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January 4, 2017 by Surrey Scorchers

Report: Scorchers 92-103 Lions

London Lions started 2017 with victory after returning to winning ways with a 92-103 success in front of a sell-out crowd at Surrey Sports Park.

Nigel Lloyd’s side had led by as many as 23 in the first half, but saw their opponents close to within six late in the game before holding on.

Zaire Taylor scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in the first half, while Rashad Hassan added 23 points to go with 11 rebounds. Alex Owumi showed off his passing skills with 11 assists for a double-double of his own having also reached 10 points.

The Lions made a blistering start to race into a 15-29 advantage after 10 minutes and the gap reached 23 points early in the second after a quickfire 8-0 burst.

Will Neighbour found early success driving to the basket for the Scorchers and the home side produced a strong finish to the half to reduce their deficit to 14.

At the end of a high-scoring third period, Joe Ikhinmwin beat the buzzer with the corner three to edge the Lions further clear, up 16.

Surrey continued to fight and closed to within six with two minutes to go, but the Lions were able to hold on to bounce back from Friday’s loss.

The Scorchers were without Chaz Rollins with Tayo Ogedengbe finishing with 25 points in his side’s 12th league defeat.

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