Young Lions continue good runs

BA and New City Lions stay perfect

Barking Abbey Academy Lions boys continued their unbeaten start to the season with a thrilling 67-65 home victory against Oaklands Wolves, on Wednesday.

The Barking Abbey-based team looked comfortable at the end of the third period with a 51-40 lead, but they had to withstand a furious comeback from the visitors before completing their third straight victory.

The young Lions opened with a 7-0 run and nine unanswered points helped them lead 27-10 at the first break. But the visitors gave a sign of things to come with an 18-8 second period to cut the lead back to 35-27 heading into the half-time break.

That lead grew 11 at the final break before  Wolves took the margin down to two points heading into the final 90 seconds before big baskets from Stephen Asante and J Seni put Lions back in charge and Asante’s three sealed a vital win.

Asante led the way with 17 points, while Eddy Colley  added 15 points and Buchanan finished with 11.

In contrast, Lions girls’ difficult start to the campaign continued with a 72-50 home loss against Oaklands.

Wolves led from tip to buzzer as Lions went into the first break trailing 23-15 and a low scoring second period saw the visitors go into the locker room with a 30-20 advantage. Any chance of a comeback were ended by a 23-11 third period to give Wolves a 55-31 lead and they outscored Lions 27-11 to collect the victory.

Fatmata Janeh led the Lions with 23 points with Nicholle Lavinier finishing with 12 points and Codum adding ten.

Meanwhile New City College Lions made it eight straight victories with a 103-42 hammering of Northfleet Technical College.

Andre Lockhart’s team never looked back after a 24-7 first period and had effectively wrapped things up by half-time as they led 48-18 going into the locker room. A 30-13 third quarter ended any thoughts of a comeback, and the young Lions wrapped things up with a 25-11 final frame.

L Bennett led NCC with 25 points, with A Bari adding 20, O Israel- Olaleka finished with 19 points and both Tucker and Osubanireu chipping in with 11 apiece.