Raiders end losing run, Riders extend lead at the top

Plymouth Raiders re-ignited their Play-Off hopes with a first league win since November, while the gap at the top of the BBL Championship grew over the weekend.

Gavin Love’s Raiders edged out DBL Sharks Sheffield 85-80 behind an impressive all-round display from Kinu Rochford with 15 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks in the win.

“It feels good to get that win and hopefully we can get on a streak now,” said Will Neighbour.

“We’ve been struggling, but Gavin has re-energised the team so now we are looking for it to continue.”

The Sharks had beaten recent Cup champions Cheshire Phoenix 83-79 on Friday night with 27 points for Chris Alexander helping his side hold on for the win.

Leicester opened their weekend with a 76-81 success at Worcester Wolves as Tyler Bernardini poured in 25 points before the league leaders eased to a follow up 92-58 victory over Manchester Giants.

It would be the first of two losses against the top two for the Giants as they also suffered a 60-97 loss at home to Esh Group Eagles Newcastle with Fab Flournoy’s side bouncing back from a home defeat of their own on Friday.

Paul Guede stepped up with 22 points in an 82-85 success for London Lions as they battled to victory in the absence of Justin Robinson.

“The game was extremely competitive from start to finish and played at a high level,” he said.

“Justin is a big part of our team and one of the best players in the league, but to get this win without him on the floor as our general made it that much special.”

Glasgow Rocks strengthened their grip on third spot with an 84-79 victory against Bristol Flyers on BBC Sport with double-doubles for Ali Fraser and Earl Brown in the win.

Also, Worcester recovered from Friday’s home loss as Brandon Parrish put up 27 points in a comfortable 76-101 win away at Leeds Force to round out the weekend.