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Summary

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  2. Coverage provided by the British Basketball League
  3. Full-time: London Lions 84-88 Cheshire Phoenix
  4. Defeat prevents Lions from winning first BBL Championship title
  5. They have two other chances to win the title
  6. Cheshire Phoenix still eighth - the last remaining play-off spot

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. “We just want to win it – we don’t care how”

    London Lions could have won their first BBL Championship title over the weekend if reigning champions Leicester had slipped up, but convincing wins at home to Worcester and on the road at Manchester mean the Riders can still win if Lions slip up in their final three games.

    That is no surprise to Lions coach Vince Razaq. “I think Leicester have done well to get to where they‘ve got to,” he said.

    “Because we had such a head start we just looked at it as how many games were left for us to get to the required number of wins. But they battled on as you expect three-time champions to do.”

    A defeat against Cheshire today throws Lions into a difficult last two games – away to third-placed Newcastle on Friday and home to the Riders on Sunday. London need just one win – Leicester need to win both of their last two.

    “No-one other than these two teams have won the league for the past seven years so you have to respect them for that,” said Razaq.

    “We just want to win it - whichever way we win it is a result of all the work we’ve put in for the all other games - not the last one or the first one. I think we’ve been very professional in that last month or so.”

    London Lions coach Vince Razaq
  2. Preview: London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix

    Tip-off: 16:00 BST

    London Lions welcome Cheshire Phoenix to the Copper Box Arena on Easter Monday. A victory for London Lions would see them claim the BBL Championship title. Cheshire Phoenix sit eighth in the table with this being one of their three remaining matches.

    Consecutive wins for second-place Leicester Riders this weekend means the Lions' fate is in their own hands.

    A Cheshire win would help cement the last play-off place they currently occupy and Phoenix can still chase down the Sharks/Raiders who sit above them having played two more games.

    London Lions have been victorious in the previous two meetings between the teams in the BBL this season.

    London Lions' Joe Ikhinmwin
  3. How can I watch London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix?

    You can watch London Lions v Cheshire Phoenix in the BBL live on the BBC Sport website, app, connected TV and iPlayer on Monday, 22 April from 15:50-18:00.

    The game will also be available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

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