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London Lions let Worcester Wolves bite back

PUBLISHED: 10:31 19 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:31 19 February 2017

Action from London Lions' latest BBL match at Worcester (pic Graham Hodges)

Action from London Lions' latest BBL match at Worcester (pic Graham Hodges)

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Worcester Wolves 99 London Lions 91

London Lions Rashad Hassan in action at Worcester (pic Graham Hodges)London Lions Rashad Hassan in action at Worcester (pic Graham Hodges)

London Lions let a 10-point lead slip on their way to BBL defeat at Worcester Wolves.

The home side strengthened their play-off position as a result and closed the gap with the top four after a fifth win in six outings.

Wolves shot 61 per cent from three-point range on the night, led by 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from Jermel Kennedy, as he hit all three of his long-range attempts, while Marek Klassen led them with five triples on his way to 18 points.

But it was the Lions who did the early damage as former Wolves players Alex Owumi and Kai Williams hit early treys, the latter going three from three in the first quarter to put the visitors up 17-10.

Andre Lockhart on the attack for London Lions at Worcester (pic Graham Hodges)Andre Lockhart on the attack for London Lions at Worcester (pic Graham Hodges)

Kennedy changed all that in the second stanza, scoring seven in a run of 13 unanswered points as Worcester snatched the lead at 44-39, only to lose it again when Owumi scored four more in an 8-0 finish to the half time break as the Lions fought back.

Lions then added the first five points of the third period to go 54-48 in front as Andre Lockhart opened with a triple.

But Kennedy and Danny Huffor – who went through 2,000 career points on the night – responded in kind to put the hosts 62-60 in front and they carried that margin into the decisive fourth quarter.

Debutant Trey Zeigler sparked Worcester’s match-winning run as he scored five early points, including an ‘and-one’ play, in what became a 13-4 start when Ashton Khan and Trevor Setty added consecutive three-pointers for an 82-71 lead.

That proved insurmountable late on, as the Wolves broke an all-time tie of 16 wins each in league meetings between the sides, maintaining a strong home record over the Lions to 12-4.

The Lions go back on the road next weekend as they visit Bristol on Saturday, February 25 before returning to the Copper Box Arena to face Leeds Force on March 5.

Lions scorers; Williams 28, Hassan 19, Niktash 15, Owumi 14, Lockhart 5, Wells 4, Taylor 4, Ikhinmwin 2, Moyo 0.


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