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Commonwealth Games 2018: England basketball squads both win

PUBLISHED: 09:15 08 April 2018

A view of a statue of Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi the blue koala at Surfers Paradise (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

A view of a statue of Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi the blue koala at Surfers Paradise (pic Mike Egerton/PA)

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England’s men and women both celebrated wins in their latest matches at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The women, including former Barking Abbey student Melita Emanuel-Carr, bounced back from defeat against Canada to beat Mozambique 78-51.

Azania Stewart led the way with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, as England opened up a double-figure lead in the first quarter.

Up 36-27 at half time, England were frustrated by the hard-working African side in the third quarter to see their lead held to 11.

But Emanuel-Carr made a four-point play early in the final session and added another from long range to finish with nine points as England eventually pulled clear.

Coach Jose Buceta said: “I don’t think the result reflects what happened on the court. The Mozambique team did a good job. I’m happy with our performance.”

England face hosts Australia in their last preliminary game on Monday.

Meanwhile, the men’s squad made it back-to-back wins in their group with success against Cameroon.

Beaten by Scotland in their first fixture, they had seen off India by a resounding 100-54 margin.

And they followed that with an 81-54 success over Cameroon, where a dominant third-quarter display proved key as they extended a 37-31 half-time lead to 66-45.

Hackney’s Orlan Jackman scored five points in 24.29 of court time, while Barking Abbey alumni Robert Gilchrist also managed five points from 26.19 of action.

London Lions captain and UEL student Joe Ikhinmwin added two points and England now wait to see who their next opponent will be on Tuesday, with Canada looking the most likely.

“It’s tournament play,” coach Andreas Kapoulas said. “You’ve got to be able to bounce back. We suffered a loss but we went back to the drawing board and the guys worked really hard. I’m proud of how this team has responded to the challenge.”

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