Riders again into second; Race for eighth heats up and Lions hold rolling


BBL Championship

 Leicester Riders 87-78 Newcastle Eagles (11-23, 39-49, 60-61)
(Riders: Jackson, 29; MacKenzie, 12; Love, 9 — Eagles: Hamlet, 23; Cohn, 20; French/Defoe, 10)

 BBL Championship

 Plymouth Metropolis Patriots 80-85 Caledonia Gladiators (20-19, 43-40, 62-61)
(Patriots: Hassan, 18; Dang Akodo, 16; Bissainthe, 15 — Gladiators: Durham, 24; Alihodzic, 15; Sloan, 14)

BBL Championship

 B.Braun Sheffield Sharks 89-75 Cheshire Phoenix (19-21, 42-35, 62-59)
(Sharks: Ramsey, 21; Nichols, 15; Glasgow Jr., 13 — Phoenix: Austin Jr., 18; Jack, 17; Evans, 16)

BBL Championship

 Manchester Giants 90-96 London Lions (24-31, 45-52, 63-78)
(Giants: Williams, 35; Inexperienced, 21; Roberson, 10 — Lions: Finest, 28; Zubcic/Sharma/Dekker, 11; Nelson, 10 )

Leicester Riders moved into second however have been made to work onerous for his or her 87-78 victory over the Newcastle Eagles on Retro Day on the Morningside Enviornment on Easter Sunday.

Trailing for almost all and by as many as 14 factors, Leicester have been in a position to outscore Newcastle 46-29 within the second half to tug clear within the fourth and heap stress on the Tyneside outfit, who sit outdoors the playoff locations with 4 video games remaining.

Zach Jackson offered a serious spark for the Riders as he led the best way with 29 factors, going a formidable 10/13 from the sector, together with 5 three-pointers.

Javion Hamlet paced Newcastle with 23 factors.

Newcastle acquired off to a strong 5-0 begin, holding the Riders scoreless for greater than two minutes earlier than Jackson acquired a straightforward rating inside, which set the tone for the majority of the sport.

The Eagles didn’t let the rating deter them as David Cohn drilled a 3 from the wing together with free throws from Justin Gordon for a 10-2 lead earlier than Patrick Whelan related from deep himself to slim the hole.

Leicester have been threatening, however the guests stood tall and a 3 on the second try from Hamlet, pressured Riders coach Rob Paternostro right into a timeout to a 21-9 lead with 2:17 left.

Trailing 23-11 after one, the Riders would claw their means again, having the higher of the opening exchanges as Newcastle have been unable to seek out any pleasure with their area aim makes an attempt.

By the 7’3” Aaron Menzies, who precipitated points for the Eagles, Leicester have been in a position to convey it again to 9 till a fadeaway from Cohn and a 3, coming off the display from Ben Mockford restored Eagles double-digit lead at 30-17.

The guests have been in a position to keep a large place, and each time Leicester discovered their groove, Newcastle answered proper again and on the half, they led 49-39.

Fired up for the third, Leicester began on a 7-0 run to slim the hole as Newcastle’s defence was static and Darien Nelson-Henry made it a one-point recreation (51-50) with a hook underneath the basket.

Conceding 11 factors within the first two minutes of the third, Newcastle wanted to stem the bleeding, however the Riders have been on a roll as Jackson gave the hosts a 52-51 lead halfway by way of.

Refusing to throw within the towel, Newcastle utilized stress, shaking off their poor begin to the quarter to complete robust and restore their lead, albeit by some extent entering into to the fourth.

Each groups fought tooth and nail at one another to start out the ultimate quarter, and the physicality was obvious. Cohn hit a chic turnaround adopted by a triple from Evan Walshe to knot the sport at 66-66 early doorways.

It was a case of who may maintain their nerve, and Leicester made their assertion within the halfway stage as an 8-0 run, capped by a jumper off the glass by Jackson, gave the house facet a 74-66 cushion.

Attacking the basket and getting stops, the Eagles made life troublesome for the Riders as a basket underneath immense stress from Hamlet decreased the hole to 74-70.

It was a nervy remaining two minutes for the Riders, however a 3 from Jackson within the nook with 90 seconds left finally sealed the deal.

Caledonia Gladiators made the close to 1000-mile spherical journey worthwhile with a significant 85-80 win over the Plymouth Metropolis Patriots on the Pavilions.

Having made the nine-hour journey by coach, you can forgive Caledonia for beginning sluggish, which they did. Nevertheless, they recovered nicely by benefiting from Plymouth’s personal journey, having performed a bodily encounter at Surrey the evening earlier than.

And with neither staff not pulling away any additional than seven factors till the ultimate quarter, the facet from Glasgow pulled clear late on to enhance their probabilities of a top-four end.

Al Durham paced the winners with 24 factors, taking pictures 63% from the sector and going an ideal 3/3 from three-point vary. Fahro Alihodizic pulled down a quiet double-double of 15 factors and 11 rebounds.

Rashad Hassan shook off a minor knock within the early phases of the primary quarter to guide Plymouth with 18 factors and 11 rebounds.

