ROBINSON NAMED BBL MVP

London Lions guard Justin Robinson is the British Basketball League’s MVP for the 2017-18 season.

The Great Britain guard – preparing for Sunday’s BBL Playoff final against Leicester Riders, topped the votes among the league’s coaches the prestigious accolade off the back of a stellar first year with his hometown club following a lengthy career overseas.

Amid a coaching change and upheaval behind the scenes, Robinson stepped in to provide a bedrock which eventually propelled Lions to their best ever finish of runners-up spot in the BBL Championship while averaging 17.8 points and 5.6 assists per game.

The Londoner fended off the challenge from Tony Hicks of Surrey Scorchers to land the accolade.

“It’s an honour to be appreciated, but for me, it’s all about winning the Play-Off Championship,” said Robinson.

“It means nothing if we don’t win – all the hard work will be void. I’m one of the more experienced guys on the team so I’ve tried to bring a level-headedness.

He continued: “I’m flattered people think highly of my abilities, but it’s a team MVP award instead of an individual accolade – I base my own success on team success.

“I’m thankful for all my team-mates and coaches.”

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