BBL: London Lions 75 Glasgow Rocks 93

PUBLISHED: 20:59 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 20:59 17 March 2018

Jon Thompson looks for a way through for London Lions against Glasgow Rocks at Brixton (pic Graham Hodges)

Jon Thompson looks for a way through for London Lions against Glasgow Rocks at Brixton (pic Graham Hodges)


Glasgow Rocks spoilt Justin Robinson’s Brixton homecoming with a dominant victory over the London Lions.

Andre Lockhart attacks the basket for London Lions (pic Graham Hodges)Andre Lockhart attacks the basket for London Lions (pic Graham Hodges)

Despite Robinson putting up 28 points, six assists and four steals, the Lions struggled to make themselves heard while the Rocks were punishing them for mistakes clinically and efficiently.

The Lions struggled right from the off, with the Rocks defence frustrating the home side while their offence seemed to be able to score at will.

The hosts kept fighting, with some nice moments of play, including a lovely steal by Corey Dixon at the midpoint of the first quarter, but Glasgow would quickly recover, in this case forcing Joe Ikhinmwin into turning the ball over.

By the end of the first quarter, the Rocks looked well on top, up 27-17.

Justin Robinson on the ball for London Lions (pic Graham Hodges)Justin Robinson on the ball for London Lions (pic Graham Hodges)

Things didn’t look up as the second quarter got underway, with a quick timeout being called by coach Vince Macaulay with just a minute and a half gone in the period.

It didn’t seem to help as the turnovers kept coming and the visitors kept the pressure on and with a minute to go in the half, another timeout was called as the score rose to 42-26.

But the Lions found nothing would drop and, despite some nice looks, the score remained the same going into the break.

Coming out of halftime and things started looking up for London as five quick points – a three from John Thompson and a jump shot from Brandon Peel – brought the Rocks lead down to 13.

The optimism wasn’t to last long however, as the visitors stepped back on the gas and put up 10 points which the Lions could only answer with a two-point shot from Thompson.

As Robinson and Thompson battled to keep the score from running away, the Rocks bench were being just as effective as their starters.

Two free throws from former Lion Will Hall took the lead up to 24 with three minutes to go in the third, before Earl Brown made the lead 25.

Thompson and Robinson kept battling, with two shots from downtown, but it just wasn’t enough and the Rocks went into the final quarter break ahead by 25 at 73-48.

The Lions would turn it on for the fourth quarter, putting up 25 points compare with 20 for the Rocks. But it was simply too little too late and the Rocks took the game by 18 points.

The Lions will need to regroup as they go into a frantic set of fixtures that will see them playing five times before Easter Sunday.

The first of these games is against local rivals Surrey at the Copper Box on Friday March 23. Tip is at 7.30pm.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 18:09

Mark McCall called his depleted Saracens squad “amazing” after they fought back to beat Sale Sharks 31-25 and maintain their unbeaten start to the Gallagher Premiership season.

Yesterday, 15:44

Gallagher Premiership: Saracens 31 Sale Sharks 25

Fri, 17:00

Sarries back in league action on Saturday after exertions in Heineken Champions Cup and Premiership Rugby Cup

Fri, 11:00

Haringey Aquatics’ Shakil Giordani won a fantastic five gold medals at the London Winter Championships.

Fri, 10:00

Hampstead & Westminster’s Harry Martin admits he is starting to feel old, as he prepares to compete in the World Cup in India later this month.

Fri, 09:00

Hampstead & Westminster had a National League win double at Maida Vale to maintain their fine start to the season.

Fri, 08:00

London All-Stars and London Titans are gearing up for an epic weekend of wheelchair basketball, as the Lord’s Taverners Junior Leagues returns for the 2018/19 season.

Thu, 19:00

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira says the intense rivalry between Uruguay and Brazil will make their encounter at the Emirates Stadium a competitive and full-blooded affair.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now