BARKING, LONDON, April 23, 2018 – BA London Lions ended their wait for a first league win this season as a strong finish helped secured a 74-82 triumph on the road against Team Northumbria.
Career-high performances from two academy players, as Flora Durgerian had 15 points and Megan Sheret had 12, saw BA to victory, as the Lions end a run of 17 consecutive league defeats on the penultimate weekend of the regular season.
Christina Gaskin added 14 points, as BA put together an 11-2 spell to take control from behind and they were able to close out the win down the stretch.
“Incredibly pleased to get the first win in the WBBL,” BA Head Coach Mark Clark said. “After the win against Oaklands in the trophy, it gave us a little bit of confidence along with the good performance against Sevenoaks. I suppose we we could fall back on the ‘we do this for development’ and everything else but there’s nothing like getting a win against a good team like Northumbria.
“Everything we try to do here; with fFora going 5 of 8 from the three, and Megan with a crucial four points to ice the game, good contributions from Megan and Zoe; it’s about us being the academy and giving an opportunity for young players to play.
“When you have a season like ours, its crucial you have a group of people working with these players that stay positive and always trying to find ways to get better and find ways to win; it’s a big positive shout to everybody on the staff as well, we could have easily thrown in the towel.
“We’ve got a tough weekend ahead with Cardiff and Nottingham, so who knows, maybe we can finish the season 3-0.”
BA return to action next weekend to round out the season on Saturday against Cardiff (4:30pm at home), before facing Nottingham on Sunday (4:00pm away).
– An image of Flora Durgerian in action can be downloaded from here. Please credit Graham Hodges for any use.
– For more information contact Lloyd Gardner on [email protected] or call BA’s Basketball office on 0208 7241124.