The London Lions get past the Patriots, seeking revenge on a team that gave them their first league defeat of the season back in November.
Guard Matt Morgan put up 27 points as he continued his excellent debut season in the British Basketball League.
Back on Bonfire Night, the Plymouth City Patriots pulled off a famous upset as they blew out the reigning champions on home court. Head coach Paul James had his landmark 500th Championship win in what was an evening to forget for the Lions in the South West of England.
Fast forwarding just over a month, London looked to seek revenge over the Patriots as they welcomed them to the Copper Box Arena.
The Lions were short handed back in November, but this time had a stronger outfit take to the court as they prepared to take care of business in front of their home support.
With 10 minutes played, Plymouth showed signs of having London’s number yet again as they took a one-point lead into the second quarter.
The Lions, however, have been notoriously known for being slow burners this season. So perhaps as expected, In the build-up to half-time Petar Božić’s side saw a successful string of possessions give them an eight-point lead heading into the break.
The home side shot just 27.3% from three-point land in the game, making six of their 22 efforts. Star player Matt Morgan, however, made four of those shots alone as the American contributed towards London’s 22 points in the third quarter.
Mason Faulkner and the Patriots however put up 24 points of their own, meaning the deficit heading into the final period stood at just six points.
From here, the hosts did a great job to seal the deal at the Copper Box, confirming a valuable victory on a night where their shooting was far from its best.
The Lions will look ahead to their next game on Sunday afternoon, where they will aim to defend home court again against the Leicester Riders.
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