BBL Cup South Group:
London Lions 101 – 86 Plymouth Raiders (27-20, 51-46, 81-65)
London Lions finally picked up their first win of the season following their 101-86 victory over the Plymouth Raiders, guided by 2018-19 season MVP Justin Robinson, who racked up 17 points and seven assists.
For the first time this season the Lions fielded the same team back to back and the settled environment shone.
A blistering start stunned the Raiders as the home side led 20-5. Timeout’s from the visitors stemmed the tide but Lions led 27-20 at the end of the first.
Speedy combinations all over from the Lions left the Raiders flat footed. Normal general Josh Wilcher was taking it upon himself to try and drag his team forward but the Lions hounded him throughout the half, he did though nail 16 points in that half and looked likely to impact the game.
Tyler Johnson rebounded and finished well for the visitors but the Lions kept shackles on former Lion, Rashad Hassan who would reach half time with no points and three fouls. Jules Dang-Akodo went tearing up the floor several times and converted two three’s off Andre Lockhart and Jorge Moreno passes. The Lions led 51-46 at the break.
The third quarter was more of the same, good communication defensively from the Lions and fast breaks the other end. Robinson checked out with two minutes remaining of the third as did Brandon Peel leaving Ikhinmwin and Toulwase to close out the quarter 81-65.
The Raiders fought hard to keep it close but lost momentum going in the fourth quarter. A huge slam from Allen-Jordan showed no let up for the Lions. Wilcher tweaked an ankle after only being able to add 2 points to his first half tally and from there the Lions led by as many as 24. Whelan brought up the 100 as the L:ions won 101-86
Robinson and Dang-Akodo both had 17 points, as the Lions had 5 players in double figures and snared 39 points from the bench. Tyrell Johnson scored 22 points whilst Point Guard Josh Wilcher added 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in the loss.
Lions now travel to Surrey on Saturday before returning home on the 1st of November to play the London City Royals.