Copleston High School 61 v 98 Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey beat Copleston 98 – 61 in a one sided game that saw the Suffolk side drop to 2-3 while Barking remain undefeated.

The Ipswich side have had a torrid start to the season. Reigning MVP Ethan Price is yet to play following a serious ankle sprain while new recruit Moyo Adekeye suffered a heartbreaking season ending injury in just his second game for the team last week in CoLA. Starters Seb Mobee and Jacob Morgan have both also missed games after injury setbacks that has meant that Ipswich Coach Nick Drane is having to go deep into his inexperienced bench in games against high calibre opponents.

As such, the game against Barking looked like damage limitation for IBA from the opening tip. Copleston started the game with two unforced turnovers and two missed lay ups. Barking were up 28-10 after one period, but from then on, Copleston at least made things competitive.

The teams tied the second period, and while the final score shows a significant margin of victory for Barking, Coach Drane was optimistic about some performances from his players. “Ben Winter was great today, he led the charge and although we lost, Ben was the games leading scorer and caused Barking several problems. I thought the two Harry’s did their job well and Seb Mobee has become a key player for us. If we can stay in the chasing pack until Ethan is back, we will be fine. Barking are just a lot better than us.”

Barking went on to win 98-61 with former Ipswich and Copleston player Veron Eze top scoring with 16. “It was great to see Veron back in Ipswich, and Barking showed some of our guys what this level is about,” said Copleston assistant Coach Adam Robinson. “Barking are a level above, so big, so athletic and so much size. Theo Hughes is so tall.”

Copleston host Oaklands next in a fortnight’s time while Barking host Canterbury in a battle between two undefeated teams.

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