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Eagles bounce back and Wolves edge Giants

BBL Championship

Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks 76-80 Newcastle Eagles (16-21, 43-38, 59-66)
(Rocks – Fraser 24, Thorpe 13, Pryor 10; Eagles – Fletcher 26, Gettys 20, Defoe 17)

Manchester Giants 76-79 Worcester Wolves (20-16, 36-35, 52-54)
(Giants – J. Jones 16, Bankevics 12, Dickerson 12; Wolves – Josephs 24, May-Thompson 12, Hughes 12)

Newcastle Eagles bounced back from their Friday night defeat whilst Worcester Wolves just managed to edge Manchester Giants in Sunday evening action.

Having fallen to B. Braun Sheffield Sharks by 23 points on Friday, the Eagles managed to pick up a big away win over Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks, 76-80, despite a last minute resurgence from the Rocks.

The Toon side led by eight with two minutes remaining in the final period but point-guard Greg Pryor suddenly exploded on a 6-0 run bringing Rocks just two points behind with under a minute remaining. However a two point lay up from Newcastle captain Darius Defoe, and two missed opportunities for baskets from the Rocks, managed to seal the game for the away side.

CJ Gettys continued to prove himself to be an MVP for his new team Newcastle, as he picked up a double-double of 20 points and a whopping 20 rebounds. Rahmon Fletcher also led his team in scoring with 26 points.

Manchester Giants met with Worcester Wolves for the first time this season and were hoping to secure their first Championship win of the season and came ever so close to accomplishing that, falling to the Wolfpack by just two points, 76-79.

Despite powerful plays from Manchester’s top scorer James Jones, who was able to secure himself a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, it just wasn’t enough to give the Mancunian side the win they were so desperately hoping for.

Worcester’s Kofi Josephs, Raheem May-Thompson and Mark Hughes combined for 48 points for the team’s victory, whilst Cortez Edwards’ seven assists also proved valuable.

The B. Braun Sheffield Sharks and Leicester Riders game was unfortunately postponed due to court issues and will be replayed at a later date.