Preview – Lions v Raiders

Preview - Lions v Raiders

Tonight, the Plymouth Raiders continue their extended stretch from home, as they travel east to face the London Lions, in the second of five away fixtures over 20 days.

Last week saw another fourth quarter collapse which bought more disappointment to the Plymouth side that ultimately lost 91-80 to the Cheshire Phoenix.

What made the blow out defeat more painful was the Raiders dominance through the first three quarters, led again by the Americans, Tre Bowman and Eric Eaves with 17 and 16 points respectively. After going in at the half with a slim 3-point margin, the Phoenix were blown away by the Raiders who showed their rare flare of talent, to put themselves 11 in the lead before the final 10 minutes.

The final quarter only saw four free throws converted in five minutes, as the Phoenix accelerated past the Raiders with 16, then a final 13-3 run.

The Raiders task won’t become any easier tonight as the Lions sit third in the BBL championship with 17 wins. The Lions also find themselves on an impressive run of form. Their last five matchups have been victories, with notable double point wins over the Newcastle Eagles and league leading Leicester Riders.

One hope the Raiders will play upon is the tiredness of the Lions squad who’ve played five times in the past week. The most recent game saw the hosts play against Lamelo and LiAngelo Ball (two of the three famed Ball brothers), as their Lithuanian side, Vytautas Prienai-Birstonas, won an exhibition game designed to boost British Basketball, on Monday.

With a deep bench to call on, the Lions will still fancy themselves as favourites, as the Raiders struggle to get through the season.