League-leading Lions look to make home court advantage count as rivals visit Newham
PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:23 22 November 2018
London Lions face two home fixtures in the British Basketball League this weekend as they welcome Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders.
Coach Vince Macaulay and his side will host the Eagles at the Copper Box Arena on Friday evening before also hosting Riders on Sunday.
They will be eager to continue their strong start to the season as they have still only lost once so far this campaign.
They go into the clashes on the back of a successful weekend where they pulled off two victories against Worcester Wolves – with one being in the cup quarter-final.
The Lions maintained their lead at the top of the BBL Championship with a 71-63 victory on the road against Worcester Wolves.
The Lions are now 8-1 with the bottom-placed Wolves dropping to 1-9, despite 24 points and 18 rebounds from Deshawn Freeman.
Macaulay’s side had moved ahead early in the game despite an unsportsmanlike foul called on Brandon Peel. Andre Lockhart doubled the Lions lead with a late three to end the opening quarter 14-20.
Jerelle Okoro exploded in the second hitting three from behind the arc whilst Freeman showing his energy kept the home side in touch as they narrowed the deficit to five points, 35-40 at half time.
The Lions had a good start to the third quarter as Kervin Bristol delivered a hammer dunk off a Justin Robinson assist.
Foul trouble meant Ladarius Tabb sat a lot of the time so we didn’t see too much from him.
In the fourth Freeman tired for the home side whilst Lockhart and Flo Larkai continued to keep the scores moving before a second unsportsmanlike on Peel saw him ejected.
Coach Macaulay blooded 17-year-old Aaron Badibo at the end and despite a late Wolves flurry the Lions took the win and remained at the top of the Championship table.
Robinson top scored with 17 points and added seven rebounds in the win, while Okoro played a key role with 16 points off the bench.
They then sealed a 99-89 victory over the Wolves to progress into the cup semi-final on Sunday evening.