After losing twice to the Sheffield Sharks last season, the London Lions made no mistake in extending their unbeaten streak – picking up their 12th straight victory in all competitions.
Canadian forward Conor Morgan stood out by scoring 19 points on 70% shooting in what was another free-scoring performance from the league leaders.
The game began at a relatively even pace with the hosts getting off to a strong start on their home court. However, a Gabe Olaseni monster dunk ignited the Lions mid-way through the first quarter, with the visitors closing the first quarter 22-14 in their favour.
Olaseni continued to impress in the second quarter as London swiftly moved through the gears. The big man’s no look assist was one of many plays that highlighted the talent of the visitors who built a strong lead of 18 points heading into the break.
Sheffield looked to chip away at what was a well-established Lions lead in the second half and trimmed it down to 11 points. The Sharks found their rhythm by going on a 10-3 run to start the third quarter, putting them in a great position to fight for the game.
The Lions however regathered form and went into the final 10 minutes with momentum and a restored 17-point lead.
Although the Sharks in fact narrowly won the second half, the Lions proved to be too much in the opening two quarters and saw the job out at the Canon Medical Arena. Their hot streak continued as they picked up an important victory against a side that caused them problems last season.
With the games coming quick and fast, the match in Sheffield was London’s third in just five days. Coach Bozić tested the depth of his squad and will be pleased with what he saw from role players who played big minutes in an important game. A debut was even provided to 18-year-old Remy Udeh, who scored his first-ever British Basketball League points.
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