Lions get revenge on Flyers; Riders maintain off Eagles in BBL motion
London Lions 95 vs 60 Bristol Flyers
(23-5, 20-22, 27-15, 25-18)
Lions – Dekker 25, Hruban 17, Finest 14; Flyers – King 18, Bell III 11, Delpeche 10
It was a a lot anticipated conflict between the league’s prime two groups this season – the London Lions and Bristol Flyers. The Lions got here into the sport seeking to avenge their loss to the Flyers earlier within the season.
In dominating vogue the Lions opened the sport with a 17-0 run. Getting the ball inside early to their bigs – Zubcic and Koufos first earlier than turning to Aaron Finest with a ravishing lefthanded end.
Koufos was particularly efficient at establishing a presence inside – ending the sport with 11 rebounds. Notable slashing performs from Aaron Finest and Sam Dekker’s deep two-pointer induced coach Andreas Kapoulas to name timeout.
Bristol lastly received on the board with a pull-up jumper from Brandon Mahan. However the Lions instantly responded with a soar shot from Vojtech Hruban and Zubcic related on a nook three-pointer.
Within the second half, the Flyers come out stronger, Josh Ward Hibbert comes off the bench and scores a pleasant left handed finger roll.
Mike Miller drained a 3 within the nook and Delpeche and King received in on the motion. This quarter, nonetheless, belonged to Sam Dekker, who was unstoppable slashing to the basket. Dekker didn’t miss a shot and scored 10 of his 25 factors within the second quarter.
Within the third interval, the Flyers chopped away on the lead. Getting it to 10 with V King the main instigator.
The Lions turned to their stretch ahead Zubcic who chalked up 5 fast factors for the Lions. Delpeche hammered dwelling a big left hand dunk. Nonetheless, the Lions saved mounting strain with wonderful ball motion, skip passes and pick-and-roll play.
Sam Dekker proved the worth of his NBA expertise – going coast to coast and arising with the and-one. Josh Sharma additionally got here alive and scored six factors within the paint, nevertheless it was Dekker who capped off the quarter – hitting the three with the seconds on the clock winding down.
Within the fourth, the Flyers received some stable manufacturing from Bell III, however the 34 margin was insurmountable. The Lions now transfer on to face off in opposition to the Leicester Riders on the twenty seventh which is predicted to be one other thrilling conflict of prime tier groups. The Flyers head to Surrey to battle the Scorchers on the twenty third December.
One other spotlight was the looks of newly appointed BBL CEO Aaron Radin on Sky Sports activities. Radin shared his ideas with Sky Sports activities on what lies forward for the thrilling way forward for the BBL.
Caledonia Gladiators 117 vs 96 Cheshire Phoenix
(40-17, 20-25, 25-29, 32-25)
Gladiators – Bailey 36, Sloan 23, Burns 19; Phoenix – Austin 27, Teague 25, Jack 18
4 hundred miles north from London, the Caledonia Gladiators dismantled the Cheshire Phoenix with a equally spectacular opening quarter.
The Gladiators scored 40 factors within the first quarter en path to a 117 -96. Caledonia’s opening quarter is their finest since 2010.
Tape was spectacular early with a few dunks – because the Gladiators constructed an 11 – 4 lead. Additional scores from David Sloan and a three-pointer from Jeremiah Bailey.
23-9 within the first quarter. Jeremiah Bailey nails a three-pointer on the buzzer. Bailey was dominant inside and outside tonight; scoring 36 factors, grabbing 11 rebounds and doling out six assists.
Within the second half, Tahjai Teague got here out capturing, hitting a three-pointer and a troublesome fadeaway that even received a smile from rival Bailey. The Phoenix have been unable to cease Caledonia on the different finish although. Bailey went to work within the paint and Tape got here up with a block and a dunk.
Third quarter motion noticed David Sloan rating 4 factors, earlier than an enormous baseline dunk from Jeremiah Bailey put the sport past attain for the Phoenix.
