Report: London Lions 91 Glasgow Rocks 74
Glasgow Rocks put in another decent shift as they took on London Lions, but came up short again as the league leaders kept up their excellent start to the season.
The form book couldn’t have been more contrasting as Rocks, without a win in six games prior to this game, took on a rampant Lions, with victories in each of their last six league outings.
It was no surprise when the home side got on the board with five unanswered points as Dirk Williams (2) and DeAndre Liggins (3) opened London’s account.
Boban Jacdonmi got Glasgow’s first point with a driving layup, but Chris Tawiah responded to restore the five-point gap.
Straight away, Rocks were up against it and put pressure on their hosts. However Lions began to stretch their legs and a Liggins three point jump shot soon saw them surge into a 21-10 lead.
By the end of the opening session – and with points from Christian Keeling and Ronald Delph – Rocks were only eight points behind.
Vince Macaulay’s side grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in the second and – spearheaded by Williams and Shane Walker who picked 13 points between them – were 41-30 ahead.
From there, Rocks were left in their wake as Lions kept finding the basket to open up a 20-point lead as they led 58-38.
Gareth Murray needed an early response from his team to give them a chance and although Keeling tucked away a jump shot, they fell further behind.
Tawiah converted two free throws and a three-point Marc Kwedi response kept the gap at 17, but further baskets from Kevin Ware, with five points and Williams with two made it a more commanding lead.
The last four minutes of the third seemed to bring out the best in Glasgow as they started to claw back the deficit.
Julius Van Sauers (4), Brandon (7), Mpondo (4) and Jacdonmi (2) all got the bit between their teeth and Glasgow had a lifeline, but still had work to do trailing 69-59 going into the final ten minutes.
Walker’s lay-up seconds into the restart increased the lead again for the home side. Brandon and Van Sauers missed crucial shots not long after and it seemed to give the BBL leaders the belief the job would be done.
Jules Dang-Akodo (4) and Joe Ikhinmwin (3) seemed to confirm that, reopening a 16 point lead with six and a half minutes to go.
Brandon led the brief fightback, putting seven points on the board, but London kept netting to keep their opponents at bay and in the end, were lifting celebrating a 91-74 success to maintain their top spot, leaving Rocks to reflect on the long journey back to Scotland.
Game stats HERE.