B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 57-67 Cheshire Phoenix (19-19,33-34, 48-45)
(Sharks – Lillard 18, Ratinho 15, Nichols 8; Phoenix – Ross 19, Hayes 14, Bryan-Amaning 11)
Manchester Giants 77-91 Leicester Riders (23-20, 40-41, 56-64)
(Giants – Ouandie 20, Satchell 17, Cassell Jr 12; Riders – Johnson 24, Crandall 21, Nelson-Henry 12)
Cheshire Phoenix and Leicester Riders both secured away wins in an exciting evening of BBL action.
The first game of the day saw B. Braun Sheffield Sharks host Cheshire Phoenix. The game was tight throughout with neither side able to gain a substantial advantage. The game was tied at 19-19 after the first and there was just 1 point in it going into the break. The game had been tied 7 times before the first half ended.
Sharks went into the last quarter with a narrow 3-point lead, but it would be Phoenix that kicked on to win by 10 points. Kahlon Ross led the scoring with a double double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. It was also a special afternoon for Phoenix Captain Jalen Hayes who scored his 1000th point in the British Basketball League, finishing with 14.
For the hosts, Antwon Lillard was the star man with 18 points and 12 points in a double double performance of his own but it would not be enough for his side in a tight encounter. Jordan Rathino also had a good game contributing 15 points and 8 rebounds.
In the second game of the day Leicester Riders visited Manchester Giants and went home 91-77 winners. Much like the first game of the day the first half was very close with the sides unable to be separated. Riders lead by 1 point at half time with the score at 40-41.
Riders pulled away from Giants in the third quarter and went into the final quarter of the game with a healthy 8-point lead. A lead they extended as they comfortably played the game out. Corey Johnson had a game high 24 points for the visitors while the ever-reliable Geno Crandall supplied his team with 21 points and 8 assists.
For Giants, Alex Ouandie led their scoring with 20 points however the Giants would suffer their ninth loss of the season. For Riders, the result sees them extend their lead at the top of the BBL Championship, having played 14 games with just one loss.