28 October 2021

A 91-81 victory over German club Medi Bayreuth saw the London Lions men's team continue their perfect start in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday.

Heading into the game with two wins from two after defeating Donar and Kapfenberg Bulls, the Copper Box Arena were treated to a second 10-point win in a row.

While the Lions will have to play all three of their opponents in Group A again in the reverse fixtures before deciding who goes through to the second round, the British side are in good position to qualify for the latter stages.

The Europe Cup was launched by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), seven years ago and it acts as a European basketball competition just below the Champions League.

Former University of East London (UEL) scholar Josh Ward-Hibbert did not feature but will hoping to play a part as Vince Macauley’s side venture on in Europe.

Scholars help lead fightback

Meanwhile, in the EuroCup Women competition, some of UEL's current crop helped the Lions recover from their loss last week to move up to second place in Group K.

Once again Holly Winterburn and Cassie Breen led from the front with 15 and 11-points respectively as the London Lions beat Castors Braine 69-63.

Paige Robinson and Valentina Klocker also represented UEL on the court.

Defeat to Zabiny Brno previously saw the women's side lose their unbeaten record, however, the victory against Braine means that three teams are level on five points in Group K.

With everything to play for the Lions will hope that stars such as Winterburn will continue their good form, with the 21-year-old leading the charts for both points and assists per game.

Looking Ahead

European fixtures for both the men’s and women’s teams continue each Wednesday, with another doubleheader at the Copper Box Arena featuring on Wednesday 3rd November.

For those wanting to come down and see the action, seats are available on Ticketmaster or UEL students can obtain free/subsidised tickets through the University.

Make sure you follow East London Sport on Twitter and Instagram to keep updated on ticket handouts to go and watch the Lions!

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