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London Lions character shines through as the progress into BBL Cup semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 October 2017

London Lions Will Hall and Justin Robinson in action against Leicester Riders (Pic: Graham Hodges)

London Lions Will Hall and Justin Robinson in action against Leicester Riders (Pic: Graham Hodges)

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The London Lions had to dig deep to recover from a loss at Sheffield on Friday night and then knock out League Champions Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup on Saturday night.

Poor scheduling had seen the capital side have to play both games on the road and back to back against fellow top four contenders.

Having looked out of sorts in Sheffield on their way to an 83-73 loss, the Lions appeared the fresher team as they ground down the Riders in a tough physical game at the Leicester Arena on Saturday.

London Lions are into the BBL Cup semi-finals for the third year in a row after beating Leicester Riders 67-59 on the road, led by Momcilo Latinovic.

It is also Leicester’s second straight home defeat, while London have snapped a run of consecutive road losses.

A strong Lions start to the game held their hosts to just 8 points in the first quarter and it was this that was the platform for the win.

This gave Lions enough of a cushion which they defended fiercely, as Riders tried to respond.

Demonte Flannigan rebounded like a beast as he garnered 15 boards whilst Guede and Latinovic did the work on the offensive end.

Andre Lockhart and Joe Ikhinimwin brought energy and intensity on the floor as the visitors forced turnovers that proved costly to Rob Paternostro’s men.

The home side got as close as four points in the fourth quarter but the damage was done and the Lions were the first team to book their place in the BBL Cup Semi-Finals.

Lions scorers: Latinovic 20, Guede 13, Robinson 11, Hall 7, Flannigan 6, Ikhinmwin 4, Peel 4, Lanegger 2, Lockhart 0, Isenbarger, Roberts, James

Riders Scorers; Leonard 16, Hampton 13, Holder 11.

The game against the sharks the night before was a completely different affair as the Lions did not fight as hard.

DBL Sharks Sheffield made it five wins in a row with an 83-73 home defeat of fellow contenders London Lions, Sharks move to 5-1 and remain second in the BBL Championship table.

The win maintains an amazing home record that Sharks possess over Lions, with 34 wins and just three defeats in 23 years’ worth of top flight games between these sides.

Lions scorers: Latinovic 17, Isenbarger 15, Robinson 15, Flannigan 7, Guede 5, Lanegger 4, Peel 4, Lockhart 4, Ikhinmwin 2, Hall 0, Roberts, James.

Sharks Scorers; Williams 18, Alexander 16, Marsden 15.

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