Plymouth Raiders were the latest victims to be torn apart by might of the London Lions new-look attack on Friday at the Copper Box Arena, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Raiders came into the game with hopes of inflicting the Lions first loss of the season, but London’s mercurial point guard Rod ‘In Guard We Trust’ Brown, was quick to let them know that wasn’t about to happen on his watch. Brown is unquestionably one of the top point guards in the British top flight and showed the visitors why with an impressive 18 point 6 assist performance that dazzled the home fans. Able to create and make shots at will, Brown took advantage of the Raiders backcourt early and often, hitting a number of momentum building jump shots and piercing drives into the lane finished with either his trademark ‘floater’ or a pin-point assist to his new high-flying teammate Makal Stibbins, who gratefully punctuated the pass with a variety of ferocious slam dunks. Nice.
Brown was joined in the backcourt by the reigning season MVP, Zaire Taylor, playing his first home game of the season for his new team, which spelt double trouble for the overmatched Raiders. Though still settling into his new digs, it was clear to see Taylor is going to be a crowd favourite in the Lions Den this season as he dazzled with dizzying ball handling skills and back breaking long-range bombs seemingly from all sides of London enroute to finishing with a classy 14 point personal haul.
In the front court, Stibbins solidified his reputation as a power player in the BBL with 14 points and 8 rebounds while GB Captain Drew Sullivan chimed in with 15 points and 6 boards as the Lions hung a 28 point drubbing on the Raiders, winning 91-63.
“It was good to get a win at home in Zaire’s first game at the Copper Box, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do in terms of everyone learning each others game and improving our defensive and offensive chemistry. We’re still a work in progress” said Brown. If this is what the Lions look like in early-development mode, the rest of the BBL may have officially been served notice: The Lions are coming…[divider]
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