Barking Abbey vs Myerscough College
- Updated: March 18, 2017
Barking Abbey have advanced to the EABL Championship Final after a 73-61 win over Myerscough in the semi-final on Wednesday afternoon at Barking Abbey Leisure Centre.
In a scrappy affair from start to finish, it wasn’t until the final minutes of the fourth quarter that BA pulled away for good, turning up the pressure after leading by just two entering the final period.
BA pounced on Myerscough early, jumping out to a 17-5 first quarter lead, but the visitors found their accuracy from beyond the arc in the second quarter, knocking down five of their twelve triples on the game to score 30 points in the period and get right back into the contest.
BA were unable to gain separation in the third period, with both teams trading blows, and only two points separated the two sides, 53-51, heading into the last quarter, where BA got their defence going for steals and transition baskets to pull away for good.
Amin Adamu and RJ Eytle-Rock led BA with 18 points a piece, whilst Dan Akin joined them in double figures with 13.
Ayo Nuwe single handedly kept Myerscough in it at times, knocking down seven three pointers on his way to 21 points, Zion Tordoff had 10, whilst Edoardo Del Cadia finished with 8.
“Obviously we are delighted to make the final in the EABL,” said BA Head Coach Lloyd Gardner.
“I don’t think there will be many style points awarded for the game the way it was played, but at the end of the day, the key thing was to win and that’s exactly what we did.
“We dealt with adversity in the second quarter really well when Myerscough hit a lot of tough shots, they shot it really well and they’re a good team, so for us to win a game like that we’re really pleased.
“But we know we will have to play better, and we can perform better than we did on the day. I thought we played quite tight which surprised me, but we’re on to the final now and it’s an opportunity for us to win the Championship.”
BA will take on Charnwood in the 2017 EABL Championship final next Wednesday at Leicester Arena in Leicester.