This weekend saw a busy few days for the team at the Copper Box Arena as they played host to three days of sports action back to back!
Friday saw the first night of action with night one of Queensbury Promotions televised boxing show, this played host to eight fights and was shown on BT Sport with The head line bout was for the WBO International Super-Middleweight Championship, between Zach Parker and Vaughn Alexander headlining.
On Saturday evening saw the second night of boxing saw another eight fights and the vacant British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Championship fight between Willy Hutchinson and Lennox Clarke headlining the card. At the end of Saturday night the venue team supported the load out the boxing production and set then had the task of setting up the venue in time for Sunday afternoon to host London Lions in the British Basketball League against Worcester Wolves.
This transformation of the venue occurred overnight with the team working through the early hours of Sunday morning to get the venue ready.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a great end for a depleted Lions team who completed a miserable weekend as they went down 84-72 against Worcester Wolves at the Copper Box,
Vince Macaulay's side were without Justin Robinson and DeAndre Liggins and never recovered after falling behind 11-0 inside four minutes as the Wolves led from tip-to-buzzer.
Orlando Parker hit a triple to get the Lions moving, and he hit another three before Kevin Ware's shot from downtown got the home side within three points. Ware completed an and-one and made it a two point game only for Worcester to close out the period strongly to lead 28-18 at the first break.
Dirk Williams scored from the Land of Plenty to open the second period and a good quarter saw the visitors outscored 24-18 as Fahro Alihodzic made it a two point game, and his hook shot cut the half-time deficit to 46-42.
Jordan Spencer made it a three point game with just three second half minutes gone but that proved to be as good as it got for the hosts as the Wolves rattled off eight unanswered points, and despite Alihodzic ending the quarter with a pair of free-throws, the Lions trailed 66-54 at the final break.
Lay ups from Kevin Ware and Ed Lucas trimmed the visitors' lead early in the fourth period before captain Joe Ikhinmwin made it a seven point game with 80 seconds gone and despite threes from Jules Dang-Akodo and Kevin Ware, the Wolves closed out the game.
Ware led Lions with 19 points, five rebounds and a couple of steals, with Alihodzic and Lucas adding ten points apiece. Jordan Williams led Wolves, adding six assist to his 23 point, 11 rebound double-double.
The Lions aim to bounce back on Wednesday against local rivals Surrey Scorchers at home. Tip off 6pm.