Basketball team the London Lions managed to bag an opening-day win at Plymouth –without star names Jorge Ebanks and Jaron Lane.

Delays in international clearance and work permits meant Ebanks sat and watched the game whilst Lane followed online at his home in North Carolina.

It was MacMillan who opened the scoring for the home side before Demond Watt announced his return to the BBL with a slam dunk. The Lions gradually eased in front 10-12 on a Brian Voelkel lay in.

Nick Lewis and Zach Gachette had the visitors up 18-22 before two quick scores saw the game tied at 22 at the end of the first quarter.

Anthony and Daryl Corletto hit for the home side but a combination of Lewis and Allie Fullah ensured a Lions lead at the half, 34-38

The second half started with a Lions blitz, Lewis started an 8-0 run that put the visitors in charge for good. From there it was all about maintaining concentration which Lloyd’s men duly did as Lions secured a 69-79 win.

“It was a good win,” coach Nigel Lloyd told the club's official website. “I wanted us to compete with energy throughout which we did, it’s always a tough place to play in Plymouth and teams will lose down here, we were in better shape which cost them in the end but I was happy with our execution and focus.”

The Lions will make their home bow for the season at the Copper Box arena when Leeds Force come to town on September 25.

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