London Lions 80-74 DBL Sharks Sheffield (19-17, 36-39, 58-52)

London Lions defeated DBL Sharks Sheffield for the second week in a row as they advanced to the BBL Trophy Quarter-Finals.

In a battle of the top two in the BBL Championship, the Lions came out on top once again to continue their strong start in all competitions.

Leading scorers – Brandon Peel 22, Justin Robinson 20, Jordan Spencer 14 (Lions) – Chris Alexander 20, Leslee Smith 14, Dirk Williams 13 (Sharks)

Turning point – The Lions trailed heading into the half-time break, but came out firing in the third with a 22-13 period to take control and they were able to see out the win, despite a late burst from the visitors.

Key stat – Williams had a huge 30-point game at the Copper Box last week, but was held to 14 points on 28% shooting this week with the Lions’ defence paving the way for the win.

Game hero(es) – Peel posted a big double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lions and Robinson added a further 20 points as the duo starred with limited minutes for Ladarius Tabb.

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