Basketball: East London All Stars into semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:14 18 January 2018

East London All Stars are into the National Shield semi finals (pic Ilyas Ayub)

East London All Stars are into the National Shield semi finals (pic Ilyas Ayub)

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East London All Stars booked a place in the last four of the National Shield with victory over Barking Abbey at UEL on Sunday.

East London All Stars Teddy Okereafor scores with a dunk (pic Ilyas Ayub)East London All Stars Teddy Okereafor scores with a dunk (pic Ilyas Ayub)

The built an early 13-point lead, with all team members working hard.

And good team work kept them ahead, with excellent play at both ends of the court and superb handling by Daniel Delgado, Anthony Okereafor and Marcus Peterson.

Stephen Hemmings sank three-pointers and Seun Bashua-Olaofe produced good rebounding to keep Abbey under pressure and put Stars 63-58 up.

And the hosts ran out 93-79 winners, with Delgado (23), Peterson (21) and Bashua-Olaofe (19) top scoring. The semi-final with Birmingham is on February 4.

East London also beat Cardiff City 94-48 in Wales on Saturday and head coach Joshua Tackie said: “The team worked exceptionally hard and I’m thrilled for them. Our aim now is on the team remaining focused.”

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