Match Report: Plymouth Raiders 101 London Lions 107Date: 06/02/2017 | Author: Jake Findley
Plymouth Raiders 101 (27,48,81) (Corletto 28, Dixon 21, Nicholas 19)
London Lions 107 (21,51,85) (Taylor 31, Hassan 24, Owumi 18
Plymouth Raiders went into today’s BBL Championship match against London Lions in high spirits, Anton Grady was awarded the Molten BBL Player of the Month award and it was also Raiders guard, Peter Hooley’s birthday.
The game started off extremely bright for the home side, Daryl Corletto put on a good show behind the arc making two of his three-point attempts in quick succession, while Rhys Carter made some impressive shots to give him seven points in the first. Rashad Hassan made his presence noticed by collecting eleven points of his own, tallying up over half of the Lions 21 points.
In the second quarter, London went into the half having the upper hand, being up 48:51. It was Alex Owumi who stepped up by putting away ten points, nine of which came from behind the three-point line. Donte Nicholas had a solid outing; he scored five points and took some fouls along the way which allowed him to attempt five free throws. Although London went into the second half up by three points, the game couldn’t be called it was that close.
The third quarter picked up where the second ended, both sides playing free flowing basketball and putting the points away in quick successions. Corey Dixon and Daryl Corletto put on some eye catching performances, Dixon making some hard layups whilst getting the shooting foul and Corletto making two three’s in a row which tied the game at 58:58. Joseph Ikhinmwin put away an important three to help London be ahead by five points with 45 seconds left on the clock, only for Nicholas to make a free throw to end the quarter.
It took over a minute for either of the sides to get on the score sheet in the fourth quarter, with Zaire Taylor making the first basket. Johnny White proved to be going out for the win by bringing on Dixon, Carter, and Corletto to join Grady and Nicholas on the floor. Although it took Raiders over three minutes to get their first points in the fourth, Corey Dixon made his two free throw attempts. Daryl Corletto continued to show his ability behind the arc by putting up four three-pointers. It wasn’t quite enough though as Taylor got red hot when scoring 22 points out of his 31 all in the fourth proving to be the difference maker.
A disappointing loss for the home side who gave it all they had until the very last whistle, but with this win for London Lions, both sides sit in the BBL Championship table with 22 points apiece. Plymouth Raiders next game comes at home against Worcester Wolves in the first leg of the BBL Trophy semi-finals.