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James believes Lions can push on after victory double

Duane James is confident the London Lions can push on following their two victories over the weekend.

Duane James is confident the London Lions can push on following their two victories over the weekend.

The Lions produced a comeback win against Worcester Wolves on Friday before beating Mersey two days later in which James top scored with 19 points.

“Two wins this weekend was big for us and with our growth we should march forward,” declared James.

London’s win against Worcester was not the first time they have had to come from behind to win having beaten Sheffield earlier in the month from a similar position. James was wary of the physical and mental demands of those matches whilst reflecting on the inspirations behind the victories.

“I would say its a mix of both the crowd and the team’s spirit. When combined, good things have happened for us. Our fan base is growing and we are loving every moment!” the 29 year-old added.

London lost their opening three games of the season but James has paid tribute to the coaching staff for changing the belief of the team.

“The coaching staff instilled that spirit into us because early in the season it seemed like we would just give up. The coach pulled us aside individually and made some requests”

James has had previous experience in the BBL having played for both London Capitals and Leicester Riders and has been impressed with the development of the league since his return including the television coverage.

“I’m impressed at the stride the BBL has made since I last was here and I think anyone can win the league.

“I like the fact that the games are televised now. The televised game (v Worcester) meant it was a great opportunity to show my craft to the basketball fans. It was very exciting for me!”

The 6’6″ American forward currently averages 13.8 points per game with an average of 6.7 rebounds but James has set himself targets to work on.

“I’m not pleased because I feel I can give so much more. I’d like to improve my shooting and cut down on my turnovers and be the guy my team can count on from start to finish”

James also heaped praise on team-mate Orlan Jackman, who has been one of the leading scoring figures in the league so far. Jackman has formed a formidable partnership with Tayo Ogedengbe and James described the duo as having ‘NBA type athleticism’.

“Orlan (Jackman) has been magnificient and he’s a lot of fun to watch. He has come a long way and has so much potential- he is the future for British basketball,” said James.

London Lions are sixth in the table on a 6-7 record having won four of their last six league games and James gave his verdict on the situation his side are in:

“We’re making progress, I don’t think we know yet just how good we are or (how good we) could be.”

Vince Macaulay’s side have lost just once at home in the league this season and host Plymouth, Newcastle and Glasgow in their next three fixtures at their Crystal Palace venue.

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