BBL: London Lions 75 Glasgow Rocks 93
PUBLISHED: 20:59 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 20:59 17 March 2018
Glasgow Rocks spoilt Justin Robinson’s Brixton homecoming with a dominant victory over the London Lions.
Despite Robinson putting up 28 points, six assists and four steals, the Lions struggled to make themselves heard while the Rocks were punishing them for mistakes clinically and efficiently.
The Lions struggled right from the off, with the Rocks defence frustrating the home side while their offence seemed to be able to score at will.
The hosts kept fighting, with some nice moments of play, including a lovely steal by Corey Dixon at the midpoint of the first quarter, but Glasgow would quickly recover, in this case forcing Joe Ikhinmwin into turning the ball over.
By the end of the first quarter, the Rocks looked well on top, up 27-17.
Things didn’t look up as the second quarter got underway, with a quick timeout being called by coach Vince Macaulay with just a minute and a half gone in the period.
It didn’t seem to help as the turnovers kept coming and the visitors kept the pressure on and with a minute to go in the half, another timeout was called as the score rose to 42-26.
But the Lions found nothing would drop and, despite some nice looks, the score remained the same going into the break.
Coming out of halftime and things started looking up for London as five quick points – a three from John Thompson and a jump shot from Brandon Peel – brought the Rocks lead down to 13.
The optimism wasn’t to last long however, as the visitors stepped back on the gas and put up 10 points which the Lions could only answer with a two-point shot from Thompson.
As Robinson and Thompson battled to keep the score from running away, the Rocks bench were being just as effective as their starters.
Two free throws from former Lion Will Hall took the lead up to 24 with three minutes to go in the third, before Earl Brown made the lead 25.
Thompson and Robinson kept battling, with two shots from downtown, but it just wasn’t enough and the Rocks went into the final quarter break ahead by 25 at 73-48.
The Lions would turn it on for the fourth quarter, putting up 25 points compare with 20 for the Rocks. But it was simply too little too late and the Rocks took the game by 18 points.
The Lions will need to regroup as they go into a frantic set of fixtures that will see them playing five times before Easter Sunday.
The first of these games is against local rivals Surrey at the Copper Box on Friday March 23. Tip is at 7.30pm.