Riders’ 100 factors prime Phoenix, Lions take down Scorchers, Flyers come from behind to beat Sharks, Giants flip tables on Eagles, Gladiators safe win over Patriots


BBL Championship

Leicester Riders 100 vs 82 Cheshire Phoenix

(28-21, 29-23, 20-21, 23-17)

Riders – Whelan 20, Jackson 15, Loving 13; Lions – Austin 19, Neighbour 16, Anderson 14

Surrey Scorchers 67 vs 88 London Lions

(18-21, 19-22, 10-25, 20-20)

Scorchers – Taylor 18, Lawrence 16, Ray 9; Lions – Greatest 18, Nelson iii 17, Soluade 11

Newcastle Eagles 92 vs 97 Manchester Giants

(27-15, 21-35, 16-27, 28-20)

Eagles  – Hamlet 23, Johnson 22, French/Gordon 19; Giants – Williams 28, Lee 27, Roberson 11; 

Caledonia Gladiators 96 vs 80 Plymouth Metropolis Patriots

(24-18, 17-16, 25-18, 30-28)

Gladiators – Sloan 29, Tape 20, Onwas 18; Patriots – Bell 14, Daniels 14, Hassan 12

B.Braun Sheffield Sharks 73 vs 91 Bristol Flyers

(23-21, 22-19, 15-25, 13-25)

Sharks – Ratinho 16 , Nelson 14 Delpeche 12; Flyers – King 21, Bell iii/Miller 16, Olison 14

Bristol Flyers outscored B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 51-28 within the second half resulting in a 91-73 win at Ponds Forge on Friday evening.

VJ King placed on a present in entrance of the Sky Sports activities cameras with a team-high 21 factors on 8/10 taking pictures for the Flyers, supported by 19 for Thomas Bell.

Jordan Ratinho paced the Sharks with 16 factors. The sport began shut, with each groups jostling for the lead. Nonetheless, scores from Marcus Delpeche and 5 fast factors from Ratinho noticed the Sharks break free. 

Tevin Olison’s three-pointer and back-to-back buckets from King gave the Flyers the increase they wanted on the proper time, chopping the lead down to a few factors.

4 fast factors from Rodney Glasgow Jr within the second quarter gave Sheffield some respiratory area. The Flyers saved responding – this time, it was six factors from Mike Miller that proved efficient.

Ratinho’s three-pointer sparked a 12-2 run for the Sharks to shut the half. Glasgow Jr additionally splashes a three-pointer with a couple of minutes remaining. 

A late three from Brandon Mahan was an important play – trimming the result in solely 5 factors going into the break.

After halftime, the Flyers rotated their poor begin – grabbing maintain of the lead following a three-pointer by King – adopted by one other by Mahan.

Out of the blue the Flyers couldn’t miss – King punched house a dunk and hit a three-pointer to increase the result in six. 

The Sharks might lastly reply, with Nelson and Ratinho pulling down well timed pictures. However one other late three by the Flyers – this time by Jelani Watson Gayle – saved them firmly within the driver’s seat.

Identical to that they had began, King and Bell closed out the victory, scoring a few late buckets every.

The fourth quarter opened with Watson-Gayle and Ollison scoring 5 unanswered factors. Kipper Nichols responded with a jumper from the wing. 

Ultimately, the Flyers have been in a position to cruise together with regular scoring from Miller, who added six factors to his 13-point tally.

Leicester Riders have been spectacular of their 100-82 win over the Cheshire Phoenix on the Morningside Enviornment.

Regardless of dropping guard Derryck Thornton, the Riders welcomed in Devonte Bandoo, led by Patrick Whelan’s 20 factors and balanced scoring from the bench; the Riders saved in contact with the league-leading London Lions.

Kimbal Mackenzie acquired the beginning and put in one more stellar efficiency of 12 factors and 6 assists.

The opening interval noticed each groups popping out the gate sizzling. Will Neighbour scored from a excessive choose and roll earlier than Mackenzie responded with the layup. 

Cheshire have been in a position to construct a seven-point early lead – nonetheless, the Riders turned the desk. A Marc Loving three spurring on a 7-0 run of their very own. 

Baddoo was in a position to get his first bucket for the Riders. Aaron Menzies additionally had a big affect, scoring on the dunk after which a hook shot inside. 

One other set off the bench for Leicester was Adekoya, who knocked down his second three-pointer.

Within the third quarter, six factors from Austin trimmed the result in seven. Conner Washington orchestrated the offence – calmly pulling down a pair of three-pointers. 

Scores from Neighbour and Anderson saved Cheshire within the sport, however Whelan led the scoring within the third quarter. 

The GB guard related on back-to-back three-pointers as he does so repeatedly in a Riders uniform this season.

In a spectacular defensive play, Marc Loving rose excessive for the block. Operating the ground, he discovered Whelan within the nook for the three-pointer.

A vivid spark for the Riders was large minutes for Aaron Menzies. The GB worldwide will have to be effective for a matchup with the London Lions twin towers of Kosta Koufos and Josh Sharma subsequent Sunday.

Riders constructed on their regular work within the fourth quarter – Jubril Adekoya scoring a few powerful buckets en path to 10 factors and finishing 100 factors for the Leicester aspect as they now put together for the London Lions within the BBL Trophy ultimate on Sunday.

The Manchester Giants have been in a position to pull off an enormous away victory over the Newcastle Eagles. The Giants, who trailed by 12 factors on the finish of first quarter, have been in a position to comeback and take a convincing victory 97-92.

