BBL Trophy, First Round
Bristol Flyers 95-82 Leicester Riders (29-18, 47-43, 70-66)
(Flyers – G. Thomas 30, F. Thomas 27, Thomas-Edwards 16; Riders – Cartwright 20, Nelson-Henry 20, Anderson 9)
Plymouth Raiders 82-91 London Lions (23-20, 43-54, 64-73)
(Raiders – Johnson 17, Mvouika 17, Ubiaro 13; Lions – Soko 21, Robinson 20, Ikhinmwin 14)
Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks 92-53 Manchester Giants (26-17, 47-33, 69-39)
(Rocks – Thorpe 23, Vinson 17, Fraser 15; Giants – Argues 25, Bankevics 11, Jones 8)
Worcester Wolves 79-65 Cheshire Phoenix (25-14, 42-29, 60-43)
(Wolves – May-Thompson 23, Williams, 16, Edwards 16; Phoenix – Jackson-Cartwright 13, Mockford 12, Sayers 11)
Bristol Flyers claimed the remaining Trophy Quarter Final spot Friday, whilst BBL Championship action resumed after a week’s break.
Bristol sent visitors Leicester Riders home early in the BBL Trophy, picking up a 95-82 First Round win, setting up a Quarter Final clash with current Trophy champions London City Royals.
The two Thomas’ were on fire tonight, as Gentrey Thomas came just one stat away from a double-double, and led his team with 30 points, 18 of which were picked up in the first quarter alone. His teammate Fred Thomas was also vital in Bristol’s Trophy victory as he posted 27 points himself.
In the Championship, London Lions extended their top-of-the-table lead after overcoming Plymouth Raiders 82-91.
Love Island and GB International Ovie Soko continued to prove himself a vital asset for the Lions as he picked up his second double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. League MVP Justin Robinson also picked up an additional 20 points and Brandon Peel tallied a game-high 12 rebounds.
Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks continued their impressive record in the Championship, defeating Manchester Giants 92-53, and continuing to apply pressure to the Lions’ lead at the top.
Newbies Dante Thorpe and Terrell Vinson continued to impress also, emerging as the two highest scorers for the Rocks, combining for 40 points.
Worcester Wolves picked up their fourth consecutive Championship win and extended the gap between them and Cheshire Phoenix after picking up a home win over the Nix, 79-65.
Raheem May-Thompson stepped up for his team, dropping a game-high 23 points, along with Mark Hughes and Cortez Edwards adding some impressive numbers. Hughes tallied a 14 point and 11 rebound double-double whilst Edwards chalked a triple-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.