BBL Cup, Group 3
London Lions 88-73 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks
(29-18, 55-36, 72-63)
Copper Box Arena, 13 Nov 2020
London Lions bounced back from two defeats in their group by gaining revenge over B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, winning 88-73 at the Copper Box Arena.
Former NBA star DeAndre Liggins was unstoppable, scoring 32 points on 7-11 shooting from beyond the three-point line as Lions dominated over the first quarter break.
Having started aggressively, they hit a 16-2 surge as Kevin Ware came off the bench to light the touch paper scoring six in a row to establish a 20 point lead that was only once trimmed to single figures.
In the second quarter, Andre Lockhart hit a stunning nine points in a row as the lead ballooned with BBL MVP, Justin Robinson pulling the strings. It was fitting that Liggins hit a triple on the half time buzzer of a sweet Robinson assist as the home side took a 55-36 lead in.
Coach Atiba Lyons got his charges to respond as Lillard and McKnight tried to fight back. The home side could only register 17 points on the board to the visitors 27, capped by a Mike Tuck triple as the lead came down to 72-63.
In the fourth, the Lions stepped up the defence holding the Sharks to 10 points. Ware carried on where he’d left off and Ed Lucas hit a tough drive as the lead moved again. With five guys in double figures, the Lions closed out the game to win by 15 points and taking the head to head with the Sharks in the Group should there be a tie.
Liggins added 7 rebounds to his tally, whilst Robinson’s 7 assists came with no turnovers.
The Lions now travel to the Leicester Riders on Sunday the 14th for the next game in the round.
Report; Duncan Hooper, Pic; Carol Moir