Oaklands College vs Barking Abbey

Barking Abbey began the defence of their title with a 61-77 road win over Oaklands College on Wednesday.

Barking led by as many as 29, and were led by Ade Adebayo’s 19 points with Spyros Kapsalos and Robin Bedford adding 16 and 14, respectively.

Oaklands Head Coach Thomas Baker commented:

“The guys played with real enthusiasm and intensity today and it was a game that gives us a lot to learn from. Credit to Coach Vear and Barking, they demonstrated why they were the champions last year and with the roster they have I think they will be the team to beat this year.

“For us, we will continue to grow and be better game by game, we identified afterwards what went well and what we need to improve on and I am excited to get back on the floor with the guys tomorrow.”

In both teams first games of the season, it was Barking who started better running out to a 9-3 lead. Following another 5-0 later on in the first quarter with scoring from Robin Bedford and Ade Adebayo, Barking closed out the period 22-12.

It was much of the same in the second quarter, with Oaklands struggling to find consistency in the early stages. Another 9-4 run to finish the second quarter, which included an emphatic break away dunk from Annas Petrauskas, saw Barking finish the first half ahead 44-28.

The tempo remained high in the second half, the teams shared moments of strong defense and offensive execution by trading baskets earlier on in a 7-5 run.

However, with Oaklands again struggling to find consistency in their offense in the latter part of the quarter, Barking were able to capitalise and extend their lead further with an 11-5 run to finish the third.

A strong start to the fourth saw Barking reach a game-high lead of 29 points, before a 14-0 run that involved some nice offense from Oaklands debutant Shaheem Tuvera and three’s from returners Jordan George and Ola Olanrele saw the home side bring the Barking lead back down to 15.

With the momentum with the home side in the final couple minutes it made for an exciting finish but unfortunately Oaklands couldn’t make the momentum count and Barking ended up as the deserved winners.

The home side had Shaheem Tuvera with 17 points, Jordan George went for 18 and Jordan Tomlinson rounded out Oaklands top scorers with 9.

Oaklands travel to JMA next Wednesday where as Barking host BHASVIC in the Capital in two more high quality EABL fixtures.

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