London Lions 57-60 Gran Canaria
(11-17, 15-15, 14-19, 17-9)
Lions – Dekker 18, Koufos 15, Nelson 7; Canaria – Shurna 13, Brussino 11, Slaughter 10
The London Lions battled again from a 13-point deficit to narrowly miss out on a comeback win in opposition to 7Days EuroCup Group B leaders Gran Canaria, in entrance of an enormous crowd of excited followers on the Copper Field.
John Shurna was a high-man for Gran Canaria this night, scoring 13 factors and connecting on a number of pivotal performs within the win. The Lions they have been led by Sam Dekker, who completed with 18 factors and led the Lions comeback within the fourth quarter.
London now fall to 5-7 in Eurocup competitors and maintain on to the ultimate qualifying spot in Group B. Gran Canaria proceed their qualifying marketing campaign with a run of six wins on the prime of the group.
Gran Canaria opened the scoring with Nicolas Brussino connecting on a 3 pointer. The Lions obtained on the board because of Dekker racing to the ring.
A rating for the guests from Khalifa Diop sparked a 7-0 run for Gran Canaria with solely Dekker responding to finish the quarter.
Shurna continued his powerful shot making to open the second interval. Josh Taylor obtained on the board for the Lions as Dekker willed his workforce again into competition with an enormous defensive block on Diop.
Dekker demonstrated his all-around recreation scoring effectively and calmly throughout the move of the offence, however nonetheless had sufficient vitality to dive for free balls and discover teammates in transition.
Mo Soluade related from downtown to convey the Lions again inside 4 with three minutes remaining within the half. Nevertheless, Shurna hit a late buzzer-beater triple to push the lead again to 6 factors.
Within the third interval Gran Canaria led by 13 factors on just a few events, however the Lions relied on what they’ve performed all season: defence.
Early within the quarter London’s Kosta Koufos grabbed the board and located Tomislav Zubcic who swung it to Luke Nelson for the lay-in. Koufos would end with 15 factors and 11 rebounds.
Gran Canaria saved their foot on the fuel. Brussino related on a 3, plus the foul, and netted one other triple halfway via the interval.
With the sport getting bodily, each groups traded free-throws in direction of the top of the third.
A 7-2 Lions run opened the fourth quarter, which introduced the Lions roaring again to inside six factors.
Vojtech Hruban’s three-pointer for London was answered by Gran Canaria’s Oliver Stevic. However Koufos obtained cooking within the low block, powering his approach via his defender for a hook shot.
Sparked by their massive man, Dekker discovered Aaron Greatest on the break who transformed from the stripe. Nelson additionally shone within the fourth – his three-pointer reduce the result in 5 with 4 minutes remaining.
Dekker drove to the ring for 2, however wasn’t in a position to convert from the three level line, and Gran Canaria held on to take the victory.
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