Lions advance to subsequent spherical of BBL Trophy with convincing win over Thunder


London Lions placed on a dominant show towards NBL Division 1 facet Worthing Thunder in BBL Trophy motion tonight on the Copper Field, profitable 89-53.

Contemporary off final night time’s robust loss to Hapoel Tel-Aviv within the EuroCup, wherein they led for a lot of the night time, the Lions had been desirous to get a W and took the sport straight to Worthing within the opening quarter.

The Lions selected to relaxation their all-star frontcourt of Sam Dekker, Kosta Koufos and Tomislav Zubcic, who all performed main minutes final night time.

They had been led by Aaron Finest with 24 factors, with Josh Ward-Hibbert including 12 factors and 13 rebounds, together with seven offensive boards, while Bradley Kaboza added 17 off the bench. 

Luke Nelson opened the scoring with a three-pointer and picked up from final night time’s spotlight play with a behind the again move to Aaron Finest for the rating.

Morayo Soluade additionally acquired on the scoreboard with a three-pointer because the Lions put their size and defensive scheme into motion – forcing the Thunder into robust, contested photographs.

If the Achilles heel for the Lions has been consistency over 4 quarters, they actually proved efficient in that division tonight – scoring at the least 20 factors within the last three quarters. The Thunder confirmed a lot promise although; Ronald Blain and Andre Arissol including 17 and 11 factors respectively.

Arissol snapped the Lions run and put Worthing on the board with 4 fast factors, earlier than Luke Nelson’s driving layup compelled coach Zaire Taylor to name a timeout.

Within the second quarter, the Londoners had been on the offensive once more.

This time they had been led by younger British guard Zamoku Weluche, who knocked down a three-pointer and completed a monster dunk over Blain. 

Unfazed by the play nevertheless, Blain calmly went to work from past the arc – connecting on a pair of triples.

Finest related on his second three-pointer earlier than a layup by Ward-Hibbert pushed the result in 21 factors.

Ward-Hibbert scored eight of his factors within the interval, proving himself as a tricky match up inside and outside.

Arrisol and Finest traded three-pointers however the house workforce’s ball-movement and offensive rebounds had been proving too damaging.

With the lead steadily climbing to 27; Jonathan Komagum punched in a quick break dunk and Bradley Kaboza hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining within the half.

Again-to-back three pointers for Orlan Jackman couldn’t reignite the Thunder’s spark.

The younger Lions facet was led by Komagum in scoring and celebrated a high-flying block by Weluche.

A pair of threes by Kaboza and a dunk by Komagum capped off one other spectacular quarter.

London reached their greatest lead of the sport (34 factors) off a Komagum triple – earlier than Kaboza ended proceedings with a pair of free throws.

With the BBL trophy now firmly underway, head over to the BBL website for all upcoming fixtures.



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