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A Final ‘for the Culture’ – Lions captain Soko previews Riders showdown

A Final ‘for the Culture’ – Lions captain Soko previews Riders showdown

One of the brightest stars in British Basketball and the perfect choice as leader of this lit London Lions team, 31-year-old Ovie Soko is fired up for this star-studded roster to take to the floor this weekend in Birmingham. 

The biggest rivalry in the UK right now, the Lions have been hunting down Leicester’s crown as the team to beat in the BBL for a minute, and with the Cup title on the line on Sunday afternoon, there’s more than just bragging rights at stake. 

“Sunday is going to be a really great platform for the culture of the sport to grow.” Soko said. 

“We’ve got two great teams going at it in a one-off game and any time you can bring that kind of atmosphere to a major event like this, we all have to enjoy and appreciate it. None of us will be taking it for granted. 

“It feels great to be here in the final, but the job is not done. We’ve done all the work to get here, but that only matters if we win today, so we’re grateful to be here and not going to waste this opportunity. 

“The Riders are very good, they’re disciplined and have a lot of continuity. Rob Paternostro has been there a very long time, his blueprint is all over the team and how they play, and that always gives a team an advantage – especially in situations like this – so we have a lot of respect for them and we’re ready for a big game.” 

Only a few months into his second stint with the Lions, you can already see the impact Soko has had on this mighty London team.  

One of the toughest hoopers the UK has ever produced, whether he’s on the court or on the bench, you can hear this superstar supporting and encouraging his teammates from the opening tip to the final whistle, and he talked about how important coming home this season was to him.  

“Coming back to London has gone exactly as I’d expected so far. We’ve had some great moments but there have been ups and downs, and I think the rest of the year will continue in that way. This is a completely new team, so with that in mind we’ve done a good job so far to do what we have.  

“I’ve been lucky enough…

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