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Basketball: London Lions strengthen with new deal for Alex Owumi

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 August 2016

Alex Owumi of London Lions (pic: London Lions)

Alex Owumi of London Lions (pic: London Lions)

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Shooting guard agrees to stay after joining last season

London Lions have continued to prepare their squad for the upcoming British Basketball League season by retaining the services of guard Alex Owumi.

Owumi, a 6’4” shooting guard, came to the BBL to play three seasons with the Worcester Wolves, leading them to their first ever titles with the BBL Trophy and Playoff Championship in 2014.

The Alcorn State graduate joined the Lions in December last year to bolster their campaign and is in the capital city again this season, right from the off.

Owumi averaged just over 14 points per game whilst shooting 39 per cent from behind the three point line and adding four rebounds and nearly three assists per outing.

The 32-year-old has experience of playing in France and Macedonia, but it was his survival in Libya that saw his book Gadaffi’s Point Guard top the Amazon charts with his harrowing tale of survival during the revolution.

“I am excited to start this new season with the Lions,” said Owumi. “I think we have a good group of guys and a great organisation that will lead us in the right direction to win some silverware this season.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the BBL and ready to continue to showcase my talents for the Lions fans”.

Lions Head Coach Nigel Lloyd commented: “We are very happy to retain Alex, he was sought after by a couple of teams and I’m glad we got him back.

“He brings a lot of experience to us, he has previously played with Zaire Taylor and I know he is keen to help us achieve our potential here in London.”

Owumi joins a growing roster that also features Kai Williams, Joe Ikhinmwin, Rashad Hassan, Jamal Williams and Zaire Taylor with more signings to be announced soon.

Tickets to Lions home games have gone on sale on Ticketmaster, visit www.londonlionsbasketball.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk for more information.


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