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London Lions maul Plymouth Raiders

PUBLISHED: 09:45 10 October 2016

Alex Owumi attacks for London Lions against Plymouth (pic Graham Hodges)

Alex Owumi attacks for London Lions against Plymouth (pic Graham Hodges)

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London Lions 105 Plymouth Raiders 79

Rashad Hassan attacks for London Lions against Plymouth (pic Graham Hodges)Rashad Hassan attacks for London Lions against Plymouth (pic Graham Hodges)

Thirty-two points from man of the match Alex Owumi and 28 from Rashad Hassan saw the London Lions ease past Plymouth Raiders at the Copper Box Arena to set up a meeting with Leicester in the next round of the BBL Cup.

Another explosive start from the Lions saw Nigel Lloyd’s men dominate the first half, largely thanks to converting 70 per cent of their attempts from outside the arc.

A half-time score of 61-40 left the Raiders as the second team in as many weeks to have their game at the Copper Box looking all but over before the break.

Despite this, the Raiders came out for the third quarter looking stronger in defence, with the Lions not managing a basket for over two minutes.

Will Ashby attacks for London Lions against Plymouth (pic Graham Hodges)Will Ashby attacks for London Lions against Plymouth (pic Graham Hodges)

But the fightback was shortlived and by the end of the quarter the Lions had a 19-point lead.

With less than five minutes to go in the game, the demolition was complete and the Lions were over the 100-point mark.

It was a successful night for newly returned Lion Zaire Taylor too, as he notched up a double-double, with 16 points and 12 assists.

Kevin Moyo showed power and pace, frustrating the Plymouth defence and setting up some fantastic attacks, including lining up captain Joe Ikhinmwin to get the crowd on their feet in the dying seconds.

Moyo being bought on as Plymouth were tiring was particularly effective, and a tactic the Lions will want to deploy as the season progresses.

Lions head to Newcastle for their next test on Friday night, before Leeds visit east London on October 26.

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