London Lions topple Giants

PUBLISHED: 09:44 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 October 2016

London Lions Rashad Hassan attacks at Manchester (pic Graham Hodges)

London Lions Rashad Hassan attacks at Manchester (pic Graham Hodges)


Manchester Giants 60 London Lions 83

Action from the BBL clash between Manchester and London (pic Graham Hodges)Action from the BBL clash between Manchester and London (pic Graham Hodges)

A double-double for Rashad Hassan saw the London Lions defeat the Manchester Giants and maintain their 100 per cent record in the BBL.

The Manchester club have struggled in the league this season, failing to chalk up a single win.

But the Lions, fresh off a win in Newcastle last week, struggled to play smooth basketball with a scrappy first half a story of missed chances and sloppy turnovers.

Even the second quarter insertion of Kevin Moyo didn’t have it’s usual impact.

London Lions Alex Owumi scores a lay-up (pic Graham Hodges)London Lions Alex Owumi scores a lay-up (pic Graham Hodges)

The Giants were too often sloppier on the ball, with the initial strength of the three point shot slipping away as the half ended. Under the basket their play seemed sporadic and confused, and the Lions built up a 10-point lead half way through the second quarter.

It was here the referees took over as a succession of free throws for the Giants bought the game within three, before two free throws from Alex Owumi gave the Lions breathing space.

Two two-point shots from Zaire Taylor and a jump shot from Kai Williams made it 40-33 at half-time.

Fears the Lions would keep up this season’s shaky starts to third quarters proved wide of the mark, as Hassan and Owumi pushed the lead into double digits.

From then, victory for London looked inevitable, and by the start of the fourth quarter, the Lions lead was 22.

The fourth quarter started badly for the Giants as centre Donatas Visockis allowed the ball to be taken from his hands without any resistance.

And 10 unanswered points from the hosts just wasn’t enough and the Lions regained their composure and took game by a comfortable margin ahead of their return to the Copper Box to host Leeds on Wednesday (7.30pm).

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