Canterbury Academy 59 – 81 Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey used a dominant third quarter to maintain their undefeated record, with an 81-59 win over Canterbury in the EABL on Wednesday.

Barking turned up the pressure at both ends, as a 27-11 3rd quarter, turned a 3 point halftime lead into a 19 point advantage, effectively ending the contest.

Barking Head Coach James Vear reinforced this saying: “It is always really hard to come here and get a win. Canterbury are well coached and do a great job of trying to exploit your weaknesses. I thought we played well second half and did a better job defensively which allowed us to stretch out the lead.”

Canterbury started the game on the front foot, as 8 first quarter points from Chester Morrell, propelled them to a 20-13 lead.

The second quarter was a back and forth affair. The lead changed multiple times as the two teams took turns going on mini-runs. With the score tied up, Louis Norton hit a big 3 to finish the half and give Barking a 39-36 lead.

Barking opened the crucial 3rd quarter with an 11-3 run, led by Veron Eze, Titus Warari and Tautvydas Mielauskas.  After Canterbury briefly steadied things and cut the lead to 7, Barking reeled off 12 straight points to put the game out of reach.

The final quarter was back and forth with neither team taking hold of it.

Canterbury Head Coach Adam Davies, reflected on the game being a tale of two halves, saying: “We started the game with such great intensity and energy. We disrupted Barking’s flow of offence and attacked them on defence to create the shots we wanted.

“Unfortunately in the second half we struggled to find that same intensity and Barking’s ability and depth proved to be a difference. After a tough game like this we need to stay together and be ready for our difficult run in to the end of the season.”

Barking were led by Eze and Norton with 14 each and Warari had 11. Morrell had 19 for Canterbury with Robbie Graham chipping in with 10 and Jonathan Fakile 9.

Barking remain undefeated at 13-0 and face a trip to CoLA in a few weeks. Canterbury remain in fourth place at 8-5 and face a tough trip to Copleston next week.

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