Phoenix & Sharks Win in the North, Royals & Flyers Down South

BBL Cup, North Group

Leicester Riders 58-66 Cheshire Phoenix (15-24, 34-37, 44-51)

(Riders – Wright 15, Anderson 11, Thomson 11; Phoenix – Mockford 20, Hayes 15, Sayers 12)

B Braun Sheffield Sharks 84-68 Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks (24-25, 51-40, 68-56)

(Sharks – McKnight 22, Lewis 19, Koch 16; Rocks – Pepper 26, Murray 15, Pryor)

BBL Cup, South Group

Bristol Flyers 92-72 Plymouth Raiders (22-10, 40-26, 67-49)

(Flyers – F.Thomas 18, Champion 14, Edozie 14; Raiders – Wilcher 15, Hassan 13, Ubiaro 13)

Worcester Wolves 65-67 London City Royals (21-24, 31-37, 44-57)

(Wolves – Josephs 20, May-Thompson 11; Royals – Scott 27, Jackman 13

Another busy Friday night in the BBL Cup has seen action across both the North and South groups. In the North, the group was blown wide open with big wins for Cheshire Phoenix and B Braun Sheffield Sharks, while in the South London City Royals remain the only unbeaten team in the competition.

Phoenix recorded their first win of the campaign on the road at Leicester Riders, controlling the game from the outset as new boy Ben Mockford hit four three-pointers on his way to 20 points, inflicting a second consecutive home defeat on Riders.

Elsewhere, Sheffield continued to dominate on their home floor as they ran out 84-68 victors against Glasgow after a big second quarter run gave them control, led by 22 points on 72% shooting from Mackey McKnight, with backcourt partner Nick Lewis hitting 19.

In the BBL Cup South Group two games took place seeing the Bristol Flyers and London City Royals take wins. A big 20 point win at home for the Bristol Flyers against the Raiders (92-72) rallying behind an impressive 18 points and four assists from Fred Thomas leading them to a well deserved win.

The Royals are now the only team left unbeaten in the whole competition as they beat the Wolves away in a close affair ending in the Royals taking a two point win. Matt Scott recorded 27 points four rebounds and three assists in the win but was closely challenged by Wolves Point Guard Kofi Josephs who tallied 20 points and six rebounds.