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.”