Glasgow Rocks 69 (14,39,53) (Harrison 17, Davis 15, Wedemire 15)
London Lions 66 (29,41,56) (Jackman 26, Ogedengbe 14,Martin 11)
There was heartache for London Lions at the Emirates Arena as the Rocks overcame a rotten start to haul themselves back into the contest, overturn a 19 point deficit and drive a dagger through the hearts of the visitors with a last second triple by EJ Harrison.
The game winning-shot on the buzzer was harsh on London who played well, but just couldn’t kill off the Rocks in the first-half when they had established themselves a very handy advantage and one they will be sorely disappointed not to hang on to.
Tied at 9-9 during the early exchanges, Lions exploded, led by Orlan Jackman and outscored Rocks 20-5 for the remainder of the first quarter to take a commanding lead at 29-14.
And, when they then extended the gap to some 19 points after a Jackman three-pointer made it 36-17, it looked a decidedly long way back for the shell-shocked Rocks.
But, a devastating 22-5 run by the home team leading up to the interval changed the entire reflection of the game and set-up a dramatic and absorbing second-half when both teams were neck and neck for long periods.
Unsurprisingly, the scores were locked 58-58 with five minutes left on the game clock and both teams began to struggle offensively – until a late flurry of triples.
Andrew Wedemire put Rocks 64-63 in front, only for Jackman to reply in kind minutes later, although it was the late intervention by Harrison which proved to be the decisive score from long-range.
Harrison finished with 17 points, although six steals from Gareth Murray were priceless in such a tight game.
Jackman was top scorer in the game with 26 points.