British Basketball League Playoffs: Leicester Riders @ London Lions LIVE
Live at the Copper Box arena as the London Lions host the Leicester Lions in the first leg of the British Basketball League Semi-Finals.
FINAL SCORE Q4: 00:00 Lions 71-90 Riders
Clark is perfect again with the free throws... The Riders take home a 19 point buffer for Sunday's deciding second leg.
Riders just seeing out the clock now, happy with taking the lead back to Leicester. Score is 88-71 with less than a minute to play. #thebbl— Sports Gazette (@SportsGazette) May 5, 2017
Q4: 01:27 Lions 71-88 Riders
Clark is putting on a clinic as he dishes a dime for King to convert for an easy bucket. The Lions now in damage limitation mode.
Q4: 03:01 Lions 69-83 Riders
Hassan is perfect from the free throw line... but Clark cancels it out as he drives the lane for the easy layup.
Q4: 03:34 Lions 66-80 Riders
Lions call their final timeout of the game, can they find another gear to make the second leg more interesting?
This one is in danger of getting away from the Lions. Back to back scores puts the Riders up by 14. #thebbl— Sports Gazette (@SportsGazette) May 5, 2017
Q4: 04:48 Lions 66-80 Riders
The Lions are too dependant on Zaire Taylor with 23 points, meanwhile The Riders have five players with double digits.
Q4: 06:15 Lions 66-78 Riders
More free throws and a Robsinson three for The Riders. Is this game slipping away from the hosts?
Q4: 07:41 Lions 66-73 Riders
Hampton converts the alley oop off Clark's assist, the vistors are resolute.
Q4: 09:06 Lions 66-69 Riders
Williams sinks the three as the hosts come out hot. The crowd are begining to play their part in this contest.
END OF Q3 Lions 63-69 Riders
Niktash airballs the three pointer at the buzzer, as Riders build up a bit of a lead to close out the half.
Q3: 01:33 Lions 63-66 Riders
A key stat to watch: the Riders are 12/13 (92%) from the free-throw line, the Lions just 64% on 17 attempts. Taylor goes one-for-two again.
Q3: 02:46 Lions 59-64 Riders
There have been 26 free throw attempts so far. Hassan adds another in an incredibly physical game.
Q3: 03:20 Lions 58-62 Riders
Incredible touch from Owumi who drives past Washington and nails the beautiful floater off one leg.
Q3: 03:58 Lions 56-60 Riders
Crowd really getting into this. Niktash drives to the basket and gets fouled hard. He converts one of two.
Q3: 05:19 Lions 53-58 Riders
This is turning into a real playoff battle. Taylor is fired up as he drives to the basket and gets the and-one before hyping up the crowd.
Q3: 06:05 Lions 50-55 Riders
The Riders respond with a long two from Bernardini. The lions keep cutting the lead, and the reigning champs keep firing back.
Q3: 08:39 Lions 46-51 Riders
Taylor has put the Lions on his back. He has 19 already and adds another assist to Niktash, who then follows up with another three.
Q3: 09:39 Lions 42-47 Riders
Lions open the third quarter with Hassan showing some nice touch in the paint. Lead is cut to five.
Q2: 00:40 Lions 40-47 Riders
Taylor with a huge three for The Lions! The hosts head into the break down by only single digits.
Q2: 01:20 Lions 35-47 Riders
The visitors digging deep to finish the half strong. Coach Lloyd again forced to call a timeout for The Lions.
Q2: 02:40 Lions 35-43 Riders
Taylor drains a free-throw as the hosts move within six.
Q2: 04:30 Lions 33-40 Riders
Clark stops the rot for the Riders momentarily... but Owumi strikes back for the hosts! It's now a seven point game as Owumi heads to the free-throw line.
Q2: 05:19Lions 29-38 Riders
The hosts within single digits as Owumi cleans up off the boards! The Lions poses a real threat in the paint.
Q2: 06:17 Lions 24-38 Riders
It's heating up as the two sides exchange deep threes!
Q2: 06:38 Lions 21-35 Riders
The hosts stuttering offence leads coach Nigel Lloyd to call a timeout. Down by 14, The Lions already have it all to do.
Q2: 08:15 Lions 19-31 Riders
Sullivan drains the three! The visitors beginning to pull away at the start of the second quarter.
Q2: 09:43 Lions 19-26 Riders
The hosts pick up where they left off, again ruthless from the free-throw line.
END OF 1ST QUARTER Lions 19-24 Riders
Riders lead 24-19 after one. The story of the game so far? Free-throws. 14 Fouls have been committed so far, and the Riders have converted 8 of their 9 attempts.
Q1: 00:10 Lions 19-22 Riders
Brandon Clark misses the Riders first free-throw, they are still an incredible 7 of 8 from the line.
Q1: 00:55 Lions 17-21 Riders
It might be a sloppy start, but both teams are shooting incredibly efficiently from the line. Two more free throws for the Lions, followed by an immediate reply from the Riders with two of their own.
Q1: 02:50 Lions 12-19 Riders
The Riders are pulling away, Lions timeout.
Q1: 03:24 Lions 12-17 Riders
Robertson drives to the basket and draws a HARD foul. He nails both free throws. The Riders are still perfect from the free-throw line.
Q1: 04:23 Lions 10-13 Riders
Connor Washington, who we picked out as one-to-watch, drains a three as soon as he enters the game, and then drives to the basket and gets the and-one. Not a bad opening 30 seconds for number 13.
Q1: 05:34 Lions 8-7 Riders
Good transition offense from the Lions, as Kai Williams leads the fast break and feeds Owumi who drives to the basket and gets the and-one.
Q1: 07:20 Lions 5-5 Riders
A backdoor cut from Niktash as he drives to the basket and SLAMS HOME the dunk.
Q1: 07:46 Lions 3-5 Riders
A SLOPPY start to the game, misses and turnovers from both teams, before Kevin Williams drains the trifecta to get the Lions on the board. Walker responds with a three of his own.
Q1: 09:02 Lions 0-2 Riders
We are UNDERWAY, the reigning champs with some swift ball movement as Bernardini drives to the basket and draws the early foul.
Player to watch: Joshua Ward-Hibbert, Riders Guard, A former Junior Grand Slam Tennis Champion who STILL holds the record for fastest serve by a junior at Wimbledon.
We are live at the Copper Box Arena for the first leg of the British Basketball League playoff semi-final matchup between the London Lions and the Leicester Riders.