Royals to take slender lead back to the capital
benecos BBL Play-Offs Semi-Final, First Leg
DBL Sharks Sheffield 61-63 London City Royals (20-28, 30-35, 45-52)
London City Royals will take a lead back to Crystal Palace after beating DBL Sharks Sheffield on the road in the First Leg in a game shown LIVE on the British Basketball League YouTube Channel.
The Royals gained the upper-hand in another close Play-Off encounter with the vital Second Leg taking place on Saturday night.
Leading scorers – Chris Alexander 16, Mackey McKnight 15, Dirk Williams 14 (Sharks) – Ashley Hamilton 13, Matthew Bryan-Amaning 11, Elvisi Dusha 9 (Royals)
Turning point – After a high-scoring start, the Royals led by eight after the opening period but the scoring slowed for both sides in the middle periods. Sheffield went on a 7-0 run to tie the game in the fourth before he visitors responded with a run of their own and were able to hold on for the victory.
Key stat – The Royals scored 19 points off of their opponents’ turnovers with 17 second chance points as they won the battle on the boards.
Game hero(es) – Hamilton posted yet another post-season double-double for the Royals with 13 points and 11 rebounds with Bryan-Amaning the only other in double figures with 11 points along with seven rebounds.