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Lions Remain Perfect, Eagles pick up first win

BBL Cup, South Group
Bristol Flyers 67 – 75 Leicester Riders (16-20, 36-39, 55-60)

(Flyers – Delpeche 18, Evans 17, Miller 10; Riders – Crandall 13, Jackson 13, Loving 12)

BBL Cup, South Group
London Lions 88 – 73 Surrey Scorchers (29-15, 52-29, 63-50)

(Lions – D. Williams 20, Reese 16, Washburn 15; Scorchers – Hamrick 18, Davis Jr. 15, Lawrence 11)

BBL Cup, North Group
B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 68 – 85 Manchester Giants (18-16, 38-39, 50-64)

(Sharks – Anderson 19, Williams 12, Delpeche 10; Giants – Clark 20, McKnight 18, Steel 13)

BBL Cup, North Group
Newcastle Eagles 94 – 74 Cheshire Phoenix (27-14, 45-32, 63-55)

(Eagles – Defoe 19, Person Jr. 16, Williams 16; Phoenix – Wright 19, Bradley 17, Dang-Akodo 13)

A busy Friday night of BBL Cup group stage action has resulted in London Lions gaining a bit of daylight in the South, while Manchester Giants topped a tight North Group, in which Newcastle Eagles also picked up their first win of the season.

Lions remain perfect in the Cup, now 4-0 after an 88-73 defeat of Surrey Scorchers at the Copper Box Arena, Isaiah Reese leading the way with a big double-double of 16 points and 14 assists.

Lions were dominant from the off and raced into a 13-2 lead after an early Chris Tawiah dunk and a triple from Dirk Williams – one of his four as he led all scorers on 20 points. They never trailed thereafter and saw the lead reach 52-29 by the half as Lorenzo Cugini came from the bench to hit a pair of three-pointers, including a buzzer-beater.

Elsewhere in the South, Leicester Riders avenged a previous defeat to Bristol Flyers with a hard-fought 75-67 road win, Geno Crandall and Zach Jackson scoring 13 each, while Mo Walker came from the bench to make a huge impact by grabbing 12 rebounds.

Riders led by as much as 15 in the first half, only to see the hosts eat into that advantage and come all the way back to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter on a Trejon Jacob score.

But the league champions showed their poise, and Marc Loving hit a corner three on the very next possession to restore the lead before Walker grabbed an offensive board and put-back soon after to spark a 9-0 burst that settled the contest.

Meanwhile, in the North, Manchester Giants moved to 3-1 and now top the tightly-contested group outright after an 85-68 defeat of B. Braun Sheffield Sharks at Ponds Forge, GB Captain Dan Clark coming close to a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

After a tight first half, Tyrik Armstrong beat the halftime buzzer to put Giants up by one and swing the momentum in the game. They then used a 25-12 third quarter to win it, as Clark hit three early three-pointers in succession before they hit a 12-1 finish to the stanza in which Martaveous McKnight scored six on his way to 19 points.

There was no way back for the Sharks, who now slip to 2-2 in the group alongside both Cheshire Phoenix and Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks on the same record.

The other team in that group, the reigning BBL Cup champions Newcastle Eagles, got their first win of this campaign at the fourth time of asking with a comfortable 94-74 defeat of the Phoenix at Vertu Motors Arena, as both Rahmon Fletcher (13 points and 14 assists) and Darius Defoe (19 points and 10 rebounds) finished with double-doubles.

After Eagles started fast, Cheshire got back to within one shot in the third period until Wesley Person Jr. hit back-to-back three-pointers en route to 16 points off the bench. Newcastle then poured in 31 fourth quarter points to win it by double-figures, as Kyle Williams hit all of the points in an early 9-0 surge that put them 72-57 in front.

Six of these teams are back in action when the BBL Cup group stages continue on Sunday.