London Lions lose to Leicester in overtime
PUBLISHED: 07:51 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 07:51 13 February 2017
London Lions 80 Leicester Riders 84 (OT)
London Lions were within a rebound of the win before succumbing to an overtime defeat to the Leicester Riders at the Copper Box Arena last night.
The Lions had led by as many as 12 points in the contest as they looked for a second win over the Riders this season, having already own in the cup.
However, the Riders turned things around as they have done on numerous occasions this season, not least with the Lions in foul trouble just three minutes into the third quarter and outlasted their opponents in the extra period.
London led by nine points at 17-8 in the first period, before the visitors took the lead with a 10-0 run across quarters.
The Lions made their move late in the half with an 11-2 run, before Joe Ikhinmwin started the third with a triple to make it 39-27.
But the Riders began to chip away at the deficit, as Lions lost Zaire Taylor to an ankle injury, and were back within four following Taylor King’s triple with the American going on to finish with 21 points.
A 7-0 run pushed the Riders ahead in the fourth as a tight finish ensued with the lead going back and forth down the stretch.
Riders looked to have won the game when Andy Thompson hit a three to make the score 66-63 with just 40 seconds to go, forcing a Lions timeout.
But a beautiful play upon the resumption saw Alex Owumi, just arrived back from his father’s funeral, finding Joe Ikhinwin for the score and Owumi then stole the resultant inbound pass and scored himself to give the Lions a 67-66 lead as the huge crowd erupted.
Riders had 10 seconds coming out of their timeout to score and a forced shot from King missed, but Thompson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with under two seconds on the clock. He made the first to tie, but missed the second so it went to overtime.
King hit a big three with a minute remaining to put the Riders up by four points before Hassan scored for Lions and a steal from Lockhart saw him zoom towards the basket.
But he was called back for having stepped on the line and the Lions chance was gone as victory was sealed from the free throw line.
Rashad Hassan posted 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions, while Owumi had a huge 12-point, four-rebound, five-assist performance.
Lions now face Sheffield Sharks on Wednesday as they try to cement a top four position, with tip off at 7.30pm and tickets available at ticketmaster.co.uk.
Lions: Hassan 27, K Williams 16, Owumi 12, Ikhinmwin 9, Niktash 8, Taylor 4, Lockhart 4, Wells 0, Moyo.
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