London Lions look to make back to back wins at the Copper Box
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 September 2018
London Lions will look to make it back-to-back wins on their home court when they welcome Worcester Wolves this evening.
Vince Macauley’s side host the Wolves at the Copper Box Arena (7.30pm tip-off) after a mixed start to the new British Basketball League (BBL) season.
They suffered a 95-88 defeat at Plymouth Raiders on Sunday on the back of a terrific 100-66 victory on the opening day of the season against the Glasgow Rocks on Friday evening.
Brandon Peel put up a double-double (23 points, 16 rebounds) as the Lions got their BBL season underway in style against the Rocks.
It was a good night too for Ladarius Tabb, who proved too hot to handle for Glasgow, and marked his debut with highlight reel slams that energised the crowd and helped net 20 points.
The Lions continued the quality they have shown in pre-season, chalking up a big win despite new signing Jordan Spencer having to sit out the second half after hurting his back in a nasty fall in the dying minutes of the first half.
They couldn’t follow up that opening-day win, though, as they lost in Plymouth.
The home side’s 4-0 start was halted as the Lions chased back to tie a scrappy first quarter at 16-16.
And as the half drew to a close, Andre Lockhart and Jerrell Okoro combined to put the visitors up 42-36.
Raiders rallied in the third quarter as captain Zak Wells closed to within a point at 45-44, but Lions’ Ladarius Tabb hit five points to restore the six-point cushion.
Crucial turnovers allowed Raiders to cut the deficit to four at 68-64 on a Josh Wicher lay-up going into the final quarter and with five minutes remaining on the clock, the game was tied at 76-76.
The Lions had only given up five scores from beyond the arc to that point, however Joonas Jarvalainen suddenly exploded for three in a matter of three minutes, turning the run in on it’s head, as suddenly the Lions were down 88-80 with two minutes left.
Peel hit a three out of a time out and Lions pressed and stole the ball, but Justin Robinson missed the triple that would have made it a two-point game.
The Lions had to go into foul mode, but couldn’t rescue the game as the Raiders took it 95-88.