The London Lions Out Blast the Leicester Riders 77-102 on the Road to Claim 3-0 Regular Season Series Lead. Mo Soluade & the Lions Light Up the Morningside Arena from Long-Range; Entire Team Combines for 14 Triples.
The London Lions travelled 122 miles to Leicester for their first game after the recent round of FIBA World Cup qualifiers and did not disappoint their fans back in London. Coach Ryan Schmidt’s injury-hit squad reaffirmed their defensive identity by suffocating the East Midlands-based hopefuls' long-range assault down to a mere 14% completion rate.
Player of the Game and Team GB star Josh Sharma contributed 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block en route to a game-leading 21-point total in the plus-minus column. The Riders' early attempts to shut down Sam Dekker eventually wavered as the talisman broke loose to knock down four trey-balls on his way to an 18-point, seven-rebound and one-steal performance.
Vojtěch Hruban contributed three triples to the Lions' long-range show and shot 80% from the charity stripe, helping himself to 17 points along with four rebounds, two assists and one block.
Miye Oni hosted a block party in the Morningside arena, snuffing out a game-leading three shots, including a chase-down wipe-out at the beginning of the first quarter. The high-IQ Ivy Leaguer recorded eight points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals in his BBL regular-season debut.
‘3 & D’ specialist Morayo Soluade led the bench mob with 14 points by way of four triples and led the entire team with three steals, three assists and two rebounds.