London Lions 93-79 Surrey Scorchers (21-21, 51-37, 74-59)
Copper Box Arena 1 March 2019
London Lions continued their unbeaten run in the BBL Championship after overcoming Surrey Scorchers at the Copper Box Arena.
The Lions’ seventh straight league win takes them to 16-2 at the top, while the Scorchers drop to 4-18 with the Lions having another League match on Sunday against the Manchester Giants.
The Scorchers set off at a hot pace before Justin Robinson and Ladarius Tabb hauled them back. Good work from Jordan Spencer and Flo Larkai saw the first quarter end in a tie at 21 apiece.
The Lions pulled away in the second racking up 30 points to establish a double-digit advantage Robinson’s first half 19 points meaning the Lions led 51-37 at the break.
The Lions kept their visitors at bay in the third despite a good effort from Mo Williams as he led his team in scoring. Lions struggled from behind the arc but shot 55% inside it whilst holding Surrey to just 35%.
The fourth saw a rally from Surrey but good play from Brandon Peel including 4 blocked shots aided by Paul Guede and Andre Lockhart meant the Lions were comfortable, winning the first encounter of the season between these sides, 93-79.
Robinson starred for the Lions with a BBL career-high of 31 points on 61% shooting in the win, while Tabb followed with 23 points along with 13 boards and Peel also contributed a double-double with 14 rebounds to go with 11 points. All nine Lions that played scored, with Jerelle Okoro sat out as a precaution following his ankle sprain two weeks ago in Cheshire.
Lions Scorers – Robinson 31, Tabb 23, Peel 11, Spencer 8, Larkai 6, Guede 5, Bristol 4, Lockhart 3, Ikhinmwin 2, James, Roberts, Ekperuoh.
Scorchers Scorers – Williams 23, Taylor 12, Wellian 12.