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Cugini roars as Lions pound Patriots and Rocks stand firm against spirited Eagles

BBL Cup South Group

Plymouth City Patriots 62-101 London Lions (16-30, 32-50, 48-77)
(Patriots – Ubiaro 14, King 13, Adekunle 10; Lions – Cugini 35, D. Williams 17, Neighbour 15)

BBL Cup North Group

Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks 92-84 Newcastle Eagles (25-28, 56-41, 70-69)
(Rocks – Fraser 23, Johnson 19, Bunyan 17; Eagles – Johnson 36, Person Jr 33, Vinson 9)

One of the biggest challenges the London Lions faced last year was extracting the best from their star-studded roster, so today when they named a somewhat rotated squad of eight players for their adventure to the Pavilions to face the Plymouth City Patriots, it will have piqued much interest.

Any chance of the Lions being caught out in this fixture by a Patriots side significantly buoyed by their returning home support, however, was eliminated fairly early on as Vince Macaulay’s side roared into life instantly in the first quarter, pouncing to a 30-16 lead after 10 minutes.

Lorenzo Cugini’s performance was outstanding for the capital club as he netted an incredible 35 points, thanks in large part to an astonishing 75% success rate from his dozen three-point attempts, and the visitors certainly followed his example as they shot 54% collectively from beyond the arc.

It was a ruthlessly efficient performance from the Lions, as they kept the Patriots’ scoring totals to 16 points or less in every quarter with London outscoring their hosts by 10 points or more in all but the second quarter, as they finished with a 39-point win.

Up in Scotland, if the Newcastle Eagles were up against it on Friday night as they travelled to Sheffield severely shorthanded due to Covid-19 protocols, they were in for an even sterner challenge on this evening as they had to compete with an even smaller roster, as talisman Rahmon Fletcher missed out due to injury, against the rampant Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks.

Despite that, the Eagles still led at the end of the first quarter off the back of some sharp shooting from Wesley Persons Jr – who nailed four of five three-pointers in the first half – before the Rocks turned up the intensity in the second quarter and took 15-point lead into the interval.

In the third quarter the Eagles truly took flight as Corey Johnson erupted to score 14 of his eventual 36 points and spark the visitors to cut the deficit down to one going into the final quarter, where the Rocks stood firm and rediscovered their rhythm to see out an important win against a spirited Newcastle side.