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Posted Monday, March 12th 2018

Preview » London Lions v Bristol Flyers

London Lions v Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship
Tuesday, March 13th (7.30pm)
The Copper Box

Bristol Flyers look to secure their third straight win, as they visit the London Lions on Tuesday night (7:30pm). 

Everything you need to know on Tuesday night’s opponents can be found below.


LONDON LIONS

Since moving from Milton Keynes to London in 2012, Lions have experienced a prolonged stretch of relative success. London have made the Play-offs each year following the move, notably losing in the final in 2015. Despite starting the season strong, winning the Betway All-Star Challenge and occupying the fourth seed for a portion of the season, Lions have struggled as of late. The Tuesday night clash will be an important match-up for both squads with serious Play-off implications, as Flyers are one place above Lions in the Play-off race.


HEAD COACH

London made a coaching change in the New Year. Despite his vast coaching experience in Europe, Mariusz Karol was let go and replaced by Vince Macaulay. Having stepped down as Head Coach at the end of the 2014/15 season to focus on the business side of the club, Lions' owner Macaulay finds himself back at the helm. Macauley, who was responsible for Lions’ Play-off final appearance in 2015, has high hopes of seeing London compete on the European stage in the next three years.


LAST SEASON

London Lions finished last season sixth in the BBL Championship with a record of 18-15. Lions started the season with an impressive record in the early stages of the season. Unfortunately, London lost an integral piece in Jamal Williams to injury and their form never returned to the dizzying heights of the start of the season. Lions made the Play-offs, but were defeated by Newcastle Eagles in the semi final.


ONE TO WATCH

#10 JUSTIN ROBINSON

London Lions’ Justin Robinson is definitely one to keep an eye on. The English point guard, who enjoyed a successful six year stint in Europe following his career at Rider University, has been a constant force for Lions this season.

Robinson has been deadly on the offensive end and enters Tuesday’s match-up in the top five scorers and assist makers in the BBL. The 6’2 guard is averaging 17.7 points and just fewer than six assists per game. Robinson is integral to Lions’ success and Coach K will want to ensure that Robinson does not dictate the pace of the game.


LAST TIME OUT

Bristol Flyers bounced back with a home victory, beating the visiting London Lions 81-64. Leslee Smith led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds to secure the win.


DID YOU KNOW?

London Lions have one of the best defences in the league and concede just 76.4 points per game; only Leicester Riders’ defence holds opponents to fewer points with 73.5.


AS IT STANDS

FORM

London Lions - WLWL
Bristol Flyers - WLWW

League Table

TEAM P W L PTS
2 Sheffield Sharks 27 17 10 34
3 London Lions 27 16 11 32
4 Bristol Flyers 27 14 13 28
5 Manchester Giants 27 14 13 28
6 Cheshire Phoenix 27 13 14 26

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