Len Busch, coach of the Sevenoaks Suns had praise for the Lions after the London side won the WBBL Play-offs with a 70-45 victory at the O2, on Sunday.
The victory in front of a record crowd of 10,926 for a women’s club game in the UK meant that Lions completed the first ever clean sweep in WBBL history as they lifted all four pieces of silverware with a perfect 34-0 season.
Speaking on the occasion, Sevenoaks coach Len Busch said
“London is an extremely good deep team, our goal was to get to this game and put our best foot forward”. “For the second game running we played a solid first three quarters, but their pressure is relentless. Maybe if we had a couple more shots at them we could get a win. We worked rally hard to get here beat some good teams, there wasn’t really much more we could do.”
Suns’ captain Cat Carr congratulated Mark Clark’s side after their historic season saying
“Congratulations to London, they’ve had an amazing year”
“It was hard for us to put together 40 minutes, we knew what we had to do to be successful. We finished with 19 turnovers which is one of the reasons we struggled. They have a very deep team, they bring people off the bench who will score and we constantly had to change def assignments which is lot at times. But I’m proud of how far we made it”
Busch admitted that the rest of the WBBL has some catching up to do with a Lions’ team whose domestic winning run goes back to the tail end of the 2020/21 regular season and now stretched to 38 games:
“I think it’s a bit of a quantum leap taken by London and whether the rest of us can match them competitively remains to be seen”. “We have to go out there and find some money to challenge them. We’re going to try to keep up with them, they’re certainly a very good team who will play in Europe next year. They’re a very British team and that’s good, so there’s no crying over the big London budget yet, but if their domination continues over four or five years that might become an issue for the league"