GAME REPORT: London win in Glasgow but ultimately lose out on BBL title

Glasgow Rocks 68 – 73 London Lions

Match report by Alan Caldwell

A close battle in the last game of the season at the Emirates Arena between the Glasgow Rocks and the London Lions, however, it is the Lions who come away with the win despite a late comeback from the Rocks in the fourth quarter.

It was Isa Brandon who got the Rocks first points of the afternoon as he intercepted Londonโ€™s pass and finished at the rim with a wide open layup. This got the Rocks off to a good start in the first quarter as Fraser Malcolm was fouled on a three point attempt which resulted him in making all three free throws, he then followed that up with another three pointer before stepping inside the three point line to hit the pull up jumper.

This quick 8 points from Malcolm helped the Rocks open up the contest with a 10-2 run on the Lions, however, this was short lived as London went on a 10-2 run of their own to tie the game up, before Isa Brandon hit a pull up jumper and a three point shot to put the Rocks back up early in the contest.

The first quarter ended with both teams tied at 19, despite the Lions taking considerably more field goals in the quarter, they had 24 compared to the Rocks 14, however, the Rocks executed better in the quarter, hitting 2/3 from three point distance.

To start the second quarter off again it was Malcolm who had the hot hand for the Rocks, he finished at the rim with a layup however, it was the Lions who opened the quarter up in better fashion, they out scored the Rocks 9-4 in the first five minutes of the quarter with the Glasgow offence starting to miss shots.

Going into the interval, both teams struggled with their shots which showed on the scoreboard, as the two teams went four minutes in the second quarter without scoring a single basket, before Dirk Williams broke the scoring duck for London, which was then followed up by a hook shot from Van Sauers and free throws from Brandon to help keep the game close.

It was then Fraser Malcolm who hit his second three of the game with seven seconds left in the quarter, but with seconds still left on the clock it was Dirk Williams who hit the buzzer beater three to help put his team up 37-30 at halftime.

Going into the third quarter all was still left to play for in the contest as both teams struggled with their scoring in the first half, it was the Lions who opened up the scoring in the second half of the game before Van Sauers got the Rocks first points of the half at the free throw line.

The first half of the third quarter started similarly to the second quarter as both teams offences where struggling to find any fluidity. However, again it was the Lions who broke this slow scoring start to a quarter as they went on an 11-4 run to give them their largest lead of the afternoon so far, going up 14 in the game.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Rocks tried their best to cut the London lead down to single digits again, as a three pointer from Boban Jacdonmi was followed up by a pull up jump shot from Mpondo and a made layup again from Jacdonmi, adding more points on to the board for Glasgow. Despite this, it was the Lions who outscored the Rocks 21-13 in the third quarter, putting them up 58-43.

To open up the fourth quarter it was Ward-Hibbert who hit a three pointer and a floater on back to back possessions to again get London off to a good start in a quarter, however, a long two point jumper from Kwedi, followed by a three from Isa Brandon got the Rocks on the scoreboard for the fourth quarter.

Despite this, the Rocks knowing this was the last game of their season gave their all in the fourth quarter, an Isa Brandon layup and a Fraser Malcolm three started off a 15-3 run for the Rocks which brought them right back in the contest.

Looking now to win the contest and finish their season on a high, again it was the Rocks who continued to fight till the end, Boban Jacdonmi got himself to the line before Julius Van Sauers weaved his way to the basket for a layup, this cutting the Lion lead down to just three on the game.

However, it wasnโ€™t quite enough for Glasgow, as Alihodzic got inside for the dunk, sealing the London win as they end up victorious in the contest despite Glasgow out scoring them 25-15 in the fourth quarter. Final score, 73-68 as the Lions narrowly win in the Rocks last game of the season.

Three players finished in double digit scoring for the Rocks as Fraser Malcolm and Isa Brandon both finished with a team high 16, which was closely followed by Boban Jacdonmiโ€™s 14 points and 14 rebounds, securing yet another double double.

As another season comes to close a massive thank you to all the Rocks fans for your support throughout the season and we look forward to hopefully seeing you next season.

 

 

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