Surrey Scorchers 101-95 London Lions (22-29, 52-49, 75-76)
7th March 2020; Surrey Sports Park.
Surrey Scorchers ended their recent slump of losses in the most emphatic way possible; toppling league leaders London Lions in a Saturday night thriller.
Things looked promising for the Lions at the beginning, as they took to the floor without MVP, Justin Robinson who was home recuperating. The visitors exploded on a 20-4 run during the opening five minutes of the first quarter, and even lead by as many as 17-points at one point. Jules Dang-Akodo was having his way with the Surrey guards whilst Buay Tuach also did well.
However the Scorchers began to slowly but surely commence a comeback and by the time the two teams headed into the locker room at half-time, the home side had just managed to edge the Lions, 52-49.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning was back in the fold for the Scorchers and the two sides would continue to exchange leads throughout the third and fourth periods. Lions’ Captain, Joe Ikhinmwin, hit a triple and was fouled on another as he brought his side back to lead at the end of three, 75-76.
It wasn’t until the last minute of the final period when things really began to heat up. With the Lions in front by three, Lovell Cook, a former Lions player, suddenly leapt to Surrey’s aid, knocking down a game tying three-pointer from the corner, and then doing it again from inside the arc after Ovie Soko put Lions back ahead.
Having tied the game for a second time, Cook then managed to knock down a free-throw and a two point jump shot to put Scorchers ahead by three and forcing the Lions into a timeout with 20 seconds left on the clock.
The home fans clenched their teeth as Brandon Peel got a good look at a long three point shot but breathed a sigh of relief when it failed to drop, and the Scorchers countered with team captain Tayo Ogedengbe throwing down a two point dunk before Skyler White finished things off with a free throw to give Scorchers their biggest win of the season.
A game that had 55 fouls called and 76 free throws taken was far from tetchy but the referees dragged it out. Scorchers went 24 from 38 at the stripe, with the Lions going, 28 of 38.
Cook was the game high scorer with 26 points, whilst Ovie Soko led the Lions with a double double of 25 points and 12 rebounds, Peel and Buay touch both doing the same with 12 and 12, and 15 and 10 respectively.
Report; Duncan Hooper, Pic; Graham Hodges.
The Lions stay joint top of the League and don’t play until the 1st of April when the Newcastle Eagles are the visitors to the Copper Box Arena.