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London Lions 93 – 79 Surrey Scorchers

Surrey Scorchers lost out on the road to the table-topping London Lions in the British Basketball League Championship.

Surrey Scorchers lost out on the road to the table-topping London Lions in the British Basketball League Championship.

Despite a somewhat flattering score line the lions deservedly took the points at The Copper Box Arena, ensuring their near perfect home record remained intact.

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Following a slow start, the Scorchers began to take control of the game in the opening quarter, big man Morakinyo Williams proving too much for the Lions down low.

However, a determined display from reigning BBL MVP Justin Robinson helped the home side level the scores at 21 a piece at the close of the first quarter.

The late resurgence proved to be vital for the hosts, who began to assert their dominance over the visiting Scorchers.

Despite Williams continuing his impressive start to the game, combined with a series of 3-point shots from debutant Chaed Wellian, Lions contained the Scorchers to a mere 16 points in the second quarter.

Lions on the other hand were scoring at will, putting up 30 points as Robinson and Ladarius Tabb leading the charge for the home side. Surrey headed to the changing rooms 51-37 behind.

The penultimate quarter followed a similar trend, Scorchers chasing the hosts but never quite coming within touching distance.

Joe Mvuezolo showed his impressive shooting range as he rained shots from outside to close the gap, whilst Anthony Elechi proved a menace on the boards defensively to limit the Lions scoring.

With all to gain and nothing to lose, Scorchers came out all guns blazing in the final quarter of the game.

Bolstered by an unbelievable circus shot in the closing moments of the previous quarter, Quincy Taylor began to drive the Scorchers forward, using his electric pace to cause havoc at the heart of the London defence.

Just as the impossible seemed to be becoming possible, a series of fouls, technical and unsportsmanlike calls put the nail in the coffin, Lions seizing their opportunity to take back control.

From that point onward there was no coming back, in spite of the best efforts of the Scorchers unit, London Lions eventually emerging 93-79 victors.

Surrey Scorchers lost their first game since January on Friday evening as they fell 94-71 to the London Lions at the Copper Box Arena.

Surrey Scorchers lost their first game since January on Friday evening as they fell 94-71 to the London Lions at the Copper Box Arena.

London built a lead in the 1st quarter that Scorchers were unable to claw back as they concede the season series 2-1.

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Alex Owumi led the Scorchers with 21 points but it wasn’t enough against their fellow BBL Play-Off contenders.

London started the game as they meant to go on with an organised offence. They scored 27 points while Scorchers struggled to just 17 in the opening 10 minutes.

A low scoring second period followed as neither team could get the ball into the basket. A deep 3-pointer from Caylin Raftopoulos pushed Surrey onwards but they ultimately went into the break down by 14 points.

Creon Raftopoulos’ side didn’t lie down however and were soon back within as few as 3 points thanks to some lights out shooting from former Lion Alex Owumi.

Their hard work was cancelled out by London who re-built the lead to 8 points by the end of the quarter.

Tony Hicks also fouled out of the contest to add to the Scorchers’ problems.

The home side ran away with the 4th quarter 28-13 to claim the win and end Scorchers’ 4game winning streak.

Scorchers are back at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday afternoon to take on the Newcastle Eagles (2.15pm tip-off) and tickets are expected to be limited in supply over the weekend!

London Lions make it a 2-0 start to the season with a convincing win over Surrey Scorchers at the Copper Box Arena.

London Lions make it a 2-0 start to the season with a convincing win over Surrey Scorchers at the Copper Box Arena.

Mariusz Karol’s side backed up their road win in Worcester on Friday night to inflict a first defeat on Surrey – who had also won away from home on the opening night.

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Leading Scorers – Flannigan 19, Robinson 15, Latinovic 13 (Lions) – Ogedengbe 18, Owumi 16, Robinson 13 (Scorchers)

Turning Point – The Lions never trailed in the contest, but Surrey were only three down late in the first before back-to-back triples gave the hosts the momentum into a dominant second before leading by 33 at one stage.

Key Stat – The depth of the Lions told with their bench outscoring Surrey 37-18, while their ball movement resulted in 24 assists, shooting 55% from the field.

Game Hero(es) – Demonte Flannigan top scored again with 19 points, Brandon Peel impressed off the bench with 11 points on 5-6 shooting along with a team-high six rebounds, while Moritz Lanegger handed out nine assists.

Scorchers are back on the road this Sunday when they face the Cheshire Phoenix in a 5.30pm tip-off.

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