Lions loosen up after win

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

What a difference a win makes.

Even a practice in the rain feels good for the B.C. Lions, who were joking and singing in the locker room Monday.

They had the weekend off following Friday's 35-20 win over Saskatchewan at B.C. Place.

"It's time to go and get another victory," said defensive back Korey Banks. "You hear the noise in the locker room? You hear the momentum picking up!"

Except for the embarrassing July 24 loss to Calgary, every Lion has always insisted the team was just a couple of plays away from that elusive second victory. They proved that when they capitalized on Riders' miscues in the first half.

Rookie James Yurichuk kicked a loose ball downfield after the Riders couldn't handle a punt return. O'Neil Wilson eventually grabbed the bouncing ball and scored a 14-yard touchdown.

Banks earlier climbed an invisible ladder to pick off a Darian Durant pass deep in the Saskatchewan' zone.

The interception was parlayed into a touchdown on a subsequent play by running back Martell Mallett.

"That's the game of football, you are always a couple plays out of it," Banks said.

"I haven't seen the play yet. Believe it or not, I had a vision that I was going to do that."

B.C. travels to Toronto to face the Argonauts on Friday in a battle of the 2-4 clubs.

The Argos are the only club without a home win.


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