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British Basketball League: Cheshire Phoenix @ London Lions LIVE

Published: 21 Apr 2017

Live at the Copper Box arena as the London Lions host the Cheshire Phoenix with playoff implications in the British Basketball League at stake.

The London Lions ran out 101-89 winners over the Cheshire Phoenix in the penultimate game of the season, before the playoffs. See it below as it happened.

FULL TIME Lions 101-89 Phoenix

The hosts avenge their recent defeat to Cheshire with a resounding win.

Q4: 01:46 Lions 100-84 Phoenix

With the game all but decided, the visitors utlise their bench as the starters make way.

Q4: 03:14 Lions 98-80 Phoenix

The home side winning the battle on the boards at both ends and racking up a commanding late 18 point lead... I can smell garbage time.

Q4: 05:50 Lions 90-78 Phoenix

This is one is not over yet... Or is it? Williams with a killer three from down town for the hosts!

Q4: 07:02 Lions 87-74 Phoenix

With pride at stake, the visitors have rallied as they hope to reduce the deficit to single digits. Do we have a grandstand finish on our hands?

Q4: 08:35 Lions 87-Phoenix-69

Niktash with the splash! An early three for the hosts as they look to put this game to bed.

Q3: 00:00 Lions 84-69 Phoenix

Q3: 00:50 Lions 82-69 Phoenix

Owumi nails the dagger three, that's 15 now for the guard who has caught fire in the third quarter.

Q3: 04:00 Lions 76-60 Phoenix

Just as things were starting to get interesting, Owumi nails one from beyond the arc, and the lead is back to 16.

Q3: 05:49 Lions 72-56 Phoenix

No-look pass from DiNunno and the Phoenix are starting to build some momentum. They still trail by 16.

Q3: 08:07 Lions 66-46 Phoenix

ALLEY-OOP. Beautiful feed from Taylor to find Williams on the backdoor cut.

Q3: 09:34 Lions 62-42 Phoenix

More of the same as the second half gets underway, this time,  Nikash finds himself deep in the paint and converts an easy lay-up. That's 20 for the big man.

HALF-TIME Lions 60-42 Phoenix

Lions lead 60-42 at Half-time, thanks in large part to the 18 points from Niktash.

DiNunno looking like Manu Ginobli out there as the visitors reduce the defecit to 18 points at the break.

Q2: 02:30 Lions 56-35 Phoenix

A sizeable lead has opened up and the pace is now franctic as we head towards half-time. Here's hoping the Phoenix watched LeBron James' performance last night against the Pacers...

Q2: 05:07 Lions 47-25 Phoenix

We have a the makings of a rout on our hands. On tonight's performance it's clear to see which of these sides is progressing to the post-season...

Q2: 07:00 Lions 06:32 Lions 43-21 Phoenix

The hosts continue to dominate with points from Ikhinmwin and Williams, Phoenix in early trouble.

Q2: 0:9:02 Lions 37-19 Phoenix

Owumi gets the hosts off to a flying start to the second quarter as both teams pick up early team fouls.

Q1: 00:00 Lions 35-17 Phoenix

End of the first quarter, the Lions have stormed to a 35-17 early on the back of Niktash's hot shooting. He has 18, and leads the team in rebounding as well.

Q1: 02:55 Lions 31-12 Phoenix

Someone may need to start guarding Navid Niktash. The French-Iranian forward has SIXTEEN, converting four from deep. Lions storming to a big early lead.

Q1: 06:13 Lions 18-4 Phoenix

Niktash is hot early, with eight points on his first three attempts for the Lions.

Q1: 07:42 Lions 13-2 Phoenix

Lions have started fast, converting three quick three pointers from Niktash, Taylor and Owumi.

30 Minutes before tip-off, the starting line-ups: 

London Lions: Wells, Lockhart, Ikhinmwin, Hassan, Williams

Cheshire Phoenix: Anderson, Adekoya, Gosney, Jones, May-Thompson

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