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London Lions bowed out of the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday afternoon, and here is how social media reacted to their European debut.
The British basketball community rallied around the Lions in the build-up to their historic venture with support across the league, too..
— Leicester Riders (@RidersBball) September 22, 2020
— Andreas Kapoulas (@CoachKapoulas) September 22, 2020
— Surrey Scorchers (@surreyscorchers) September 21, 2020
The game went down to the wire and the Lions had the chance to tie the game with a contentious ‘no-call’ going against them in the final 10 seconds..
— Myles Hesson (@myleshesson) September 22, 2020
No foul on @MBALIVE11 ?!?! Very disappointed with how that finished! Fellas played their hearts out but we got unlucky with a missed call! @London_Lions great job men!! Keep progressing British Basketball!!!
— Ben Lawson (@StretchLawson) September 22, 2020
And once again, refs have completely mocked it, that’s a foul 1000%. Nonsense no call
— Carl Wheatle (@CWheatle57) September 22, 2020
— Hosana Kitenge (@hosanakitenge35) September 22, 2020
Ahh so close!! Unlucky @London_Lions
— VanessaJoao (@Nessa_Dasilva) September 22, 2020
Newcastle Eagles veteran, and co-host of ‘The BBL Show’ Drew Lasker gave his thoughts after the final buzzer:
— Drew Lasker (@drew21pink) September 22, 2020
Rob Scott – formerly of EuroLeague Adventures – had a different look at how the Lions’ final possession went down..
Why would you send the ball into MBA in the post in that situation? Attack from the perimeter, make the defense, rotate, make a decision, probably force a foul anyway, just idiotic play calling….
— Rob Scott (@robscott33) September 22, 2020
As is standard, the comments section on Instagram was split, though GB legend Pops Mensah-Bonsu and current GB senior Ovie Soko both had their say.
Really proud of @London_Lions, we'll learn from this, first European game and lack of experience at times showed through. Particularly in the first half Neptunas showed they knew what to do to get the could called & that hurt us.
— Saintpat (@saintpat1962) September 22, 2020
Lots of progress though for British Basketball, and we get to see them compete in the FIBA Europe Cup 🏀🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/Il0CflHzFr
— High Tea Hoops (@HighTeaHoops) September 22, 2020
For a team as stacked as much as the London Lions. They’re not playing as well as I expected
— Jordan Clarke 📸 (@SnapsByJordan) September 22, 2020
Well done @London_Lions… You made us proud…
— Dolly (@dollygreig) September 22, 2020
Really enjoyed the game.. It nice to watch basketball that's not one pass and shoot.. Lions played well @MBALIVE11 was fouled on that last play
— Luke Freer (@lukefreer10) September 22, 2020
Captain Joe Ikhinmwin brought the energy on the court and felt the energy from the support, too:
— Joe “iCanWin” Ikhinmwin (@Jicanwin) September 22, 2020
And, there was also some love for the new Nike jerseys worn by the Lions:
— Hoopsfix 🇬🇧🏀 (@Hoopsfix) September 22, 2020
Love the BLM fists on the back of the @London_Lions BCL jerseys. Great touch.
— Huw Hopkins (@coach_huw) September 22, 2020
They need to make this new Nike stuff available to purchase. That jersey with the LDN and the monochrome would be hugely popular.
— Man Like Barry Gleed (@BarryJGleed) September 22, 2020