London Lions 80 (22,44,60)
Glasgow Rocks 77 (30,46,65)
A terrific final quarter by London Lions ensured an 80-77 victory at the Copper Box over Glasgow Rocks.
The visitors had two chances to take the match to overtime but Gareth Murray and player-coach Sterling Davis both missed with three-point attempts.
The decisive run came with the score tied at 70-70. Lions put together a 5-0 burst and the closest Rocks could get after that was 79-77 with 24 seconds to play.
London split two free throws to make it a three point game but when Murray and Davis couldn’t connect from deep it proved to be enough.
For the second night in a row the Rocks had an excellent opening to the match. A Chez Marks three made it 20-8 but Lions responded and trailed by eight (22-30) at the first break.
Lions eventually tied the match at 34-34 and not much separated the teams the rest of the way until half time. A four-point play by Gareth Murray prevented London from establishing a decisive lead and EJ Harrison tied the score at 44-44 before the visitors edged the first half 44-46.
A one point Lions lead of 54-53 was overturned by some excellent play Rocks, who put together an 8-2 run (56-61). The two teams split the final eight points of the period as Sterling Davis’ side led 60-65 heading into the final stanza.