Vojtech Hruban's 18 points weren't enough as London Lions slipped to an 87-69 EuroCup loss at Gran Canaria on Wednesday evening.
Ryan Schmidt's team matched the hosts in the early stages, with Koufos Kofos' basket giving them a 13-12 lead with three first period minutes remaining, but Canaria steadily built their lead in the third period to go into the final break leading by 20.
Hruban added seven rebounds in 24 minutes while Tomislav Zubcic chipped in with16 points. Koufos finished with 11 points and seven board while Ovie Soko had nine points and as many rebounds. Aleksander Balcerowski led a balanced Gran Canaria offence with 16 points, missing a double-double by a single rebound.
The home side scored the first five points of the game before Zubcic got Lions off the mark with just over three minutes on the clock.
London trailed 12-6 midway through the first period but whatever Schmidt said during the TV timeout clearly worked a pair of Soko free-throws sparked a 7-0 run as Hruban drained a trey before Koufos gave them what proved to be their only lead of the game with 3:03 on the clock.
But an Andrew Albicy triple broke Lions' run and started one for the hosts as they closed out the period on an 8-2 run before Albicy scored another trey to make it a nine-point game early in the second period.
Hruban's and-one got Lions moving again before Nelson drilled a three and kept his side within three following a shot inside the arc. Soko made it a one-point game with 6:16 on the clock. But was as close as they came as they scored only two points in the next four and a half minutes, and despite a a Vojtech triple Lions went into the locker room trailing 42-32.
The hosts opened the second half with a pair of triples and despite Aaron Best breaking the run, a 13-3 run gave Gran Canaria a 55-35 lead with four minutes gone.
Zubcic replied with a trey and he again got the deficit down to 17 with 2:15 remaining in the third period before the visitors went into the final break trailing 62-42, and although Hruban and Zubcic hit fourth period triples the home side comfortably closed out the win.