Lions edge out Patriots on the street, Gladiators and Phoenix safe house victories


BBL Championship

Plymouth Metropolis Patriots 79 – 88 London Lions (16-16, 32-43, 52-67)
(Patriots: Hassan, 25; Daniels, 16; Gadsden, 15 – Lions: Zubcic, 21; Soluade, 15; Soko, 11)

Caledonia Gladiators 77 – 71 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (22-10, 40-33, 56-50)
(Gladiators: Durham, 19; Sloan, 13; Bailey, 12 – Sharks: Ramsey, 23; Ratinho, 13; Nelson/Koch, 11)

Cheshire Phoenix 82 – 70 Newcastle Eagles (26-13, 56-30, 63-53)
(Phoenix: Austin, 25; Evans, 21; Neighbour, 11 – Eagles: Gordon, 15; Hamlet, 13; French/Johnson, 11)

London Lions secured a tenth win in a row after taking down Plymouth Metropolis Patriots 79-88 in an entertaining contest at Plymouth Pavilions on Sunday. 

Taking pictures
the lights out, Lions ahead Tomislav Zubcic led the staff as he hit 4
triples, going 6/9 from the sector en path to 21 factors and a career-high eight
assists and two blocks.

very important contributor from the bench, Mo Soluade added 15 factors, going 5/6 from
deep to increase London’s unbeaten streak.

groups battled within the opening minutes, with both aspect pressuring admirably on
the defensive finish.

dealt the primary blow, courtesy of guard Luke Nelson, who was left open in
transition to place away a triple.

Metropolis replied with a 7-0 run, spearheaded by current signing Jules Dang Akodo,
who, in addition to finding environment friendly scorer Rashad Hassan inside, confidently
break up the Lions’ defence to get a layup of his personal.

Patriots array of attacking choices continued to be utilised, with Ty Gadsden
and Jawaun Daniels linking effectively on the quick break to pump up the scoring tally
for the hosts.

edged again into the sport – a pair of artful passes between Ovie Soko and Zubcic
discovered Soluade alone within the nook, draining a triple effortlessly.

a contentious opening quarter, the sport was all tied up at 16-16.

opened the second quarter scoring in fashion, recording his third three-point
make of the sport.

boasted a 9-0 run within the opening minutes, with Zubcic and Joshua Ward-Hibbert
working tremendously to dismantle Plymouth’s strong half-court defence.

fast burst of factors from the hosts, together with a putback dunk from James
Hawthorne Jr., saved the rating shut, however heading into halftime, the Lions led
decisively, 32-43.

riot was on the playing cards for the Lions coming into the third quarter, beginning with a
choreographed alley-oop play for Josh Sharma. 

Following that, an epic taking pictures show by Zubcic – going 3/3 from past the arc – launched Lions right into a 15-0 streak.

Persevering with
to restrict Plymouth’s taking pictures choices defensively, London prolonged their result in
22 with simply over 5 minutes remaining within the quarter.

elevated their scoring tally making good use of the free-throw line to cut back
London’s benefit.

A back-to-back pair of highly effective dunks from bigs Sam Keita and Markedric Bell punctured some holes into London’s defenders.

Soluade proved harmful, flattening his fourth triple of the sport, main
all Lions scorers regardless of working from off the bench.

to a scorching begin, the visiting London Lions maintained a agency benefit heading
into the concluding interval of play, 52-67.

mounted a major comeback, pouring in 10 consecutive factors earlier than
London’s Aaron Finest may ship a triple for the guests.

back-to-back threes for Daniels instantly chopped London’s benefit into single

persevered inside for the Patriots, scoring at will regardless of London’s arsenal of
seven-footers, amassing 25 factors in all.

continued his spectacular scoring – being bodily inside to earn journeys to the
charity stripe.

Regardless of
outscoring the Lions 27-21 within the ultimate quarter, the Patriots got here up simply
wanting topping the league powerhouse aspect, falling 79-88 on the buzzer.

end result made London Lions notch a tenth consecutive win – undefeated since

As for Plymouth Metropolis, they document their seventh consecutive defeat, failing to win a house fixture since December.

Caledonia Gladiators pulled off a convincing 77-71 victory over the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks as Gladiators rookie Jeremiah Bailey continues to make a reputation for himself, amassing 12 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists on the point of a triple-double efficiency.

further issue to Caledonia’s success got here from sharpshooter and up to date
arrival Al Durham, whose environment friendly 19 factors – taking pictures 70% from the sector –
glided the Scottish aspect to victory.

Gladiators began the sport sturdy, chalking seven fast factors of their favour, with rookie large Patrick Tape taking part in fiercely underneath the basket to log Caledonia’s first 4 factors.

Sloan, one of many deadliest guards within the league, then casually put away a
triple to launch the hosts firmly within the lead.

responded valiantly, as centre Bennet Koch and playmaking guard Sa’eed Nelson
linked effectively to supply back-to-back scoring possessions for the trailing

emphatic 6-0 run for the Gladiators quickly adopted, forcing Sheffield into an
impromptu timeout.

