#1 Barking Abbey 89 – 53 #4 Manchester Magic Academy

Barking Abbey put in a good performance to get to the Final Fours of the EABL playoffs against a well-coached Manchester team, coming out on top 89-53.

Manchester started the quicker of the two teams, jumping out to 5-0 lead behind stand out guard Luke Gordos.  Barking would rally and finish the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 19-14 lead.

The second quarter stared well for the hosts behind Thomas Sowoolu, would go on to be Barking’s top scorer on the day. His baskets would help BA take a 12 point lead into the half.

The third quarter would see BA break the game open behind some good defensive play, limiting the visitors to win the quarter 23-11 and take a 20-point lead into the 4th.

The final frame saw Barking once again step up defensively, winning the quarter 29-16 to seal a sizeable victory.

Top scorers for Barking were Sowoolu with 14, Veron Eze on 13 and Louis Norton 12. Luke Gordos top scored for Manchester in 17, Jason Ani had 13 and Malachi Boakye-Yiadom had 7.

Barking head coach James Vear commented: “I thought we played three very good quarters today, especially defensively.”

The win for Barking means they will now face Copleston in the Final Fours after Coach Drane’s side defeated last year’s winners Charnwood 71-62.

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