London Lions coach Vincent Macaulay delighted after a good weekend’s work

15:34 25 February 2013

Vince Macaulay. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Vince Macaulay. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

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London Lions head coach Vincent Macaulay was delighted after his side capped an excellent weekend by beating Manchester Giants 81-64.

The victory comes after a triumph at Mersey Tigers on Friday by 78 points to 58 and gives the Crystal Palace-based side breathing space in the play-offs.

“We’re delighted after the win,” Macaulay told London24. “We’re coming into the business end of the season and we’re coming back from those injuries and it’s important to get a rhythm together and the guys needed to believe.

“We had these two games coming up against Manchester and Sheffield for how our season is going to go.

“To get two wins in the weekend, I’m over the moon. It has given us a bit of breathing space.

“As long as we can get the head-to-head on Manchester and Sheffield I can breathe easier. It’s going to come down to the head-to-heads as it’s so close. It’s going to go down to the last game.”

Adrien Sturt and Tayo Ogedengbe were the key men for the Londoners, scoring more than 40 points between them but Macaulay was quick to praise his entire side.

“Tayo and Adrien carried us for most of the way,” he added. “I was really delighted with the team’s attitude. We knew they were going to come strong.

“Mike Martin and Jordan Spencer did a good job to finish it off. I’m glad to finish off the weekend.

Sturt also praised his team-mates after the win over the Giants and reflected on the two victories.

He said: “I had a good game but that comes down to my team-mates giving me the ball. It’s a team win. It’s not just an individual thing.

“We headed up to Mersey on Friday and ended up being late to the game and to get the win today with Manchester being late to the game. It’s been a crazy weekend.”

With the Giants being delayed by a blowout on their travels down to Crystal Palace yesterday it left the Lions waiting for an hour-and-a-half to play their game.

“It can be difficult [to stay focused],” Sturt admitted. “I guess it comes down to how you prepare yourself.

“We knew they were late. As long as you keep yourself mentally ready it’s not too difficult but you just have to stay ready.”

The result means London’s head-to-head over Manchester is tied making the game on the last day of the season vital now.

Sturt added: “We’re tied with Manchester but we have a good head-to-head with Mersey and Cheshire. We’re tied with Manchester now.

“We’ve got to play them once more in the last game of the season. You want the head-to-head when it comes to it.”

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