Cheshire Phoenix 74-84 Manchester Giants (13-27, 39-42, 59-62, 74-84)
(Phoenix – J.Lull 23, K.Ross 13, S.Mouliom 11; Giants – B.Brady 18, A.Ouandie 17, J.Whelan 14)
London Lions 109-89 Newcastle Eagles (29-22, 59-36, 81-63, 109-89)
(Lions – C.Tawiah 26, D.Williams 24, F.Alihodzic 14; Eagles – E.Maxwell 23, C.Edwards 19, J.Gordon 17)
Worcester Wolves 83-77 Glasgow Rocks (29-20, 49-35, 69-56, 83-77)
(Wolves – M.Bryan Amaning 21, J.Williams 18, B.Anderson 17; Rocks – C.Keeling 20, I.Brandon 14, R.Delph 13)
The Manchester Giants beat rivals Cheshire Phoenix for the third time in the 2020/21 season, with star man Breaon Brady putting on a show for the TV cameras, dropping 18 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in an exceptional double-double performance.
All five starters for the Giants reached double-figures for scoring, while the returning big David Ulph impressed off the bench, grabbing nine rebounds and scoring nine points too.
In-form Jimbo Lull only really got going in the second quarter for the Cheshire Phoenix, but after his third bucket, the points kept coming from him as he led the game in scoring with 23 – but his and the rest of the Nix’ efforts were in vein as the Giants took the win back to Manchester.
The next game of the evening saw the London Lions shock the Newcastle Eagles – beating the Geordie side by a whole 20 points as center Chris Tawiah dropped a career-high of 26 points in what was a dominating and ruthless performance.
Dirk Williams also dropped huge numbers, scoring 24 for the Lions, while Fahro Alihodzic and Kevin Ware both played big roles too off the bench – keeping in mind that the Lions play again tomorrow.
There was a rare bad-day at the office by Rahmon Fletcher’s standards, as the Eagles star failed to get into double-digits for scoring or assists, but Evan Maxwell’s 23 points, Cortez Edwards 19 points, and Justin Gordon’s 17 points almost pulled the Eagles back within touching distance – but at the end the Lions’ quality proved just too much.
Meanwhile in the final game of the evening, the Worcester Wolves edged past the Glasgow Rocks in what turned out to be a tight contest, after the Rocks kept trying to peg the Wolves back – with new man Christian Keeling putting up an impressive performance with 20 points and six assists to his name.
But it was experienced star Matthew Bryan-Amaning that led the game in scoring, dropping 21 points, but Jordan Williams’ 18 points and Brandon Anderson’s 17 meant that it was by no means a solo mission.
Keeling was joined by Isa Brandon, Ronald Delph and Boban Jacdonmi in reaching double figures for scoring – and despite the defeat, there were plenty of encouraging signs on show ahead of their game with the London Lions tomorrow.
The results tonight leave the Lions at the top of the Championship, just above the Newcastle Eagles in second who have one less win, while the Manchester Giants have risen to 5th and the Worcester Wolves to 8th.