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BBL: London Lions 78 Glasgow Rocks 78

PUBLISHED: 13:15 11 May 2018

London Lions Joe Ikhinmwin looks dejected on the sidelines at the Copper Box (pic Graham Hodges)

London Lions Joe Ikhinmwin looks dejected on the sidelines at the Copper Box (pic Graham Hodges)

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London Lions were held to a tie in the first leg of thir play-off semi-final by the Rocks at Copper Box Arena on Thursday.

The visitors overcame a poor start to earn a share of the spoils and will have returned to Scotland the happier of the two sides ahead of Sunday’s second leg north of the border.

Lions were in complete control early on and sank six of 12 three-point attemps, with Jon Thompson, Justin Robinson and Paul Guede in upstoppable form.

The hosts led 28-11 at the first break and still had a double-digit lead (46-36) at half time.

But Glasgow scored the first seven points of the second half to cut the gap to three, with Lions missing 13 attempts from long range.

Rocks outscored the home side 22-6 on fast-break scores and moved six points up, before Guede led a London recovery to level it up at the buzzer.

Cory Dixon top scored for Lions with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, as Thompson (12), Guede (11), Brandon Peel (10) and Robinson (10) also reached double figures.

But late season signing Warren Gillis (16) led the way for Glasgow, who will look to make the most of home advantage at the Emirates Arena on Sunday (5pm).

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