Bristol Flyers 66-75 London Lions (21-27, 42-42, 55-63)
(Flyers – Bradley 28, Delpeche 10, Thomas 10; Lions – Robinson 14, Peel 14, Tew 12)
Worcester Wolves 116-91 Plymouth Raiders (22-20, 54-46, 88-67)
(Wolves- Josephs 26, Hughes 19, Edwards 18; Raiders – Scott 25, Hassan 18, Wilcher 13)
Leicester Riders 101-63 Newcastle Eagles (26-16, 49-34, 71-52)
(Riders – Wright 29, Nelson-Henry 19, Ward-Hibbert 18; Eagles – Aded-Hussein 16, Fletcher 14, Defoe 13)
League leaders London Lions extended their run at the top of the BBL Championship standings Friday night, whilst Leicester Riders and Worcester Wolves managed to drop triple digit home wins.
Having suffered a difficult couple weeks since their Cup Final defeat, Bristol Flyers were determined to bounce back and they gave the current BBL Champions a run for their money, with Lions just managing to hold off the home side to emerge 66-75 victors.
The contest was deeply competitive, as both teams went into half-time tied 42-a-piece until Lions were just able to edge the Flyers in the final minutes of the third quarter to give themselves an eight point lead going into the final period. Flyers battled back and with just over four minutes to go to the buzzer, Flyers found themselves one-point behind.
But the Flyers offense began to fatigue, and before they knew it, Lions had countered with an 8-0 run to seal the game for the champions.
Meanwhile, Leicester Riders managed to pick up their biggest win ever against Newcastle Eagles, 101-63.
Without their star shooter, and recent back-to-back Player of the Month winner, CJ Gettys, the Eagles struggled; shooting 30% from inside the arc, and 20% out of it and Riders made sure to capitalise.
Namon Wright led the Riders with 29 points whilst Josh Ward-Hibbert picked up a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kyron Cartwright and Jordan Spencer also shared the Valentine’s Day love, by dishing out a combined 22 assists, putting Riders on a four-game win streak.
And Worcester Wolves managed to pick up a big home win for themselves against Plymouth Raiders, 116-91.
Top scorer Kofi Josephs dropped 31 points for his side, whilst Mark Hughes added 29 himself, and Cortez Edwards came just two stats off a triple-double performance, finishing with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.