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Inverness City Lions take charge against North Lanarkshire Chiefs

By Will Clark

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North Lanarkshire Chiefs 61

Inverness City Lions 71

INVERNESS City Lions continued their 100 per cent start to the Scottish Basketball Division Two season with a 71-61 win over North Lanarkshire Chiefs in Cumbernauld.

Inverness City Lions beat North Lanarkshire by 10 points.
Inverness City Lions beat North Lanarkshire by 10 points.

The Chiefs took an early lead 16–10 at the end of the first quarter with their defence giving them the advantage playing a zonal formation which the Lions struggled to break down.

North Lanarkshire continued their dominance into the second quarter to lead the first half by 14 points with a 38-24 scoreline.

But Inverness stormed back in the third quarter when they ran riot scoring 30 points.

Player of the match Ruaraidh Maclennan scored 14 points in the third quarter alone to make the score 54-54 going into the final quarter.

The visitors took control in the fourth quarter as Inverness’s defence shut out the attack from North Lanarkshire to give them a 10-point victory.

Lions head coach John Kerray said after a slow start his team showed their class to record a comfortable victory.

“It is always the sign of a good team if they can come back from adversity,” he said.

“We really had to change everything at half time and the team came out and executed perfectly under intense pressure.

“We will make adjustments in our training so we are better prepared for all types of defences in the future.

“Next up in two weeks time it’s the high flying Kings, also undefeated, which should make for a cracking game.”

It is the first season Inverness City Lions are playing in the Scottish League.

They won their opening game of the season with a 74-69 victory over Heriot-Watt University at Millburn Academy.

City Lions have no game this weekend but return to action on Saturday, October 12 when they face City of Edinburgh Kings B at Millburn Academy.

League table, results and fixtures here.

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