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City of London Academy vs Barking Abbey School

London’s two premier Basketball Academy’s faced off in their second meeting of the season on Wednesday with City of London Academy taking a hard fought win 68-62, in a game that truly could of gone either way. 

The visiting National Champions came out of the gate in the first quarter with a point to prove opening up an early 9 point lead with Teresa Da Silva and Macy Spinks connecting on triples to give Barking a 6-15 lead with 7 minutes gone in the quarter. After a timeout CoLA began to find their stride behind 8 first quarter points from Megan Haines, a momentum shifting deep triple from Jade Guidolin-Duncan and then a buzzer beating step back jumpshot from Ashana Hinds to draw the home side within three points with the score 17-20.

The second quarter saw CoLA make some defensive adjustments and held Barking Abbey to just 9 points for the quarter. Solid inside play from Adaobi Nebuwa allowed CoLA get better looks from the outside with Haines and Guidolin-Duncan again connecting on triples in the quarter to give CoLA at 35-29 lead at the half. The third quarter saw CoLA extend their lead to 11 points with strong play from their guards bagging five triples in the quarter as the visitors changed their tactics. 

The fourth quarter saw Barking mount a serious comeback to cut the 11 point lead right down and then take the lead on a go ahead three from Da Silva and then another from Jolicia Cadogan, an impressive comeback in front of the loud CoLA home fans. Eleven points in the final four minutes from Megan Haines and some stellar defense sealed CoLA the victory and rise to second place in the WEABL.

 CoLA Coach Brian Nguru said: “We’ve really been working a lot with the players on spacing and movement over the past few weeks and I feel they did executed well for much of the game. Barking are a very tough and well coached team, literally either team could have taken this game so it was nice our girls pulled it out in the end”

CoLA were led by a very efficient 32 points from Megan Haines, supported by 10 points from Guidolin-Duncan and multiple scorers on 7 points. Barking were led by Da Silva’s 14 points, Cadogan with 12 and Loren Christie with 9 points. CoLA now go on the road to face Copleston in a tie that will decide the winners of the Southern Conference whilst Barking will also face Copleston on the road in their last game a week later.