Saturday, April 19, 2014

Play off boost for Plymouth after close win over Lions

BBL Championship

London Lions 94-102 Plymouth University Raiders

London Lions 94 (17,42,65) (Brown 19, Marks 19, Sturt 17)

Plymouth University Raiders 102 (25,48,75) (Pressey 23, George 21, Vaitelis 20)

Emdad Rahman: The Plymouth University Raiders have the Play-offs in their grasp after a Good Friday win over the London Lions elevated the visitors to seventh place in the BBL Championships. 

Matt Pressey was star man as the visitors took control in the first quarter after Rod Brown scored for the hosts. 

Raiders fought back and reached a 23-13 advantage in the first quarter. 

The score gap remained consistent throughout the game and the first half saw Raiders finish 48-42 ahead but increased to 12 points at various points during the third quarter. 

With less than five minutes to go Chez Marks clawed the deficit to 83-87 but the resolute visitors maintained the points difference to ensure a vital away victory. 

Top scorer was Matt Pressey who reached 23 points and eight rebounds, Nick George was not far behind with 21 points and seven boards, while Dainius Vaitelis of Plymouth added 20 points and eight rebounds. 

Rod Brown and Chez Marks shared 19 points each with the former getting 19 rebounds. Adrien Sturt achieved a double-double of 17 points with 12 rebounds.

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