BBL Cup, Group 3
London Lions 98-89 Leicester Riders (25-12, 45-40, 77-67, 98-89)
(Lions – Liggins 26, Williams 20, Robinson 19; Riders – Crandall 18, Johnson 17, Jackson 17)
BBL Cup, Group 1
Plymouth Raiders 98-62 Surrey Scorchers (17-15, 41-28, 74-41, 98-62)
(Raiders – Sentance 22, Ibeh 19, Porter-Bunton 15; Scorchers – Hassan 15, Ogedengbe 13, Walshe 11)
BBL Cup, Group 2
Cheshire Phoenix 73-86 Glasgow Rocks (15-25, 32-39, 58-65, 73-86)
(Phoenix – McCall 23, Rolls-Tyson 18, Hayes 16; Rocks – Van Sauers 19, Kewdi 19, Malcolm 17)
The London Lions and Glasgow Rocks confirmed their places in the knockout stages of this year’s BBL Cup on Sunday, whilst Plymouth Raiders improved their group standings with a convincing win over Surry Scorchers.
The Lions exacted revenge over the Riders with an impressive 98-89 victory in a thrilling encounter, whereas the Rocks picked up their second victory over the Phoenix in the space of a week, running out 73-86 winners in an assured performance. The Raiders, who had already qualified prior to today’s games, breezed past the Scorchers in a convincing 98-62 victory.
The day’s action kicked off with an enthralling encounter in London, where the Lions raced into an early first-quarter lead and fought off a spirited Riders side off the back of another impressive showing for Deandre Liggins. Liggins’ 28 points led all scorers as the Lions shot an impressive 58% from three-point range.
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As the Lions and Riders fought a close battle, the Raiders raced into a massive lead against the Scorchers and were over 30 points clear by the end of the third quarter. The Raiders took advantage of their opponents’ shooting troubles in a great team performance capped by Elliot Sentence’s 22 points off the bench.
The Rocks came up against a depleted Phoenix side and turned in another good performance which saw all five starters reach double figures in point scoring, led by a huge double-double from Julius Van Sauers as coach Gareth Murray suited up for the first time this season.
As the picture for this year’s knockout stages starts to become a bit clearer, the Lions and Rocks will be glad to confirm their places in impressive showings in what was an enthralling day of BBL action.