EABL Semi Final
Barking Abbey made it one step closer to a three peat in the EABL after a hard fought 63-58 victory over Myerscough College on Wednesday afternoon.
A back and forth affair provided a competitive game, good for the neutral as neither team got a firm grip throughout. Myerscough came out strongly jumping out to a 7-0 start, which would be the largest lead of any team in the game. Abbey chipped away at the gap in the first quarter behind some strong play from Robin Bedford and Jonathan Brown ending down 17-19.
The second and third quarters stayed close with the lead changing hands multiple times. Defenses were on top as points were hard to come by for both teams. Myerscough entered the final period with a 51-50 lead but they were held to just 7 points in the quarter through some strong defense from Abbey.
After a steal and finish from Spyros Kapsalos to give Abbey a 58-55 lead, Amari Williams went 1 of 2 from the line and then Mate Okros was unable to convert on a three point play that would have given Myerscough the lead. In the final ninety seconds it was the home team that made the crucial plays as Chris Feeney finally found his range for three and then Spyros Kapsalos scored from an inbound play with 22 seconds to go to seal the game.
Jonathan Brown lead Abbey in scoring with 18 points joined in double figures by Kapsalos with 14 and Robin Bedford with 10
For Myerscough, Amari Williams top scored with 13 points, Mate Okros added 11 and Samni Fajana had 8.
Barking Abbey coach Lloyd Gardner commentated:
“This was a great win for us today. Myerscough are a good team and have a fantastic program. We didn’t play at our best today, and neither did they, but I’m proud that all the things we talked about throughout the year and areas we had to improve came through for us today. We dug in on the defensive end and played a really smart game on that end of the floor. Mentally we stayed engaged even when we had a really poor night shooting the ball and that showed a lot of growth for us as a team”.
Barking Abbey will now get a week off before facing Charnwood College in the EABL final on April 3rd at Essex Sports Arena in Colchester