City of London Academy vs Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey kept their win streak going with a 77-62 win over City of London Academy on Monday evening in South East London.

Trailing at the half, BA responded with a dominant third quarter to move to 8-0 on the season. Ade Adebayo and Daniel Delgado both had 16 points and Micah Savery-Richards scored 10 points for the victors.

Patrick Lanipekun led CoLA with 19 points closely followed by Peter Turay with 17.

CoLA Head Coach Sterling Muschett said after the game:

“Today was a game of two halves with CoLA flirting with potential in the first half and Barking showing why they are favourites to repeat last year’s achievements in the second half.

“There was a high level of competitiveness and intensity on display throughout the contest but with the depth and experience that our opponents had, it proved to be one of the biggest differences on both ends of the floor. You always have to bring your A game against Barking and we did today in spurts.”

Barking started the game as the aggressors moving the ball and penetrating with CoLA withstanding the physical presence of their unbeaten counterparts. After settling in, CoLA jumped out to a 10 – 3 lead behind the outside shooting of Patrick Lanipekun and the inside activity of Peter Turay. The home side finished the first quarter up by one 18-17.

The second quarter saw CoLA extend the lead through the continued inside outside presence of Lanipekun and Turay who were both proving to be a handful for Barking as well as Jordan Okonji and James Hamilton on the glass and defending the paint.

With CoLA up 9 at the half 37 – 28, this proved to be a test for the mantle of the visitors who opened the third in dominant fashion. Barking were led by the inspired play of guards Ade Adebayo and Daniel Delgado leading Barking on an 11-2 run, tying the game 39-39.

Barking now had the bit between their teeth and begun to stifle the CoLA offence and frustrating the home side. The hosts lost the quarter by 14 and now trailed by by nine, 45-54 going into the fourth.

Despite the efforts from CoLA, Barking were balanced in their attack all the way through the last quarter with four players scoring 6 points each and having another quarter of scoring over 20 plus points. Barking ran out winning by 15 points 77 – 62.

Wednesday sees CoLA back at home hosting Oaklands whilst Barking host Canterbury in what will both be two highly competitive games.

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