London Lions 82 (17, 36, 49)
Evansville University 84 (24, 40, 64)
A warm Saturday evening tip off at the University of East London, Sportsdock saw the visiting University of Evansville Aces claim victory against a London Lions select 82-84.
24 points from the Ace’s DeAndre Williams led all scorers whilst it was Jordan Whelan who led the Lions with 15. The Lions started with Joe Ikhinmwin, Jonathan James, Jordan Whelan, Kayne Henry and Jordan Williams. Henry opened the scoring with a long three before Labinowicz opened the account for the visitors. With the hosts leading 15-14 after a Jonathan James free throw, Coach Walter McCarty’s charges went on a 10-0 run, Sesan Russell ended the run as the first quarter ended 17-24.
Captain Ikhinmwin opened the second quarter with a score inside and a Russell three pointer closed the deficit to 26-28. 4 points apiece from Jordan’s, Whelan and Williams and Russell hitting three from the line after being fouled in the act of shooting, saw the half time buzzer go with the line showing 36-40.
With an interesting second half anticipated; Evansville went on a tear. Four three pointers opened up a large gap and with the Lions only able to score 13 points in the quarter, the visitors rattled off 24 and led 49-64 going into the final quarter.
Lions responded and went basket for basket through Henry and young Aaron Badibo however the visitors hit 4 three’s in their rally and with the home side seemingly dead and buried, coach Vince Macaulay called for a press a steal from Ikhinmwin led to a James three and suddenly the avalanche opened as Abe Ekperuoh added5 and when Badibo scored an and-1 basket the score was 77-83 but the visitors held on despite Ikhinmwin’s three to win 82-84.
Lions boss, Vince Macaulay was smiling at the end, “We really enjoyed hosting Evansville, it was a good run out for some of the guys who have been showing up at our weekly runs and I think their Coach was happy with the run out.”
Lions Scorers; Whelan 15, Russell 14, Williams 13, Ekperuoh 11, James 9, Henry 9, Badibo 6, Ikhinmwin 5, Thompson 2
Evansville Scorers; DeAndre Williams 24, Henderson 9, Frederking 8