12 Jan 2019: Royals 83-70 Sharks

Matthew Bryan-Amaning leads London City Royals up to fifth place in the BBL Championship.

BBL Championship

London City Royals 83-70 DBL Sharks Sheffield (13-16, 36-35, 53-48)

London City Royals have jumped two places in the BBL Championship table, up to fifth, after beating the second-placed Sheffield Sharks 83-70 in the capital.

Royals used a big fourth quarter run for the second home game in a row, and remain unbeaten at Crystal Palace in league action at 5-0.

Leading scorers – Matthew Bryan-Amaning 22, Ashley Hamilton 18, Will Neighbour 17 (Royals); Chris Alexander 26, Dirk Williams 19, Mike Tuck 10 (Sharks)

Turning point – The teams could hardly be separated for much of the game and Sharks led in the fourth quarter until Matthew Bryan-Amaning sparked a 16-2 run, in which Ashley Hamilton also scored seven points before a Will Neighbour score capped it for a double-digit lead at 77-64 inside the last two minutes, as the visitors were scoreless for four minutes.

Key stat – Royals dominated the interior, scoring 40 points in the paint compared to just 18 for Sheffield, and shooting at 60% on the inside with Neighbour a perfect 4-4 and Jules Dang Akodo 4-5.

Game hero – Matthew Bryan-Amaning led his team at both ends of the floor, finishing with 22 points on 57% shooting to go with seven rebounds and three assists; while adding a huge five blocks and two steals at the defensive end.

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