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London Lions get off to a flyer

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 October 2016

London Lions Rashad Hassan holds off a Bristol rival (pic: Graham Hodges)

London Lions Rashad Hassan holds off a Bristol rival (pic: Graham Hodges)

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London Lions 86 Bristol Flyers 66

Rashad Hassan put away 24 points for the London Lions as they eased past Bristol at the Copper Box to maintain their 100 per cent start to the new BBL season.

Nigel Lloyd’s men were determined not to repeat the sluggish start they had made against Surrey Scorchers, exploding out of the traps with nine unanswered points.

A Bristol fightback soon fizzled out, with Lions going on to build a 57-38 lead by half time.

From then on, the Lions looked comfortable, with captain Joe Ikhinmwin slamming down a fantastic dunk in the third quarter.

Defensively, the Lions seemed a far more polished unit, making the most of seven foot tall Derek Hall, who finished with nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks.

And it proved a quiet homecoming for former Lion Lovell Cook, who was held to just eight points as his lacklustre performance mirrored a Flyers side that didn’t really turn up.

Lions return to action against the Plymouth Raiders on Sunday October 9, with tip-off at 4pm.

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