Rocks deny Lions but Heizer takes star role

The Milton Keynes Lions were edged to their second league defeat of the weekend at the Scottish Rocks on Sunday.

Having lost out 92-86 at London United the previous day, Lions slipped to sixth place in the British Basketball League table despite 25 points from new signing Peter Heizer.

Speaking to the Citizen coach Tom Hancock said: "It was a terrible weekend, it really was disappointing to lose both of those games.

"Saturday we got ourselves into a scramble and couldn't find the key to bring it home.

But no one can fault us on Sunday – we were a cohesive unit and looked good. I thought we played well, Peter Heizer looked fantastic, but we missed five straight shots and they scored five straight shots – that's basketball and you've gotta take your chances."

Lions were again without the influential Terrell Brown for Sunday's game but they dominated for 38 minutes with some scintillating play.

Hancock brought in Heizer and Kevin Griffin to partner Tony Windless, Mike New and Dru Spinks. And Lions started brightly, showing great composure. An even first quarter saw the teams level on 26-26, the injection of Heizer adding pace and penetration.

Ronnie Baker was first off the bench and he quickly converted back to back threes and with four different Lions converting the home side led 42-35.

Lions were 56-51 ahead at half time and an 11-3 run in the third session saw them open up a 67-58 lead. But the visitors hit back and a 12-0 run saw them move 70-67 ahead.

A 9-3 run saw Lions take a 76-73 lead into the final quarter.

The baskets dried up in the final session, a three from Heizer and a lay in from Windless being Lions' only scores for four minutes.

Lions held an 85-78 lead before a 10-0 run put Rocks in to an 88-85 lead with 14 seconds left.

Lions' Griffin was then fouled on a three point attempt but he missed his free throws. A Lions foul meant Rocks sealed the game from the free throw line, Daniel Witczak hitting a late three for Lions.