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Capital need to bounce back from early losses

PUBLISHED: 13:56 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

PAWS LONDON Capital lost both of their opening games in the embryonic BBL season at the weekend, going down 73-56 to Leicester Riders before losing 100-83 against Marshall MK Lions. The first game against the Riders...

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PAWS LONDON Capital lost both of their opening games in the embryonic BBL season at the weekend, going down 73-56 to Leicester Riders before losing 100-83 against Marshall MK Lions.

The first game against the Riders could not have got off to a worse start, as the Midlands side raced into a 30-0 lead.

Darren Mills (9 points) and Marcus Knight (9) dragged their side back into the game, while Ibrahim Gariba top scored for Capital with 14, but the half-time deficit of 44-27 was as close as they got.

Leicester raced away in the third period to take a 23-point lead into the final quarter, and it took all of London's efforts to stay within 20 points at the close of play.

Capital needed a big reaction on home turf on Sunday, and they were quick out of the blocks in establishing a 21-0 lead mid-way through the first period.

However, they failed to score again before the buzzer and MK Lions not only came back to equalise - they took a four-point lead into the first break.

That crushed Capital's confidence and a second-period collapse saw them 55-33 down at half-time.

But top scorer Lekan Popolla (17 points) and Gariba (13) amazingly brought Capital back from the dead, closing the gap and taking a surprise 56-55 lead in the third period.

But that mammoth effort clearly took its toll, because MK Lions accelerated away to lead 75-56 going into the final quarter.

That quickly became 100-59 with just minutes remaining, but Capital refused to end their weekend on a low.

They fought back again and scored 24 unanswered points, although the late comeback never looked like changing the outcome of the game, or the weekend as a whole.


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