10 DEC 2017: LIONS 67-83 PHOENIX (CUP SF 2ND LEG)

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Phoenix down Lions to reach Cup Final.

BBL Cup Semi-Final, Second Leg

London Lions 67-83 Cheshire Phoenix (15-26, 32-49, 46-64)
(154-157 on aggregate)

Cheshire Phoenix pulled off an impressive comeback to overcome London Lions and reach the 2018 BBL Cup Final.

Ben Thomas’ side trailed by 13 heading into the Second Leg, but a 16-point road victory seals the club’s first Final appearance in the Cup since 2010.

Leading scorers – Robinson 20, Ikhinmwin 13, Peel 12 (Lions) – Jackman 23, Gettys 17, Sandoval 16 (Phoenix)

Turning point – Phoenix came out firing with a 4-15 start and headed into the half-time break with the overall lead in the tie. The Lions made a late rally, but it was not enough as the visitors held on to secure the Semi-Final victory.

Key stat – The Lions – defending a 13-point lead – never led in the contest and Cheshire were able to take control throughout.

Game hero – Orlan Jackman found his rhythm early on his way to a game-high 23 points for Phoenix to set another date in Birmingham having won the competition with Esh Group Eagles Newcastle last season.

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