Regardless of Hassan happening by way of harm however nonetheless enjoying, the Patriots acquired out to a 14-7 lead halfway by way of the primary interval by attending to the basket and discovering holes within the Caledonia defence.

Nevertheless, the Gladiators additionally discovered methods previous the Plymouth partitions as nicely, primarily by way of again door cuts, as two baskets from Alihodzic narrowed the hole, and Durham tied the sport with a nook three at 15-15 with 2:29 left.

The hosts weathered the storm and, because the first-period buzzer went, led 20-19. The Gladiators got here out within the second and took benefit of rushed soar photographs from the Patriots to take a 25-21 lead due to an open mid-range bucket from David Sloan.

The BBL Trophy MVP, Sloan, drained a nook jumper, dropping Jules Dang Akodo within the course of, adopted by a dunk in transition by Jeremiah Bailey to keep up Caledonia’s cushion earlier than Isa Brandon hit a 3 within the nook to tie the sport at 31-31 with 4:45 remaining in a intently contested first half.

However from there, Otis Iyekekpolor got here by way of for the Patriots, hustling for each free ball, inflicting havoc en path to and serving to Plymouth re-establish the benefit that they held on to on the half.

Plymouth then tried to tug away within the a cagey third as a lay-up from Hassan put the hosts in entrance 54-49 with 4:30 left within the quarter.

Caledonia would combat again and regarded set to enter the ultimate interval forward, till Hassan scored on the third quarter buzzer to swing the benefit again to Plymouth.

The Gladiators although have been unfazed and saved up their very own momentum, occurring a 6-0 run to take a 72-67 lead, halfway by way of the fourth.

With time on their facet, Caledonia slowed their offence, a lot to the frustration of the hosts, and a 3 on the high from Princeton Onwas with 2:44 left gave them a 77-69 result in stick the dagger in, for good.

A robust fourth quarter exhibiting propelled the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks to an 89-75 win over the Cheshire Phoenix at Ponds Forge.

With the house facet taking a slim 62-59 lead into the fourth quarter, each groups have been aggressive and constructing their very own momentum in what was set to be an attractive remaining ten minutes.

However Sheffield, who secured their spot alongside the Phoenix within the playoffs on Friday evening burst into the fourth with a 12-2 run to finish their Easter weekend with two wins from two.

Devearl Ramsey led the Sharks with 21 factors, seven rebounds and three steals supported by 15 from Kipper Nichols.

After buying and selling three-pointers to start out, the guests – by way of Larry Austin Jr – would safe a 9-5 benefit in a low-scoring first 4 minutes, however Sheffield would chop the hole.

Regardless of the Sharks makes an attempt, the Phoenix saved on pushing and took a slender 21-19 lead heading into the second quarter when the hosts hit again with a 6-0 run to swing issues the take a 25-23 cushion early on.

And thru Rodney Glasgow Jr., the Sharks saved the lead going into the half, entering into entrance 42-35.

However Cheshire, who nonetheless trailed by six half-way by way of the third sparked again into life as Marcus Evans drained fast three-pointers to provide his facet a 53-52 benefit with 4:13 left.

Nevertheless, Sheffield fought again once more, in a recurring theme of the sport with an 8-0 run to take a 60-53 cushion and held on to guide by three going into the ultimate quarter.

From there, a game-changing 12-2 run put them within the clear, for good.

Austin Jr. led the cost for the Phoenix with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double.

BBL Championship winners London Lions saved continued their march to the post-season with a 96-90 win over the Manchester Giants on the Nationwide Basketball Efficiency Centre.

With the league wrapped up, the Lions produced a blinding all-around exhibiting towards a gifted Manchester facet from begin to end.

Giants have been in a position to produce a last-ditch 9-3 run due to former Lion Dirk Williams to make it shut, however London would see the clock out.

In a three-point shootout, that noticed a complete of twenty-two related, Aaron Finest hit six on his strategy to 28 factors with Williams going 7/13 from deep on his strategy to a game-high 35 for the hosts, whereas additionally grabbing 11 boards.

Recognized for his or her high-intensity recreation, Manchester could be introduced all the way down to earth firstly as a Finest triple gave the Lions a 13-8 lead however each groups have been scrappy and never in a position to execute their offences like followers have seen all through the season.

The Giants hit again however London would take a seven-point lead going into the second quarter, which they prolonged to 37-27 due to a jumper from Sam Dekker, who continues his comeback from harm.

Lions would maintain their double-digit cushion for almost all of the interval till Nick Lewis drained a 3 from past half-court on the buzzer to convey the Belle Vie crowd to its toes to slim the hole to 52-45.

Unaffected, the Lions confirmed their champion mentality and remained targeted on the duty at hand as a 6-0 run prolonged their benefit to 69-51 with 5:39 left within the third.

Main by as many as 21 factors, London settled for a 78-63 lead after three, and have been in a position to see out the fourth quarter to wrap up the Easter Sunday motion.

London head again to 7Days EuroCup motion this week as they journey to Barcelona to face Joventut Badalona, whereas Cheshire Phoenix host Surrey Scorchers on an thrilling Wednesday evening.



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