Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 80-99 London Lions (20-19, 39-49, 54-73)
London Lions clinched the BBL Championship title for the first time after beating Esh Group Eagles Newcastle on the road.
Coach Vince Macaulay’s side move to 26-6 to wrap up the league triumph with a game to spare, while the Eagles close out their regular season at 21-12.
The game started off tight as both teams probed before the home side edged ahead. Good scoring from Justin Robinson spurred the Lions on and an Eddie Matthew’s three at the buzzer put the Eagles ahead after 10 minutes, 20-19.
In the second quarter the Lions began to take control, young Jonathan James came off the bench with a spark to hit a pair of three pointers, on a Jordan Spencer steal he then finished the lay up. Eagles called a timeout to regroup but a strong finish to the half put Lions up 10 going to the half time break.
The Lions doubled their advantage midway through the third, Paul Guede hit from deep and with Kervin Bristol dominant on the glass at both ends, they powered towards the title in clinical fashion.
In the fourth execution was good for the visitors, Robinson led his side with seven three’s as every Lion got on the court as the ended the game to kick start the celebrations.
Key stat – The Lions controlled the boards and they knocked down 15 threes in the contest.
Game hero(es) – The reigning league MVP, Robinson produced a scintillating display with a 35-point haul in the title-clinching victory with seven triples, while Bristol posted 15 points and 14 rebounds. Young guard, James made the most of his opportunity with an 11-point cameo off the bench with key threes in the second period.
Lions scorers – – Robinson 35,Bristol 15, Spencer 13, James 11, Lockhart 8, Guede 6, Peel 5, Okoro 4, Ikhinmwin 2
Eagles Scorers – Fletcher 22, Williams 16, Flournoy 12