Late Lions surge topples Patriots as Glasgow snap losing streak

BBL Championship
Plymouth City Patriots 73-77 London Lions (22-16, 37-35, 58-56)
(Patriots – Hassan 15, Williams 13, Graham-Bell 12; Lions – Williams 17, Cugini 17, Reese 15)

BBL Championship
Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks 78-71 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (21-16, 44-37, 61-55)
(Rocks – Johnson 19, Hillsman 16, Bunyan 14; Sharks – Johnson 22, Wallace 13, Glasgow Jr 9)

A late rally from London Lions saw them overcome Plymouth City Patriots in a thrilling contest on Saturday afternoon, as Glasgow Rocks picked up a huge win in their Playoff push against Sheffield Sharks.

A late Lorenzo Cugini dagger completed a fourth quarter comeback from the Lions, whilst Glasgow cut the gap to Bristol Flyers to only two points in a hard-fought win.

The afternoon’s action tipped off in Plymouth Pavilions as London sought revenge for Friday’s loss at the hands of the Patriots. Friday’s game was settled by one score, and it was another close affair as the Lions picked up a much-needed Championship win.

Plymouth started the game well and held the Lions to only 16 points in the first quarter, as a tense first half ended with a slender Plymouth lead.

In the fourth and final period the Patriots were the side who seized the initiative and held a seven-point lead with just over three minutes remaining. Then up stepped Lions sniper Lorenzo Cugini who drained a three pointer with eight seconds on the clock to secure a huge win in a thrilling encounter.

Cugini ended the ballgame with a game high 17 points along with Dirk Williams, whilst Rashad Hassan led the Patriots with 15 points and eight rebounds.

North of the border in Glasgow the Rocks were looking to snap a seven-game losing streak and came up against a Sharks side sitting third in the Championship. The Rocks started the game the better of the two sides and held a seven-point lead going into the break.

Sheffield struggled to find their footing from the three-point line throughout the ballgame as they posted 28% from deep. Glasgow managed to keep the Sharks at bay throughout the ballgame as they picked up a crucial win in the Playoff run and snapped their losing streak.

Jordan Johnson led the Rocks with 19 points and Boban Jacdonmi posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Sharks.

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