LEICESTER — Myerscough came up short in its bid for a second EABL Championship following a 96-83 defeat to Barking Abbey on Thursday.
Konrad Kantorski scored a game-high 26 points to go with five assists and Mate Okros added a double-double (20 points & 15 rebounds) for Myerscough (13-2), which shot 37 percent and never got going until late.
“It’s been a long and tough season where we’ve done really good throughout the year, but on the day we were beaten by the better team for sure,” said Myerscough coach Neal Hopkins. “We just had too many lapses and that allowed them to establish some comfort and we were always fighting a losing battle from then on.”
Myerscough fell behind 49-38 at halftime after Barking (16-1) shot 55 percent and hit 16-of-22 shots from inside the arc in the opening 20 minutes. An 11-3 first-quarter run put Sco into a double-digit deficit, but they fought to within four with two minutes remaining.
Barking, which finished with 46 points in the paint, however, would go on to lead by as many as 27 after the break and had four players score in double-figures en route to back-to-back playoff titles.
All-EABL East First Teamers Caleb Fuller and Ade Adebayo scored 18 points apiece and combined for 13 of Barking’s 25 assists. Sean Nealon-Lino had 13 and Theo Hughes added 10 in the win.
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