Search

London Lions roar to second British Basketball All-Stars Championship success

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 October 2019

London Lions celebrate winning the British Basketball All-Stars Championship (Pic: Graham Hodges)

London Lions celebrate winning the British Basketball All-Stars Championship (Pic: Graham Hodges)

Archant

London Lions won their second British Basketball All-Stars Championship in three years, beating Braun Sheffield Sharks 39-33 in the final at the Copper Box Arena.

Brandon Peel with the golden ball at the British Basketball All-Stars Championship (Pic: Graham Hodges)Brandon Peel with the golden ball at the British Basketball All-Stars Championship (Pic: Graham Hodges)

Lions had lifted the inaugural All-Stars title in 2017 and reclaimed the trophy at their home venue in east London.

They beat the Sheffield Sharks and London City Royals in the group stages to set up a semi-final clash with Newcastle Eagles, who they overcame 41-36 in one of the highlight matches of the afternoon.

After losing to Lions in their opening match, Sharks bounced back with wins over Surrey Scorchers and Royals to make the last four, where they beat Leicester Riders 37-25.

At the halfway staged of the £25,000 showpiece final, Lions led 10-17 and pulled further ahead after coach Vince Macaulay hit the Golden Buzzer to activate the two-minute iPro Hydrate Power Play.

Brandon Peel with the golden ball at the British Basketball All-Stars Championship (Pic: Graham Hodges)Brandon Peel with the golden ball at the British Basketball All-Stars Championship (Pic: Graham Hodges)

Sharks bit back in their own double-point period, with Mackey McKnight one of their standout performers of the day. But the Sheffield outfit were unable to close the gap far enough, and Lions clinched a six-point victory

You may also want to watch:

"It feels great," said Brandon Peel, who received the gold Molten MVP ball. "We've had a slow start to the season and this is a real big confidence booster.

"Today (Saturday) shows that the Lions are all about winning.

"No matter how many times we fall down, no matter how many times we take a loss, we are always looking to fight back. We are Lions, we never back down."

Defending champions Surrey Scorchers had earlier gone two and out in the double elimination group stage.

They lost the day's opening match 31-37 to Royals before Sharks ensured an early coach home for the 2018 All-Stars winners.

Promoted by Matchroom Multi Sport, the British Basketball All-Stars Championship features 12-minute matches, an All-Star 5-point line and the iPro Hydrate Golden Buzzer Power Play on a non-stop afternoon of fast-paced basketball action which is now in its third year.

The Lions will now look to build on that success when they face an away trip to Bristol Flyers this weekend in the British Basketball League as they look to get their season back on track.

Latest East London Sports News

Yesterday, 10:00

NIHL South Two: Lee Valley Lions 2 Peterborough Phantoms 7

Mon, 15:00

Lee Angol says the Leyton Orient players have the mental strength to cope with the managerial departure of Carl Fletcher and bounce back from a poor run of form.

Mon, 12:00

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton admits that recently sacked manager Carl Fletcher found it tough to embrace the culture at the club.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton discusses his future after the sacking of Carl Fletcher and the 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Matt Withers is joined by Dan Bennett and Dave Evans to discuss a busy week in east London football.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Ross Embleton will again take charge of Leyton Orient on Saturday against Scunthorpe United following the sacking of Carl Fletcher.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rockwell, a London-focused mixed-use property developer, has confirmed its commitment to Westferry FC with a three-year sponsorship deal amounting to £6,000, to guarantee the future of Tower Hamlets' community football team.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists