London Lions 109-90 Surrey Scorchers (23-25, 53-47, 82-65, 109-90)
(Lions: D.Williams – 35, F.Alihodzic – 12, C.Tawiah – 12; Scorchers: T.Hicks – 23, L.James – 16, C.Cashaw – 12)
A breathtaking display from London Lions’ star Dirk Williams proved crucial as they beat local rivals Surrey Scorchers by 19 points after pulling away out of sight in the second half.
The first half seemed promising for the Scorchers, as even though they finished six points behind, Lacey James had already achieved a double-double in points and rebounds and Cam Hildreth managed a remarkable half-court buzzer-beater.
Williams then decided to up the tempo quite a few gears and went on a hot streak as he sunk 21 points after the break to put some distance between the Lions and the visitors.
Chris Tawiah and Fahro Alihodzic, despite playing just under 25 minutes between them, managed 12 points each as joint-second highest scorers on the team, but what was even more impressive is that the duo missed just one shot between them – with the latter going 100% from the field.
Captain Joe Ikhinmwin played a key role too, scoring ten points from off the bench, while Orlando Parker grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while dropping 11 points for the home team.
Tony Hicks’ second-half flurry was impressive for the Scorchers as he began knocking down three pointers for fun to help him reach a team-high of 23 points as James finished the game on 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as well as an impressive tally of four blocks.
Connor Cashaw and Emondre Rickman were the other Scorchers to score ten or more points, with Tayo Ogedengbe just one short of double figures – but at the end the Lions were just too strong in the final periods of the game and the win takes them above Cheshire Phoenix into fourth with games in hand.