December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
BBL Championship: Plymouth Raiders 70 London Lions 79
Rod Brown continued his top-scoring form as London Lions beat his former side Plymouth Raiders in Devon to make it a double-winning start to the British Basketball League season.
It makes the capital club one of the championship’s early pace-setters along with Newcastle Eagles and Sheffield Sharks after the Lions got their campaign off to a winning start at their new Copper Box home on Friday night, beating Manchester Giants 80-75.
After shooting 22 points along with Joe Ikhinmwin in that game, guard Brown fired 21 against Raiders while new short-term signing Paul Guede weighed in with 19.
Matt Pressey was Plymouth’s leading marksman with 18 points.
The London Lions stifled their hosts, running them ragged as they led from the fourth minute to the buzzer down in Devon.
New Raiders Coach Jay Marriot had been thrown into the spotlight following the sacking of former coach Gavin Love, but after swapping a couple of his import players did not expect the Lions - short of three American signings still waiting on their work permits - to inflict a comfortable victory on his charges.
Raiders captain, Ben Eaves hit the first two points in the game but that was as good as it got for the rookie coach.
Mike Martin and Ikhinmwin fired a 13-2 response from the Lions that put the young players of Plymouth firmly in their place.
Veteran Julius Joseph slid in his first attempt from behind the arc and the visitors led 14-18 at the end of the first.
The 37-year-old set London off again in the second quarter before a Raiders flurry narrowed the deficit to 24-29.
Ageless captain Martin then slammed home firing off an 8-0 Lions run to calm the tide.
Brown drove to the rim before Guede found Joseph for a three in the corner over the onrushing giant Andreas Schreiber as the Lions went in at half time, 33-44 to the good.
The home side tried to get going at the start of the second half, but Guede carried on where he’d left off, puttting in a reverse lay after a sweet move - then Martin finished strongly.
The home side tried pressing to harry the Lions but Brown and Guede simply strode through to the basket, Raiders’ Gabe Haskins running into foul trouble before Brown iced the game.
London travel to face Durham Wildcats on Saturday before they return to the Copper Box on October 10.