Phoenix keep post-season hopes alive, Wolves enjoy double-winning weekend

Cheshire Phoenix kept their post-season hopes alive with a dramatic 100-97 victory over Bristol Flyers live on BBC Sport on Friday evening.

Malcolm Riley hit the stunning game-winner, while CJ Gettys had a huge game with 32 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists in the much-needed victory for the home side.

“I had just turned the ball over and I knew it was a big shot – as soon as it left my hand i knew it was going in,” Riley declared. “It was crazy, it was a surreal moment.”

Meanwhile, Worcester Wolves found their form with a double-winning weekend against two sides in the top three as they eased to an 87-65 win over Esh Group Eagles Newcastle before beating London Lions 77-86.

George Beamon fired in 28 points in Friday’s victory over the Eagles before the Wolves produced a strong finish to see off the Lions on the road as they move up into sixth place.

“I’m very proud of our performances this weekend with two big victories, going 2-0,” declared Beamon.

“Playing against two great teams, everyone stepped up and did their job for us.

“Momentum heading into the playoffs is hugely important which is why we already got ourselves into that mode and need to keep it going.”

Surrey Scorchers took their win streak at home in 2018 to eight straight victories with a 95-82 success against Plymouth Raiders behind a 27-point haul from Tony Hicks.

The Raiders were looking to complete a weekend double having earned an 82-87 triumph at Manchester Giants two days earlier with Joonas Jarvelainen netting 28 points.

Manchester then fell to their second agonising defeat at home as they went down 82-86 against Glasgow Rocks with Nate Britt leading the way for the visitors with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, while Earl Brown scored 22 to pass 1000 for his BBL Championship career.

Also on Friday, London had won their eighth game in a row after an emphatic 44-126 victory on the road against Leeds Force.

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