BBL: Sheffield 80 London Lions 81

PUBLISHED: 14:55 08 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:55 08 April 2018

Action from London Lions match in Sheffield (pic Graham Hodges)

Action from London Lions match in Sheffield (pic Graham Hodges)


London Lions kept their BBL winning streak alive in the most dramatic way possible, with a one-point, last-gasp victory against the Sheffield Sharks on Saturday night.

Brandon Peel aims for the basket (pic Graham Hodges)Brandon Peel aims for the basket (pic Graham Hodges)

Down by two points with just 32 seconds left the match, their latest victory sees the Lions sit third in the BBL – just two points behind Newcastle and secures participation in the play-offs for another season.

It was Justin Robinson who would once again be the hero for the visitors, with a clutch three-point shot that gave the Lions the lead with just 24 seconds remaining on the clock.

The Lions then immediately went hard on defence, forcing the Sharks into a misjudged shot on the buzzer which never looked like going in.

All five starters for the Lions made it into double figures, with Brandon Peel leading the scoring with yet another double double (18 points, 10 rebounds), while Robinson (16 points, eight assists) and Cory Dixon (16 points, seven rebounds) followed closely behind.

Jon Thompson attacks for London Lions (pic Graham Hodges)Jon Thompson attacks for London Lions (pic Graham Hodges)

The Lions came out of the gates looking strong and confident, with Dixon and Peel scoring four early points each to give them an 8-6 lead.

Jon Thompson got in on the act, making it 13-8 with 5.50 left in the first quarter. But even though the points kept being added on, Sheffield were proving strong on defence, pushing the Lions into poor shots and turnovers that would prove costly.

With 3.20 left in the first quarter, the Sharks grabbed the lead, but Thompson bought it back to a tie for the Lions, before former Lion Zach Gachette scored five quick points to give the hosts a cushion.

No matter what the Lions tried, the Sharks kept coming back, and the five-point cushion would be safe going into the second period (27-22).

Jerelle Okoro attacks for London Lions at Sheffield (pic Graham Hodges)Jerelle Okoro attacks for London Lions at Sheffield (pic Graham Hodges)

Robinson and Peel would start the second quarter determined to get that lead down, and with just over 30 seconds gone, it was tied again.

But the Sharks were looking for revenge after a double-digit loss to Newcastle the previous night. And they simply punished the Lions for bad passes and poor shots.

With 7.16 left in the half, the Lions were down by seven, but they made a great effort to bring that down, yet couldn’t put together strong periods of consistent play.

The lead would become 11 with just over four minutes to go in the half, before Robinson and Dixon got to work with the scoring, thanks to defensive rebounds from Peel.

A rare bad pass from Thompson gave the Sharks the opportunity to make it a nine-point lead on the buzzer (48-39).

It was to be a different story in the second half, with the Lions winning the third quarter (22-15) and the fourth quarter (20-17) on the way to victory.

It looked anything but a clear path to victory as the third quarter opened however, with the Sheffield lead getting up to 13 with 8.18 minutes left and 14 just a minute later.

Dixon and Peel bought it down to 10 points with half the quarter gone, before Paul Guede netted back-to-back shots from downtown to shrink the lead to six with 2.49 left in quarter three.

Less than a minute later, and the lead was only four thanks again to Guede, this time a lay-up matching a similar effort from Robinson.

With 44 seconds left, Robinson brought the Lions within two, before Guede missed an opportunity to make it a tie as the seconds counted down.

Dzaflo Larkai put up four quick points to give the Lions an early two-point lead as the fourth quarter got underway and the lead would swap back and fourth throughout most of the quarter until Thompson stepped up and sunk a shot from behind the arc to give the Lions a four-point lead.

With 80 seconds in the game, Dixon fouled, sending the Sharks to the line to tie the game.

Robinson then did the same thing, and Sheffield made both, putting them two points up with 32 seconds on the clock.

Then it was Robinson’s chance to give the Lions a valuable lead with the winning shot – which he made in style.

It wasn’t a pretty win, but it was an absolutely thrilling game of basketball.

Up next for the Lions is a trip away to Leeds on Friday night, before returning to the Copper Box to take on Worcester Wolves on Sunday April 15 (4pm).

Latest East London Sports News

4 minutes ago

Great Britain’s women suffered defeat away to Germany in a rain-affected match in Moenchengladbach on Wednesday night.

Yesterday, 17:30

The O’s are on the cusp of promotion and head coach Justin Edinburgh hailed people like Alex Lawless and James Alabi

Yesterday, 16:00

Lawn Tennis Association chief executive officer Scott Lloyd hailed the weekend’s Fed Cup tie as a great success both on and off the court.

Almost a perfect day for Hammers youngsters after mascot experience

Yesterday, 13:30

The former Dagenham & Redbridge, Queens Park Rangers and Leyton Orient forward made his 1,000th career appearance on Monday

But Noble so frustrated by another poor decision that cost the Hammers

Tue, 18:28

Essex suffered a second successive Royal London One-Day Cup defeat at the Oval, but injuries to Jason Roy, Ollie Pope and Rikki Clarke took some of the gloss off Surrey’s 65-run victory.

Tue, 14:30

The talismanic midfielder will be doing his best to keep the squad focused after Monday’s battle with Solihull put Orient on the verge of promotion


All Points East will be returning to Victoria Park next month with two weekends of diverse music and a free community festival.

It’s the debate fans across the UK are discussing - so where better to find out more about the iconic burger than behind the scenes in a local McDonald’s restaurant?

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.


28 minutes ago

Protesters have climbed on top of a DLR train at Canary Wharf for the second time in two weeks to protest what they say is inaction over climate change.

View Live

Breaking news

28 minutes ago

Protesters have climbed on top of a DLR train at Canary Wharf for the second time in two weeks to protest what they say is inaction over climate change.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists