BBL Trophy: Manchester 74 London Lions 101
PUBLISHED: 17:23 11 February 2019
London Lions have one foot in another final after a commanding road victory at Manchester.
The BBL Cup winners will take a 27-point lead back to the Copper Box Arena for Thursday’s second leg after slaying the Giants on their own court.
The Lions made a strong start and forced Willie Clayton into three quick fouls, with Lamar Roberts giving him his third off an unbounds play.
The visitors followed that up with high-paced basketball as Justin Robinson and Jordan Spencer piled on the points.
Dunks from Kervin Bristol and Spencer put Lions up by 18 at the end of the first quarter.
And the second session saw more great ball movement from Lions, with just Granic for showing any resistance for Manchester.
The lead was up to 23 points at 62-39 at half time, but both teams got bogged down in the third quarter, although Lions took it 15-10 to edge further clear.
Lions then accelerated in the final session and blew their way to a resounding victory, scoring 50 points in the paint on the night as they were able to capitalise on the inside.
The Giants were held to just 35 per cent shooting from the floor, as Robinson starred with a 28-point haul for the winners.
Ladarius Tabb (19) and Brandon Peel (12) both contributed valuable double-doubles.
Thursday’s return starts at 7.30pm.
Lions: Robinson 28, Tabb 19, Spencer 13, Peel 12, Okoro 9, Bristol 7, Lockhart 7, Larkai 4, Roberts 2, Guede 0, James 0, Ikhinmwin.