BBL Trophy, Semi-Final (First Leg)
Team Solent Kestrels 103-68 Bristol Flyers (30-22, 51-43, 71-53)
(Kestrels – Smith 29, Scarlett 18, Wright 14; Flyers – Thomas-Edwards 17, Bradley 16, Edozie 9)
London Lions 94-78 Cheshire Phoenix (26-15, 44-29, 72-56)
(Lions – Robinson 19, Soko 16, Tuach 16; Phoenix – Flannigan 27, Sayers 14, Hayes 12)
In midweek action, National Basketball League Division 1 side Team Solent Kestrels went through the century to put one foot in the BBL Trophy Final at Emirates Arena, while league-leading London Lions got back to winning ways in the BBL Championship.
Kestrels – who remain unbeaten in all competitions since February last year – hosted Bristol Flyers in the first leg of their semi-final clash and dominated the game from tip-to-buzzer as they ran out 103-67 victors behind 29 points from Ian Smith on 10-12 shooting.
Kestrels led 12-2 after three minutes and never looked back, with Smith hitting his first eight shots as they shot 61% from three-point range in the first half, leading 51-43.
But it was a dominant 30-14 fourth quarter that has put them in a commanding position ahead of Sunday’s second leg, as Chris Scarlett opened the final period with a stunning four straight three-pointers, hitting 18 points in 11 minutes off the bench.
Meanwhile, London Lions are back on top of the BBL Championship after beating Cheshire Phoenix 94-78 at the Copper Box Arena.
Justin Robinson scored 19 points, while Buay Tuach had a perfect shooting night – hitting all seven of his shots – en route to 16 points, matched by Ovie Soko.
Lions came in on the back of two previous defeats, but made it five straight home wins after winning the opening quarter 26-15 when Captain Joe Ikhinmwin came from the bench to hit five points in a row. The game was tight thereafter, but Lions had enough to see off their visitors, who got to within eight down the stretch.