Barking Abbey continued their strong academy league seasons on Wednesday with wins in both the EABL and WEABL.
Barking Abbey continued their win EABL win streak with a 83-74 win over Copleston on the road on Wednesday.
Up 14 heading into the final period and appearing to be comfortably in control, Copleston mounted a fourth quarter run, pulling to within four in the final minute before BA were able to close out the victory and improve to 10-0/
Caleb Fulled led BA with 17 points against his old squad, while Micah Savery-Richards added 16, Jonathan St Hilaire had all 12 of his points in the first half and Nathaniel Powell finished with 12.
“Going to Copleston is always a tricky game in the EABL, today was no different,” BA Head Coach Lloyd Garnder said.
“I thought we did a good job in the first half of opening up a lead but then our half court defence was not of the standard we set for ourselves in the second half and that was disappointing.
“All credit for the way Copleston played, they managed to get themselves back into the game and made it interesting down the stretch. But I thought we had the quality in execution in the final minutes that we deserved the win.”
Next week BA travel to John Madejski Academy as the final stretch of the regular season approaches.
Barking Abbey improved to 3-0 in the WEABL atop of the table, after an 89-54 win over John Madejski Academy on Wednesday afternoon at home.
BA went on an 11-0 run to open the game and never looked back, maintaining a double digit lead for the majority of the contest and pulling away in the fourth quarter behind the play of Megan Sheret and Loren Christie.
Charlotte Ellmore led BA with 24 points, Zoe Willis added 15 and Loren Christie had 14.
“For JMA’s first year in the WEABL they gave a great account of themselves,” BA Head Coach Karen Burton commented. “I can see them getting better as the season goes on. I am happy that we played with a tempo that set the pace of the game throughout.We had good leadership again from the Seniors in Charlotte and Zoe.
“That’s three good solid wins for us in the WEABL with the players playing in WBBL and Division One on a weekly basis it shows how important it is to play at the highest level consistently.”
JMA were led by reigning WEABL Player of the Week Noa Sanchez Marquez with 20 points, with Angelique Villava-Cua with 14 and Saffie Jarju with 10.
BA will now travel to face Copleston next week.