Canterbury High School vs Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey remained undefeated in EABL action this season as they picked up a 72-53 win over Canterbury High School on Wednesday.

A dominant defensive display through the middle of the game, saw Barking hold Canterbury to 16 points in the second and third quarter combined as they took a double figure lead and control of the game. After a rally early in the fourth quarter cut the lead to 7, Barking Abbey pulled away for the win.

Barking Abbey head coach Lloyd Gardner was pleased with the win saying:

“Today was a good competitive game for us. I thought defensively we were slow to start and Canterbury took advantage of that. They have guys that if you let get going can be difficult to stop but we responded and got some solid performances from a number of players.”

Canterbury head coach Jesse Sazant added:

“I’m proud of the way we competed and defended today. I thought Barking were excellent defensively in the second and third quarter. They made things really difficult for us on offence today.”

Barking, who were without league leading scorer Amin Adamu, started the game assertively, with Obi Agu and Pierce Maslen leading the way as they took a 7 point lead early. Canterbury replied, led by Tanaka Mandishona and Ryan Murunge, to take a 20-19 lead at the end of the first.

The teams engaged in a defensive battle for the first 5 minutes of the second quarter, with both teams struggling to score. Robin Bedford scored a number of key baskets, in the second quarter as Barking went on a late run to take a 33-27 lead into the halftime break.

After the break, the same pattern continued, with Barking gradually stretching their lead behind their defence. By the end of the quarter the lead had reached 48-36.

Canterbury showed signs of life in the fourth quarter sparked by Tyrese Walters and Tumi Olojede as they cut the lead to 7. However, Barking Abbey soon stemmed the tide, with Dan Akin, Jubrile Belo and Josh Kanini scoring inside in a variety of ways, stretching the lead to the final 72-53 margin.

Agu led 4 Barking Abbey players in double figures with 13, followed by Akin and Maslen with 12 each and Bedford with 10. Walters led Canterbury with 11, while Elliot Bailey and Mandishona scored 8 each.

Barking (13-0) will look to complete their undefeated season in the league when they host Copleston, while Canterbury (5-8) finish their season travelling to Oaklands.

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