Lions Dominant In Giant Win

Six London Lions players put up double figures, including a double-double for Justin Robinson (19 points, 13 assists), in an emphatic 115-75 win over the Manchester Giants on Friday night. 


This was a truly team performance, with Demonte Flannigan netting 23 points, Momcilo Latinovic 21 points and Brandon Peel with 11 rebounds, saw the Lions retain their 100% start to the season in style. 


It was a slow start for the home team, but that didn't last long as a 13-0 run helped propel them to a 14-5 lead with just five minutes gone. 


The timeout called by the Giants seemed to strengthen the Lions, who oozed confidence and were punishing the visitors at both ends of the court. 


Latinovic was inspiring from downtown, and the Lions, who you sense are really enjoying their basketball this season, went into the first break ahead 29-15. 


The punishment for Manchester just kept coming as the second quarter got under way. By the time Peel artfully stole the ball and forced an unsportsmanlike foul, the Giants knew they were running out of options and facing a 43-22 deficit. 


The Lions then had a period of uncharacteristically sloppy play, allowing Manchester far more of the ball and some success from behind the arc. But despite this the deficit still looked too big a hill to climb for the Giants, being 50-37 at the halftime break. 


From the beginning of the third it all went the Lions way as Manchester very quickly ran out of steam, allowing London to taunt and play with them, including a beautiful slam dunk from Joe Ikhinmwin that had the Copper Box crowd roaring. 


With the score going into the fourth 88-53 the Lions were just having fun. Robinson beautifully stole the ball and powered up the court for a fantastic alley-oop with Flannigan. 


Flannigan shortly afterwards got the crowd back up with another slam dunk. 


A much bigger test for the Lions waits in Newcastle on Friday 13th, before they turn their attentions to the BBL Cup against Leeds at the Copper Box. Tip off on Sunday 15th October is at 4pm with tickets available at

Date added: 07/10/2017

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