Teague completed with 25 factors on 80% capturing for the guests. The Gladiators have been constant and proved why they’re a harmful workforce on this yr’s BBL competitors – Patrick Onwas was particularly dominant within the second half, tallying 18 factors in whole.
The Phoenix face off in opposition to the Manchester Giants subsequent on the thirtieth December. The Caledonia Gladiators tackle the Sheffield Sharks on the twenty third December.
Newcastle Eagles 87 vs Leicester Riders 91
(17-30, 25-26, 26-20, 19-15)
Eagles – Hamlet 25, Johnson 19, Cohen 13; Riders – Whelan 24, Jackson 22, Thornton 13
The Leicester Riders picked up one other victory on the street this night in opposition to the Newcastle Eagles. Regardless of main by 12 factors at halftime, the Eagles virtually pulled off a comeback – main by some extent within the last two minutes.
Everett opened the scoring for the Eagles, however the Riders have been those to capitalise as a workforce early. All 5 of their starters scored within the first 5 minutes. Derryck Thornton ran a easy operation while scoring 4 factors of his personal.
A 9-4 run was capped off by a Marc Loving turnaround fadeaway. A few three-pointers by French and Hamlet saved the Eagles shut.
Darius Defoe scores a few strikes inside because the Eagles minimize the result in single digits.
Zach Jackson went on a scoring run for the visiting aspect – he scored 12 of his 22 factors within the interval – together with a strong quick break dunk and a three-pointer.
Patrick Whelan prolonged the result in 15 with a three-pointer. The GB marksman completed with 24 factors on 63% from the sphere and 60% from deep.
Within the third interval, three pointers have been raining for either side. Evan Walshe hit his first from deep – earlier than Corey Johnson and Jermel Kennedy scored back-to-back threes for the Eagles. The Riders held agency to an eight level lead, regardless of Johnson scoring late.
Within the fourth, Javion Hamlet willed his workforce again into rivalry. Scoring 8 of his 25 factors, Hamlet used velocity and quickness to search out himself both on the basket or the free-throw line.
With the Eagles ramping up their defensive strain and igniting the house crowd, a Johnson layup gave his aspect a one level lead. Nonetheless, Newcastle couldn’t discover the ultimate piece on this comeback and Whelan scored two free-throws to present the present BBL champs the win.
Sheffield Sharks vs Manchester Giants
(21-27, 23-18, 20-19, 19-28)
Sharks – Nichols 21, Ogunyemi 19, Koch 13; Giants – Inexperienced 24, Lewis 22, Williams 20
Within the last recreation of the night, the Manchester Giants travelled to Ponds Forge, beating the Sheffield Sharks 92-83.
The Giants opened with an 8-0 run courtesy of Rahmon Fletcher’s uptempo play and Anthony Roberson’s athleticism. Channel Banks Jr was first on the board for the Sharks.
4 factors from Tajh Inexperienced noticed Manchester get 12 factors clear. However some heroic play from Kipper Nichols introduced Sheffield again from the sting.
Nichols continued his scorching streak, with Bennett Koch scoring on the block on consecutive possessions. Inexperienced related on a pair of soar pictures – however the Sharks battled again into the sport. From being down eight, they went into the half trailing by a single level.
The third quarter was tightly contested. Inexperienced opened the half with a three-pointer earlier than Rodney Glasgow Jr responded from two. A rating from Legend Robertin pushed the Giants right into a 7 level lead. However a three-pointer from Jordan Ratinho and a jumper from Marcus Delpeche rapidly decreased the margin.
The groups have been even at 64-64 going into the ultimate quarter.
The Giants appeared just like the favourites and pushed forward just a few occasions all through the sport. With a flurry of three pointers – two from Nick Lewis and one from Dirk Williams – Manchester have been capable of preserve Sheffield at bay.
Some resistance got here from Banks Jr and Nichols, earlier than a Ratinho three introduced the Sharks again inside 5. With the clock counting down, a pair of free-throws from Roberson and a Lewis dunk delivered the ultimate punch.
Tajh Inexperienced led the Giants with 24 factors and 10 rebounds, the Sharks have been led by Kipper Nichols with 21 factors.
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