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Inverness City Lions blown away in first quarter in disappointing defeat to West Lothian

By Will Clark

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Inverness City Lions suffered their first home defeat of the Scottish Basketball Division Two season, going down to a 84–62 defeat to West Lothian Wolves.

Graeme Gillespie (right) in action for Inverness City Lions.
Graeme Gillespie (right) in action for Inverness City Lions.

It was their second defeat in-a-row as they now remain top of the league by just a head-to-head win over Stirling Knights.

The hosts found themselves down by 20 points at the end of the first quarter, which was too much for them to overcome at Millburn Academy.

Head coach John Kerray said it was a disappointing performance: “We were expecting a tough match up with West Lothian Wolves and knew that they would be a big team.

“They capitalised on their size advantage right from the tip off and by the time we started to adjust to their rough style of play they had taken a 28–8 lead by the end of the first quarter.

“We competed for the remainder of the game but were never able to make up the 20 point deficit from the first quarter.

“It didn’t help that our shooting percentage was poor, 24 baskets from 92 shots taken and we lost possession of the ball 32 times during the game.

“It was however good to see ex Highland players Rodger Watt and John Wilkes suiting up for the Wolves and playing a big part in their win.”

Graeme Gillespie was City Lions’ top player as the 18-year-old contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.

Kerray said improvement was required if they were to stay at the summit of Division Two.

They will look to get back to winning ways when they host Glasgow University B at Millburn Academy tomorrow, a team who they lost to earlier this month.

“We need to adjust and adapt quicker to counter what the opposition is doing during our games,” said Kerray.

We take on Glasgow University B, a team that beat us two weeks ago.

“The players will need to lift themselves to get out of this two-game slump so we can get our season back on track.

“We have the ability to do it, we just need to believe we can do it.”

Tip-off at Millburn Academy on Saturday is at 4pm.

Division Two league table

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