Raiders travelled to the capital on Wednesday to face the inform Lions who in recent games had defeated both league leaders Leicester Riders and second place Newcastle Eagles. Winning 85% of their home games and by an average of 17 points, on paper the game was an easy home win against the Raiders who have struggled on the road with just one victory in 11 games.
Raiders started with Denzel Ubiaro, who pushed his way into the starting line-up following a string of good performances, alongside Tre Bowman in the backcourt, whilst captain Zac Wells led the front court alongside Louis Sayers and Joonas Järveläinen.
Järveläinen hit a couple of early three-point shots for the visitors giving the Raiders a 4 – 8 lead but a 10 – 0 run for the Lions put them in front and the never looked back. At the end of the first quarter, a 10-point lead had opened with the home side leading 27 – 17. The Lions continued to stretch the lead before half time with forward Brandon Peel posting 17 points and 10 rebounds in the first half for London helping them to a healthy 44 – 28 lead.
The half time break didn’t help the Raiders and some sharp shooting from league MVP candidate Justin Robinson stretched Lions lead to 20 with 10 minutes remaining. A positive for the Raiders was the fourth quarter where the gap was pulled back to nine but the eventual score line of 93 – 84 flattered the Raiders slightly.
Five Raiders player hit double figures in points with Ubiaro leading the way on 15 but a combined 46 from Robinson and Peel gave the home side the victory.
See what Coach Love had to say following the game on Raiders TV.
The Raiders head back to the Pavilions on Sunday where they host Leicester Riders at 4:00pm. Tickets can be bought for the game online at www.ticketstore.co.uk and following recent battles between the two clubs, fans are advised to buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.Game Stats & Highlights