Lions roar loudly in the North West
BBL Trophy, Semi-Final, First Leg
Manchester Giants 74-101 London Lions (12-30, 39-62, 54-72)
London Lions have one foot back in another Final this season after a commanding victory on the road against Manchester Giants.
The Cup winners will take a 27-point lead back to the Copper Box with Manchester facing an uphill battle in Thursday’s Second Leg.
Leading scorers – Vlatko Granic 20, Mike McCall 18, Callum Jones 15 (Giants) – Justin Robinson 28, Ladarius Tabb 19, Jordan Spencer 13 (Lions)
Turning point – The Lions made a strong start and forced Willie Clayton into three quick fouls and despite a fightback from an under-manned Giants team in the third, the visitors pulled clear for a big winning margin.
Key stat – London scored 50 points in the paint as they were able to capitalise inside, whilst holding the Giants to 35% shooting from the floor.
Game hero(es) – Robinson starred with a 28-point haul in the win for the Lions, while Tabb and Brandon Peel both contributed valuable double-doubles.