London Lions
Brent Bulls

London Lions Obliterate Brent Bulls 42-98 to Advance to Quarter-Finals of the BBL Trophy. Paulina Hersler Records 25 Points, 3 Rebounds, 2 Assists, and 1 Steal in her First Start Since Returning from Injury. Shequila Joseph Contributes 19 Points, 6 Rebounds, 3 Assists and 1 Block Off the Bench

The London Lions took to neutral grounds and continued their historic domestic win streak with a dominating 42-98 victory over fellow Londoners, the Brent Bulls.

Essex Sport Arena was the setting for the BBL Trophy first-round London derby showdown, where the Lions refused to take their WNBL Division 1 opponent lightly. Brent Bulls, coached by former Lions coach Tope Alli-Balogun, fought valiantly but ultimately could not withstand the might of the East London-based squad.

Paulina Hersler

Paulina Hersler, who returned to the side against Villeneuve d'Ascq, after being away for over two months due to injury, got her first taste of action as a starter and did not disappoint.

The Swedish national star weaved her way through the Brent defence to record 25 points which she complimented with 3 Rebounds, 2 Assists, and 1 Steal. Although she connected on two mid-range shots and a 3-pointer, Hersler did most of her gallant work in the paint, sinking 6 of 7 shots in the restricted area.

Captain for the day, Katsiaryna Snytsina, complimented her 10-point, 2-rebound and 4-assist display with suffocating defence to the tune of 3 steals and 1 block. The FIBA EuroCup legend helped to compound Brent’s misery by connecting on two long-range shots from beyond the arc.

Shequila Joseph

Forward Shequila Joseph contributed 19 points to the bench mob’s game-leading 52 points. Joseph displayed her highly underrated 3-level scoring skills sinking shots in the paint, from mid-range and beyond the 3-point line. The GB national player shot efficiently from the field, hitting 60% of 2-point shots and 40% of her 3-point attempts.

Shanice Beckford-Norton hit two 3-pointers and shot 60% from inside the arc on her way to 14 points. The skilled playmaker also helped to orchestrate the Lions' offence dishing out 5 assists, including a slick 3rd quarter alley-oop dime to Taylor Murray.

2-Way forward Ty Battle helped shutdown Brent’s offence, forcing the Bulls players into bad turnovers en route to grabbing 3 steals. Battle played within her game and took smart shots to the tune of 54% from the floor to record 13 points. Ty also helped the Lions dominate the boards, grabbing 7 rebounds.

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