.
“Defensively I thought we were pretty good, it was a really pleasing all around performance. Going to Lancashire, it’s a difficult place to play.
“We set the tone early with our defence and that really gave us a platform to be free in the game because we had come out with an energy and intensity in the first five minutes that we haven’t seen when we’ve been on the road.”
Boosted by the return of Sean Nealon-Lino from injury, as he went for 14 points and 5 assists off the bench, Crusaders shot 52% overall from the field, aided by a season-high 19 points off the bench from Micah Savery-Richards.
Caleb Fuller continued his strong season to lead from the front with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals on 10-for-13 shooting.
Kent will return home next weekend to take on Leicester Warriors on Saturday at BA Leisure Centre for a 4pm tip.
BA London Lions II went down with a 59-52 road defeat the hands of University of Nottingham on Saturday in Nottingham.
With BA down two starters due to injury, the home side jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back, as BA chased from behind.
A second half comeback after going with a small line up helped reduce the deficit but ultimately BA came up short.
“Poor defence at the start of the game meant we were on the back foot early,” Head Coach Karen Burton said.
“It’s the position we have been in most games and again we came back in the second half but it was too late.
“Scoring from our three guards today was not enough to bring us a better performance. We have to get more contribution from our bigs otherwise it’s going to be tough for the rest of the season.”
BA were led by 12 points from Charlotte Ellmore, 11 from Macey Spinks and 10 from Dami Adeyinka.
BA will look to bounce back next Sunday at home when they take on Team Birmingham Elite at 2pm.
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