Lions captain Justin Robinson couldn’t hide his disappointment after seeing his team down 78-75 against Leicester Riders in the BBL Play-off final at the O2 on Sunday.

Robinson was forced to watch from the bench due to a season-ending knee injury and was clearly upset with the loss saying

“It was a tough one with two really good teams going at it”
“There was a lot of back and forth, eight or ten point runs and a great game with a big crowd and a fantastic atmosphere. I thought it was a great advert for the BBL, but obviously massively disappointing to lose.
“It wasn’t just the last play, you can pick on any turnover, missed rebounds or bad shot, everything impacts on a tight game. But I’m proud of the team, they didn’t implode or shy away from the bright lights. We struggled to score early in the fourth period when they made their run, and from then on it came down to individual plays.”

The Lions made it to their second final of the season without their captain, and Robinson admitted that it was frustrating not to be able to step on the court adding

“It was difficult not to be able to play, to not be on the court and to not have any control. It’s harder watching than playing because you can’t make any difference. I just wish I could have been out there to help them but I’m proud of them. They came out and gave it all. it could have gone either way. I hope the guys learn from it, and come back stronger.”

Robinson is likely to be out of action until after Christmas, but hopes he can return to London next season

“I would love to stay with Lions, we’ll see what happens. It’s been great to play in London.”

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