BBL Cup, Group 1
Bristol Flyers 54-69 Plymouth Raiders (19-15, 30-31, 42-53)
(Flyers – Delpeche 12, Lockett 12, Copeland 10; Raiders – Neighbour 18, Hamilton 14, Ibeh 11)
BBL Cup, Group 3
Newcastle Eagles 82-88 Leicester Riders (20-20, 38-43, 62-61)
(Eagles – Pflueger 21, Maxwell 15, Gordon 13; Riders – Crandall 22, Jackson 19, Nelson-Henry 13)
BBL Cup, Group 3
London Lions 88-73 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (29-18, 55-36, 72-63)
(Lions – Liggins 32, Ware 17, Robinson 12; Sharks – Lillard 16, Nichols 16, Koch 13)
There were three grudge matches in the busiest night of BBL action so far this season, as BBL Cup Group 3 was blown wide open with victories for the previously winless Leicester Riders and London Lions; while Plymouth Raiders opened their campaign with a South-West derby win.
Riders bounced back from a home defeat at the hands of Newcastle Eagles by returning the favour, winning 88-82 at the Eagles Community Arena as Geno Crandall hit 20 points, and William Lee did a bit of everything with 10 points – including three emphatic dunks – eight rebounds and five assists.
After a tight game throughout, the game was won when Crandall sparked a 9-2 burst midway through the fourth quarter, establishing a double-figure lead at 85-75 inside the final two minutes.
Elsewhere in that group, London Lions bounced back from consecutive defeats by gaining revenge over B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, winning 88-73 at the Copper Box Arena.
Former NBA star DeAndre Liggins was unstoppable in this one, scoring 32 points on 7-11 shooting from beyond the three-point line as Lions dominated over the first quarter break. They hit a 16-2 surge in which Kevin Ware scored six in a row to establish a 20 point lead that was only once trimmed to single figures.
Finally, in Group 1, the first game played in anger was a South West derby in which Plymouth Raiders prevailed 69-54 over Bristol Flyers. Raiders opened the third quarter on a 13-2 run to lead by double-figures as Elvisi Dusha and Will Neighbour hit consecutive threes, the latter leading their scoring on the night with 18.