London Lions 107-98 Surrey Scorchers (38-25, 63-40, 78-65)
Copper Box Arena
London January 17 2020
London Lions remain top of the table after scoring a huge 38 points in the first quarter en-route to beating Surrey Scorchers 107-98. Ovie Soko continued his good form to lead the scoring with 27 points, and a sublime 24 points and 6 assists from Two-Time MVP, Justin Robinson.
A fast start from the Lions saw an early 15-7 lead forcing a Scorchers time out. Ovie Soko’s first points came after 6 minutes, doubling the Scorchers at 22-11. The game’s leading scorer, Skylar White was showing resistance, but the quarter ended 38-25.
The second quarter became about the Lions defence as they would take it 25-15 as Robinson hit freely, in particular, driving to the basket, a feat emulated by the ever-improving Jules Dang-Akodo. The half ended with the Lions extending their advantage to 63-40.
The third quarter was disrupted by foul trouble on the Lions enabling the visitors to overturn the previous quarter, taking this one 15-25. White continued with some excellent shooting from behind the arc whilst ex-Lions, Lovell Cook chipped in on his way to 24 points in the game. Andre Lockhart hit some big buckets in this period as new boy, Buay Tuach helped himself to 9 boards
We entered the fourth with the scoreboard showing 78-65. It became a shoot out as White continued with some deep three’s, Scorchers would take 36 free throws in the game and that enabled them to get even closer but Brandon Peel and a rejuvenated Joe Ikhinmwin sealed the game as the Lions moved to 7-1 at the top of the League.
Every Lion got on the scoresheet with 5 in double figures, Peel, Ikhinmwin and Dang-Akodo joining Robinson and Soko.
Report; Duncan Hooper, Pic; Carol Moir
The Lions travel to Sheffield Sharks on Sunday before a short ten day break ahead of the next game.