Cory Dixon leads London Lions as they outlast Worcester Wolves in a double overtime thriller.
BBL Play-offs Quarter-Finals, Second Leg
London Lions 94 – 90 Worcester Wolves (18-14, 42-37, 62-61, 78-79, 86-87)
(After double overtime, 179-174 on aggregate)
London Lions came through double overtime to progress to the BBL Play-off semi-finals, beating Worcester Wolves 94-90 at the CopperBox Arena.
It means that Lions have now won five of the six post-season meetings between these teams, and is only their fourth semi-final qualification, but third in the last four years.
Leading scorers – Dixon 29, Robinson 20, Peel 10 (Lions); Beamon 26, Bachynski 17, Ojo 15 (Wolves)
Turning point – With Lions just one point up from the first leg, this one was tight throughout and they needed a Joe Ikhinmwin triple with four seconds to play to force the extra period. The decisive moments came when Lions scored the first four of the second overtime period, with the key play seeing Brandon Peel steal the ball before Paul Guede assisted a Justin Robinson lay-up, making it 90-87. George Marshall was blocked by Jonathan Thompson shooting a three that would have tied it, and Lions saw the game out at the line.
Key stat – Lions played tough defence and well in transition, scoring 20 points from the 18 turnovers that they forced. Brandon Peel had four steals in the game and, fittingly, it was exactly such a play that proved decisive.
Game hero – Cory Dixon had one of the performances of the season, right when it mattered, by posting a massive double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds.