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Basketball: London City Royals vow to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 13:59 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:59 08 October 2018

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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London City Royals have vowed to bounce back from their disappointing first British Basketball League loss.

The newly-formed south London team went down 100-60 as Newcastle Eagles ended a 100 per cent record that had seen Royals earn victories over Bristol Flyers, Manchester Giants and Surrey Scorchers.

Star forward Matt Bryan-Amaning was restricted to just seven points, leaving Will Neighbour and Dayshonee Much to top score for the visitors with 12 points apiece.

The Eagles were determined to keep Great Britain international Bryan-Amaning, who has played in 10 different countries during his seven years as a professional, off the glass and restrict every opportunity.

Their plan worked and they neutralised the attacking threat of the league’s leading scorer.

But Thornton Heath’s Bryan-Amaning insisted Friday night’s upset will serve as a vital learning curve as he pledged to bounce back as good as new.

The 30-year-old told his Twitter followers: “Every team is going to play differently, we just have to see what they can do and how I can try and have a good night every night.

“That’s just part of me playing basketball.

“The BBL won’t be the first league where teams have game-planned against me. I’ve won MVPs before, I’ve been the top scorer on teams that have won championships.

“I’ve seen most defences that you can throw at a player in my position in basketball. There will be bumps in the road but we just have to learn and adjust.”

The home side had six players in double figures by the end of the game and disappointed Royals coach Jay Williams said: “There are no excuses for that performance, we were beaten by a very good team who have very good veteran players and with former MVP Rahmon Fletcher they will be right up there fighting for the championship at the end of the season.

“It was a loss we had to take to show us what kind of team we need to beat if we want to win anything.”

The other main points scorers for the Royals were Elvisi Dusha (11) and Orlan Jackman (9).

Ashley Hamilton, the Royals other big signing, is still sidelined following an operation on his wrist but hopes to be back at the end of the month.

The exciting small forward helped Spanish side Manrese achieve promotion to the Spanish Liga ABC – viewed as the premier domestic league outside the UK – and is certain to ramp up the Royals’ attacking threat.

The Royals are next in League action at Leicester Riders on Saturday, October 20 (7.30pm).

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