London Lions 89 – 71 Cal Poly
LONDON – Copper Box Arena 6 September
The London Lions returned to the Copper Box on Friday as they began pre-season action hosting Cal Poly from NCAA Division 1. It was Brandon Peel who led the way with 23 points and 6 rebounds as the Lions took the decision 89-71.
New Lion, Diijon Allen-Jordan contributed 20 points 6 boards and 5 assists having just arrived whilst League MVP Justin Robinson fired in 19 points in just 20 minutes of action.
For the visitors Nolan Taylor notched 19 and 12 , Malek Harwell had 13 whilst sharp shooting freshman, Colby Rogers chipped in with 9 points.
The Lions opened a 9-2 lead to start, eventually stretching the advantage to nine points three different times during the opening quarter ending the period up 21-15.
The Lions opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run to stretch the gap to 28-15 with just under seven minutes remaining. The Mustangs stemmed London’s surge with an 8-2 run backboned by three Taylor baskets before Robinson and Jorge Romero combined to start a 16-7 run to lead, 46-30 at the half.
An even third quarter ensued as the teams exchanged scores, but London took a 69-53 lead into the fourth quarter.
A blitz to start the fourth from the Lions extended their lead, Long distance scores from Romero and two from Peel opened things up and the Lions would cruise, giving everyone game time. The game ended 89-71 and with two players yet to arrive the Lions locker room seemed please to have got things under way. Peel hit 71% from the floor whilst Robinson nailed all three of his three-point attempts.
Lions Scorers; Peel 23, Allen-Jordan 20, Robinson 19, Romero 12, Whelan 7, Lockhart 4, Ikhinmwin 2, Jackson 2, Harrison 0, Johnson 0
Cal Poly; Taylor 19, Harwell 13, Rogers 9.