Big man Gabe Olaseni carried the Lions to an impressive win in Badalona.
London Lions rip through Joventut on the road, 76-87
London Lions roared to a brilliant 76-87 Group A victory at last season’s EuroCup semifinalist Joventut Badalona in Round 6 as Gabe Olaseni produced an effervescent performance for the visitors with 21 points and 9 rebounds. A balanced Lions effort saw Matthew Morgan chip in with 15 points. Tarik Phillip added 13 points, 5 rebounds and as many assists, while Conor Morgan racked up 12 points and 8 boards for the visitors.
At the other end, Andrew Andrews paced Joventut with 20 points and 7 assists, Deshaun Thomas added 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Pep Busquets scored 10 points for the home team. The Lions improved to 4-2 in a fiercely competitive group while Joventus slipped to 3-3 amid a patchy start to its EuroCup campaign.
Joventut made a bright start and carved out a 28-20 lead in the first quarter thanks to free-flowing offense, having made 10 of 14 shots from two-point territory in the opening 10 minutes. However, the home team’s firepower simply dried up in the second, as London turned the game on its head with a 17-4 run and never looked back.
The visitors led 36-44 at halftime as Olaseni dominated at both ends of the floor, having amassed 13 points and 5 rebounds by the interval. In contrast, Joventut shot a miserable 4 of 11 from two-point range and 0 of 6 from behind the three-point arc in the second quarter.
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Magic Moment: Prey seals the deal!
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Magic Moment: Conor Morgan with the game-winning block!
Magic Moment: Jordan Taylor finds Josh Sharma for the alley-oop slam!
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Magic Moment: Showtime as Grantham finds Olaseni for the big dunk!
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Magic Moment: Cook with a one-handed dunk!
Magic Moment: Cook slams it with fury!
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Magic Moment: Matt Morgan's circus shot!
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Magic Moment: Andrews feeds Ruzic!
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Magic Moment: Olaseni with a huge dunk!
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Magic Moment: Cacok explodes for the slam
Magic Moment: Dunston skies for the dunk!
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Magic Moment: Chery connects with Kraag on the break!
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Magic Moment: Dekker sends it to overtime!
Magic Moment: Dekker detonates to the dunk!
Magic Moment:, Donte Grantham slams home a dunk after brilliant team move!
Magic Moment: Nelson beats the first-quarter buzzer!
Olaseni skies for a dunk on the break!
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Magic Moment: Allen's huge block!
Magic Moment: Kraag finishes in style!
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Magic Moment: Dekker hits buzzer-beating three to cap big win!
Magic Moment: Grantham erupts for the slam!
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Magic Moment Sharma detonates to the dunk on the break!
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Magic Moment: Sharma's alley-oop slam!
The home fans turned up the volume after the break in an effort to lift Joventut and Andrews carried the Spanish side with 9 third-quarter points, but the Lions stayed firm and maintained cruise control. The visitors led 55-64 ahead of the final 10 minutes, having had a 43-57 advantage late in the third quarter.
London engineered its biggest lead of the bight, 57-72, early in the fourth quarter but the home team refused to roll over, despite Andrews misfiring in the home straight. Aggressive full-court pressure from Joventut forced a few turnovers from the Lions, who were nevertheless out of sight after Donte Grantham netted in the paint and Olaseni sank a pair of free throws to make the score 68-80 in the closing stages.
Matt Morgan put the icing on the cake for the visitors with a long three-pointer in their final possession to delight his teammates and head coach Petar Bozic.