The Eagles stormed out the gates with a 14-4 run, snapped by Dirk Williams’ three-pointer. A 3 from Gordon and scores from Hasahn French and Javion Hamlet gave Newcastle a 12 level lead. Nonetheless Dirk Williams answered but once more, single handedly holding his staff alive, with two extra from past the arc.

Within the second quarter, Manchester have been in a position to overturn the deficit. Rahmon Fletcher discovered William Lee for a three-pointer, adopted by Lee organising Roberson to take a one level lead. The groups traded scores with neither staff in a position to set up a agency lead. But 4 factors from Lee saved the Giants within the driving seat going into the half.

Lee continued his all-around play, grabbing boards, blocking pictures and scoring inside. A pair of threes from Williams and Lee lastly put a ways between the 2 sides – earlier than Justin Gordon responded proper again along with his personal.

Dirk Williams once more proved to be an excessive amount of for the Eagles defence, as he added 4 extra factors to his whole. Scores from Callum Jones and Williams gave the Giants their largest lead of the sport – 16 factors.

The Eagles battled again within the fourth – outscoring their opponents by eight factors. Nonetheless the injury had been finished within the third. The Giants used glorious motion and a balanced scoring effort – discovering Tajh Inexperienced for a dunk inside and a 3 pointer for Nick Lewis.

10 factors from Kyle Johnson and consecutive three-pointers for Javion Hamlet propelled the Eagles again into the sport within the closing minutes. With 23 seconds remaining, a pair of Williams free throws sealed the victory.

The London Lions took down the Surrey Scorchers 88 – 67 to maintain their title hopes in sight. Enjoying with out Sam Dekker and Kosta Koufus, the Lions have been led by Aaron Greatest and Luke Nelson with 18 and 17 respectively. 

The Scorchers, who picked up their second win of the season on boxing day, have been confronted with the powerful activity of stopping a Lions staff flowing with expertise. Surrey have been led by Quincy Taylor and Luke Nelson with 18 and 16.

Tomislav Zubcic ignited the offence for the Lions, scoring 5 fast factors – earlier than Morayo Soluade prolonged their result in eight factors. Lawrence and Ryan Martin saved the Scorchers embers alight, connecting from the charity stripe.

Josh Sharma knocked down a uncommon three pointer – the 7-footer normally preferring to do his work across the basket. A few scores by Taylor have been sufficient to go away a bit of room for Surrey as they headed to the benches to shut the interval.

Zubcic opened the scoring once more with a nifty transfer from the block. However Lawrence was proving troublesome to cease – scoring a 3 and a layup in fast succession. Three-pointers from Greatest and Nelson weren’t sufficient to maintain the Scorchers from remaining effectively and actually within the sport with Taylor the beneficiary.

An 11-0 Lions run noticed the Scorchers unable to attain for the primary 3 and a half minutes earlier than Martin was fouled on his approach to the basket. A pair of three pointers by Soluade, some stellar play from Bradley Kaboza and a dunk by Jonathan Komagum pushed the lead as much as 24 factors.

This was the pivotal quarter for the London aspect, who’re all the time seemingly in a position to put collectively important scoring runs when obligatory.

5 factors by Taylor and a few buckets by Johnson noticed the Scorchers regain a few of their first quarter type. Padiet Wang, who had been comparatively quiet, additionally emerged with a step again jumper.

Nonetheless the Lions saved coming behind the scoring efforts of Greatest. A Komagum three prolonged the result in 22 factors and gave London the victory.

Within the ultimate sport of the night the Caledonia Gladiators confronted off towards the Plymouth Metropolis Patriots on the Emirates Enviornment. Behind David Sloan’s 29 factors and Patrick Tape’s 20 level, 10 rebounds effort the Gladiators locked in to deal with the victory on this tight and aggressive sport.

Plymouth’s greatest efforts got here within the type of Jawuan Daniels and Markedric Bell, every with 14 factors.

Gladiators opened with a 7-0 and Sloan’s layup gave the house staff an early 10 level lead. Patrick Tape supplied some occasion offence, scoring within the put up at will. Jules Dang-Akodo scored on a layup to shut the hole, however with Sloan scoring at a excessive clip, it was troublesome for Plymouth to maintain themselves shut.

T. Gadsden related on his first three-pointer and Isa Brandon introduced Plymouth inside a single level. Caledonia have been in a position to utilise their inside tandem of Jordan Bailey and Tape. Additionally, scoring on the block was Princeton Onwas who had 18 factors and 6 rebounds on the evening. The Gladiators constructed a seven level cushion going into halftime – 41 – 34.

Caledonia turned on the warmth within the third interval with a 15-4 led by Onwas and Sloan. Six factors by Rashad Hassan have been sufficient to maintain the Patriots afloat; with James Hawthorne Jr ending a dunk and J Dang-Okodo hitting a triple too.

A second three-pointer by Dang-Akodo ignited the fourth quarter for the Patriots; nonetheless, Tape was persistently dominant within the paint, pushing the result in 13 with the dunk.

Hawthorne Jr and Bell ignited some resistance, however Sloan and Tape answered proper again with scores of their very own. Tape added his third dunk of the night off the Onwas help.

Onwas had seven factors within the ultimate interval, together with an enormous dunk, as he led his staff onto the victory. Captain Fraser Malcolm will get the ultimate bucket, with a dunk of his personal.

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