Ratinho gifted his aspect a calculated and-one play to point out glimpses of a
comeback earlier than Durham’s six swift factors from the bench rounded off the
opening quarter, inserting Caledonia forward comfortably, 22-10.

revitalised their profitable possibilities within the second quarter, as they constructed a
10-2 run with Ty Flowers’ dagger three-point shot forcing Caledonia into an
early timeout with the Sharks closing in to inside 4 factors of the

super back-and-forth emerged between either side as they eagerly tussled
for the lead heading into halftime.

Ratinho and Nelson continued to work successfully to maintain the Sharks’ momentum, whereas Caledonia appeared to skilled centre Fahro Alihodzic, who punished Sheffield’s inside defenders.

Ramsey examined the Caledonia defence, as his unreal acceleration made it straightforward to
draw taking pictures fouls. A meticulous free-throw shooter, Ramsey knocked down eight
of 9 from the road.

lower than eight seconds remaining within the half and the Sharks chomping away at
Caledonia’s benefit, guard Kyle Jimenez heroically rescued Bailey’s missed
three-point try, and he kicked it out once more to Bailey, who linked on his
second try.

groups battled with conviction coming into the third quarter.

5-0 begin for the Sharks was quickly reciprocated by a 5-0 stretch for the
Gladiators, with neither aspect wavering.

Sharks made a number of shut makes an attempt to grab the lead Caledonia had established
for the reason that opening quarter, however the hosts held on as they grabbed a 56-50 lead
heading into the ultimate quarter.

brisk change of three-point efforts between Durham and Ratinho to start out the
fourth quarter solely added to the suspense, as each groups performed glorious

Caledonia managed to carry the Sharks with out a area objective for practically three
minutes, sustaining a double-digit lead till Ramsey hit a layup halfway
by means of the interval.

Sharks made use of the free-throw line within the closing minutes, taking pictures a strong

Caledonia held off Sheffield’s comeback efforts, profitable 77-71 regardless of foul bother late on.

The Cheshire Phoenix had been victorious, dealing an 82-70 win over Newcastle Eagles.

Larry Austin led Cheshire to victory as he scored 25 factors, had six assists, and three steals, regardless of the Eagles’ exceptional comeback to inside ten factors.

started the sport very positively, with a artful transfer by large man Will Neighbour,
utilizing nice footwork to release house for a straightforward layup.

large Hasahn French replied with a pair of soar photographs to kickstart their
respective scoring marketing campaign.

Cheshire executed a spree of buckets after Marcus Evans efficiently
pickpocketed the ball from Newcastle’s ball handlers and scored on the opposite

away 11 factors earlier than Newcastle may register one other area objective to their
title, Cheshire produced a large lead over the guests, with the rating
sitting 26-13 in Cheshire’s favour.

refused to take their foot off the pedal within the second quarter.

with eight unobstructed factors to widen the hole over Newcastle, veteran guard
Kyle Johnson’s clear soar shot ended Cheshire’s scorching streak.

attribute long-ranged taking pictures skills illuminated to start the second
quarter, placing away a pair of triples to make the scoreline learn 40-18, with
7:31 left to play.

key guards Ben Mockford (early harm) and David Cohn (ejected), Newcastle
fought effectively to remain within the recreation, regardless of their absence.

56-30 on the halftime break, Newcastle appeared to forge a comeback effort.

started effectively to start out the second half of motion, with Gordon and French knocking
down photographs and taking part in some strong defence in opposition to a lightning-fast Cheshire

Eagles then ramped up their defensive stress, forcing the Phoenix to go 5
minutes with out a area objective, forcing Cheshire to attain simply seven factors in
the third quarter.

In the meantime,
a 9-0 run to finish the quarter and an improved taking pictures showcase for the Eagles
catapulted them again into the sport – trailing 63-53, heading into the fourth.

unyielding aspect, the Eagles proved troublesome to include for the Phoenix, who
reshaped after Newcastle’s dominant third quarter exhibiting.

added one other triple to his tally, whereas Michael Ochereobia labored successfully
defending the rim from Eagles’ attacking threats.

Cheshire forward 70-60, and 5:03 left within the recreation, clutch Cheshire guard Marcus
Evans pulled off a glitzy hesitation dribble soar shot from the elbow to
keep the tentative Phoenix lead.

It was then the flip of Austin to wreak havoc for the Phoenix, getting a tricky layup to drop regardless of Newcastle’s devoted defensive effort.

Austin and Evans had been chargeable for 17 of Cheshire’s ultimate 19 factors,
managing to resist Newcastle’s fierce comeback effort.

a last-second soar shot for Evans, the Phoenix had been awarded the victory over
the Eagles, with a ultimate rating of 82-70.

make it 12 wins on the season as they function soundly within the high 5 spots.

For Newcastle, who document their 14th defeat, linger hopefully in ninth, simply shy of playoff rivalry.

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