Lions roar to close in on more silverware
London Lions 101-81 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle (31-16, 54-32, 75-57)
London Lions took a major step closer to the BBL Championship title with a convincing win over second-placed Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
Vince Macaulay’s side put Friday’s loss on the road behind them to move to 22-5 with the Eagles falling to their ninth defeat of the league campaign.
Leading scorers – Ladarius Tabb 32, Brandon Peel 20, Justin Robinson 18 (Lions) – Kyle Williams 13, Rahmon Fletcher 12, Darius Defoe 11 (Eagles)
Turning point – The Eagles trailed 11-1 early on and then lost Moses to injury after a quick five points. London put up 31 points in the opening quarter and led by 22 at the half to set the platform for the win, bringing up their century with the final score of the game through Abraham Ekperuoh.
Key stat – The Lions dominated on the glass, led by Tabb, as they out-rebounded Newcastle 53-35 with 20 of those on the offensive end to help provide 20 second chance points.
Game hero(es) – Tabb set the tone with a thunderous dunk on the opening possession and had 20/10 at the half before going on to finish with 32 points and 14 boards in the win. Peel and Robinson combined for an additional 38 points.