BBL Cup, South Group
Surrey Scorchers 65-57 Plymouth City Patriots (20-17, 42-34, 50-50)
(Scorchers – Davis Jr 18, Mclemore 14, Hamrick 12; Patriots – Ubiaro 15, Hart 14, Shelton 14)
BBL Cup, South Group
Bristol Flyers 80-90 London Lions (16-25, 31-53,53-68)
(Flyers – Miller 19, Delpeche 18, Simmons 15; Lions –Williams 21, Reese 18, Washburn 13)
Surrey Scorchers edged out Plymouth City Patriots and London Lions beat Bristol Flyers in Saturday nights BBL Cup South Group action.
In the evening’s early tip-off Plymouth City Patriots travelled to Surrey Scorchers with both teams searching for their first win of the season. The game got off to a tight start with Scorchers just edging ahead, as they led 20-17 after the first quarter.
Scorchers would create some daylight between themselves and their opponents in the second quarter. 14 points before halftime for Stanley Davis Jr gave Scorchers a 42-34 lead going into the break.
Patriots came out a better side in the second half, limiting Scorchers to just eight points in the third quarter whilst adding 15 points themselves to tie the game 50-50 and set up a tense final quarter.
Scorchers came out on top in a low scoring cagey last quarter that saw just 22 combined points scored to win 65-57 and pick up their first win of the 2021-22 BBL Cup. Stanley Davis Jr led the scoring for Scorchers with 18 points, narrowly missing out on a double-double with 9 assists. Denzel Ubiaro stood out for Patriots with 15 points.
Bristol Flyers hosted London Lions in the evenings second game with the away side picking up a deserved 90-80 win. The victory was Lions third in a row as they maintained their perfect start to the season. The loss was Flyers first of the campaign, having won their opening two matches.
Lions got off to a quick start. They led by nine after the first quarter, scoring 25 points and limiting flyers to 16. They added another 28 in the second quarter thanks to a flurry of three-pointers. The travelling side opened up a lead of 22 points by half-time, going into the break 53-31 up.
Flyers had a much better second half and won the third quarter 22-15, narrowing Lions lead to 15 points going into the final quarter. The home side also won the final quarter, adding 27 to their score with game thrfinishing 90-80 in Lion’s favour.
Dirk Williams finished with a game-high 21 points for London while Mike Miller had a good game for Flyers, contributing 19 points and four assists.