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Lions, Flyers seal highest-ever finishes in regular season finale

London Lions and Bristol Flyers both recorded their highest-ever league finishes in the BBL on a dramatic final weekend, while DBL Sharks Sheffield claimed the final spot in the Play-Offs.

Atiba Lyons’ side needed one result ahead of the last round of fixtures and secured a top-eight finish in emphatic fashion as they defeated Glasgow Rocks 103-61 on BBC Sport, on Thursday.

“It was exactly the response [to the losing run] we were looking for,” said Lyons.

“The energy was amazing and we were focused from the start.

“Glasgow are such a talented team, but we did a really great job and moved the ball well throughout.”

The Rocks bounced back from that heavy defeat on the road as they locked down fourth spot with a 90-75 victory over Worcester Wolves on Sunday behind 24 points from Gareth Murray.

Worcester had eased their way to a 110-78 success against Cheshire Phoenix, on Friday, with Dallin Bachynski’s 30-point haul, but their defeat in Glasgow opened the door for Bristol Flyers to jump into sixth spot.

Andreas Kapoulas’ side finished strong to beat Leeds Force 76-59 on Friday night before recording an 87-105 win away at Manchester Giants on the final day with Rohndell Goodwin and Mike Vigor combining for 53 points.

London Lions enjoyed a double-winning weekend as they followed up a 97-71 home victory over Manchester with an 85-91 road triumph at Cheshire with Justin Robinson scoring a game-high 25 points.

Second spot was wrapped up prior to their final fixture as Esh Group Eagles Newcastle suffered an agonising 82-81 loss at Surrey Scorchers with Tony Hicks converting a pair of late free throws to extend his side’s win streak at home to 10 games in 2018.

Newcastle had sealed another finish in the top three two days earlier as Jaysean Paige fired in 40 points to lead the Eagles past Plymouth Raiders, 118-78.

“I’m extremely happy for the entire organisation on this accomplishment,” said Paul Guede on Lions’ highest-ever finish.

“A lot of changes happened this season for our team so it wasn’t easy but credit to the organisation as those changes were the right moves in order for this historical finish in the league for the club.”

Leicester Riders closed out their league-winning campaign with two more wins to finish 28-5 after beating Surrey 95-60 at home before easing to a 79-102 victory away at Leeds the next day with Josh Ward-Hibbert firing in 27 points.

Also, Sheffield produced a strong final quarter effort to deny Plymouth a win in their final home game of the season as they picked up an 82-98 victory.

Play-Offs QF:
Riders [1] v Sharks [8]; Lions [2] v Wolves [7]; Eagles [3] v Flyers [6]; Rocks [4] v Scorchers [5]