Leicester Riders 83-76 London Lions (20-10, 44-30, 56-53)
(Riders – Johnson 18, Wright 17, Nelson-Henry 12; Lions – Soko 21, Dang Akodo 11, Peel 11)
Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks 67-76 Plymouth Raiders (17-23, 32-42, 55-52)
(Rocks – Fraser 20, Murray 14, Pryor 9; Raiders – Smith 17, Wilcher 13, Ubiaro 12)
Worcester Wolves 77-72 Newcastle Eagles (17-19, 39-44, 62-60)
(Wolves – J. Williams 18, Josephs 14, Edwards 14; Eagles – Gettys 22, Fletcher 17, Morsell 13)
B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 81-76 Surrey Scorchers (24-17, 42-37, 58-52)
(Sharks – Cashaw 20, Marsden 14, McKnight 12; Scorchers – Cook 18, White 17, Payne 14)
The top three teams in the BBL Championship were all toppled Friday night, continuing to prove the 2019-20 season to be probably the most unpredictable season yet.
League leaders London Lions fell to Leicester Riders 83-76 in front of a sell-out crowd at Morningside Arena.
Riders had worked up a 14-point lead by half-time but Lions opened the third quarter going 12-5 within the first five minutes of the quarter, bringing them right back into the game, eventually trailing by just three as they entered the final period.
Less than two minutes remaining in the game, the current league champions Lions had narrowed Rider’s lead to just four points, but Corey Johnson picked up seven additional points for his side, enabling the Riders to hold off Lions until the final buzzer.
Plymouth Raiders upset second place Raddison Red Glasgow Rocks as they picked up their first win in the BBL Championship, 67-76.
Despite a worthy comeback attempt in in the third quarter by the Glaswegian side, Plymouth managed to keep the pressure and control of the game.
Backed by a double-double performance from new signing Will Neighbour, 12 points and 11 rebounds, and a 13 point and nine rebound tally from Josh Wilcher, the Raiders were able to hold on to the lead and bring to an end their winless record.
Coming off the momentum of securing their first ever BBL Cup Final victory on Sunday, Worcester Wolves turned their attention back to the Championship and managed to pick up a big home win over third place Newcastle Eagles, 77-72.
Cup Final MVP Amir Williams continued to showcase his skills, picking up a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Williams also picked up a double-double for himself, leading his Wolfpack with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
And B. Braun Sheffield Sharks managed to pick up a home victory over Surrey Scorchers, 81-76, with Connor Cashaw stepping up and recording 20 points and nine rebounds to lead his team to victory.
A close fourth quarter saw Surrey making some big clutch plays but it all came down to one shot from Sharks veteran Mike Tuck to give the home side the momentum to push to the end.
New Surrey signing Matthew Bryan-Amaning also made his debut, coming off the bench for 10 points and five rebounds.