London Lions finally ended its long wait for more silverware with victory over RED Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Cup Final on Sunday, 11 years after the franchise last won the competition.
The Lions put on a defensive clinic, holding the Rocks to a historic record low 20 points in the first half – before eventually running out 68-54 winners, at Arena Birmingham.
“[The Cup] being my first piece of silverware makes all the sacrifices we as players make in life all worth it,” reflected Andre Lockhart who returned to London in the summer for a fourth successive season with the club.
“It’s for these moments.
“The club deserves this; it’s been a very long time.”
Brandon Peel took home Final MVP honours thanks to a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds. The forward rounded out his showing with three assists and a steal, all without having committed a turnover.
“Captain Joseph Ikhinmwin stressed to us before the game that every game is a championship game and every team is going to come out and give us there best shot,” Peel told media after the buzzer.
“In the end I think we executed a little bit better and we gritted it out on defence and that’s how we came up with the win.
“This is arguably the greatest moment of my career so far as a Lion.”
Marquee star Justin Robinson played a game-high 34 minutes and 38 seconds, tallying an impressive 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Lions.
“We played our game and stuck to the game plan and pulled through,” reflected the guard during the post-game press conference.
“We never felt comfortable and always felt like they could comeback at any time, so we didn’t take any play for granted.
“I feel like we have a special group, but who knows if this group will be back together next season. We have to make the most of every opportunity we get.”
London improves its record in finals to 2-5, while Glasgow’s wait for another title continues as the side collect a tenth runners-up medal since the franchise tasted Play-Off success 16 years ago.
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