BBL Cup Champions make it two in a row as they move up the Table with Plymouth road win.
The cool head of Justin Robinson and the free scoring Brandon Peel led the Lions in a professional display as they dispatched the Raiders 80-90 at the Pavilions.
This was the second win over the Raiders after winning at the Copper Box 101-86 on the 25th of October as the Lions attempt to get out of the Cup Group stages in the Southern Group..
Raiders lined up with Isa Brandon, Kostas Jonuska, Jackson Hyland, Tyrell Johnson and Rashad Hassan. Likewise, Lions started with Jorge Romero, Brandon Peel, Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan, Justin Robinson and Joe Ikhinmwin.
Hassan quickly scored for the hosts Further shots by the former Lion increased Raiders lead to 8 points, however a 3-point shot by Robinson out of a time out soon saw the Lions get in to the game.
Johnson and Hassan extended the Raiders lead with less than five minutes remaining in the quarter, before Ikhinmwin and Allen-Jordan both took 3-point shots, putting the visitors within three points.
Lay ups and free-throws by Jonuska ended Raiders first quarter with a four- point lead, 23-19.
The Lions combined various defences to try and slow down Hassan who would end the first half with 14 points. Captain Joe Ikhinmwin had a solid defensive display whilst on his way to 10 points at the other end too. Raiders had the lead by six-points, however this gap did not stay for long.
A 3-point shot by Jules Dang Akodo and a dunk by Samuel Toluwase put the Lions one point behind and a foul sent Jordan Jackson to the free throw line making one to tie the game.
Successful free-throws from both Hassan and Jordan Whelan for Lions tightened the gap to only one point, leaving the score at the end of the half 40-39 to the hosts.
After the break, Lions began to take the lead and a Robinson lay up put them ahead by six-points, the first time they had been in the lead all game.
However, Raiders fought back with a three-point shot by Jonuska and a lay up by Johnson, which gave Lions only a two-point advantage. The Lions though were now in their stride with their familiar running game.
Shots by Brandon Peel and free throws from Toluwase put the Lions ahead by a huge fourteen points however further shots from Raiders slightly closed the deficit, leaving the score at the end of the third quarter 62-71.
Jonuska commenced the final quarter for Raiders with a lay up which was followed up with another from Hassan.
Further shots from Hassan tightened the gap to only two points with just over five minutes remaining, the closest the hosts had been for a while.
This did not last for long though, with shots by Robinson giving Lions a ten-point lead. However, a foul on Hassan gave Raiders extra points and a lay up by Tola Okiki put them only seven-points behind.
At the end of the final quarter, Lions remained in the lead despite a huge three-point shot from Palmer with only thirteen seconds to go. The game ended with Lions victorious 80-90.
Lions Coach, Vince Macaulay was content with the win “I thought we approached this game the right way. We needed to win on the road and coming here is not easy no matter who is dressed for them, it’s a tough venue, always very noisy and a great crowd, I feel we did what we needed to do to put ourselves in a position to move forward..”
The Lions return to home action this Friday the 8th, when they entertain the Worcester Wolvers, due to events at the Copper Box Arena, the game will be played at the University of East London -m Sportsdock and tickets are available HERE for just £7 flat.