Macaulay positive despite Bayreuth loss

Lions coach still looking forward to Europe Cup games

London Lions’ coach Vince Macaulay remained positive despite Wednesday night’s 97-78 loss at Medi Bayreuth.

The defeat meant that Lions finished second in Europe Cup Group A despite posting a 5-1 record, and it was clearly a difficult experience for the London team:

“It was tough, they brought in rules that meant the team were separated into two groups and we only got together in practice” said Macaulay.
“We expected them to start well and they did, but we evened things up in the second period however they kept shooting at a clip we couldn’t cope with. Fifty-eight is the most we’ve allowed in a half this season and although we tidied things up a bit in the second half and got within five points on aggregate, we couldn’t get the shots to drop.”

Lions now face a tough second stage group, with home and away games against Russians Avtodor Saratov, Danish side Bakken Bears  and Bahcesihir from Turkey, but Macaulay is still looking forward to continuing Lions’ European adventure:

“It wasn’t going to matter to us who were playing, we have lots of upsides about what we’ve done and how we’ve played.  We’ve played Bears in pre-season and watched the other two clubs. But I’m so proud of the team for how they’ve played and excited about how much we can achieve in the future.”

Lions return to action on Saturday with a BBL Championship trip to Surrey Scorchers.