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Riders pick up huge victory against Patriots as Lions, Rocks and Phoenix all win

BBL Cup, South Group
Plymouth City Patriots 58-109 Leicester Riders (15-26, 30-55, 42-81)
(Patriots – Ubiaro 22, King 10, Hart 9; Riders – Jackson 25, Crandall 17, Whelan 15)

BBL Cup, South Group
London Lions 94-85 Bristol Flyers (19-22, 34-45, 63-61)
(Lions – Williams 28, Reese 19, Washburn 12; Flyers – Evans 26, Delpeche 18, Miller 17)

BBL Cup, North Group
Manchester Giants 83-90 Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks (20-21, 44-47, 64-67)
(Giants – McKnight 27, Steel 14, Anderson 11; Rocks – Hillsman 18, Johnson 15, Murray 14)

BBL Cup, North Group
Cheshire Phoenix 85-78 B.Braun Sheffield Sharks (14-21, 28-34, 54-57)
(Phoenix – Wright 21, Bradley 20, Dickerson 12; Sharks – Williams 20, Nichols 17, Ratinho 13)

Leicester Riders put in a dominant showing on a busy day of BBL Cup action, whilst London Lions maintained their perfect start to the season and there were big wins for Glasgow Rocks and Cheshire Phoenix.

The Riders hit triple digits in a huge performance against Plymouth City Patriots, and huge fourth quarter performances from the Lions, Rocks and Phoenix capped off an entertaining Sunday.

The day’s action tipped off in Plymouth with the Riders looking to follow up on Friday’s impressive away win over Bristol, whilst Plymouth were looking for their first win of the season.

The Riders flew out the gates and held Plymouth to only 30 first half points. They carried that momentum into the second and dominated the Patriots in another convincing away showing.

Zach Jackson led all scorers with 25 points whilst Geno Crandall added 17 points to go with eight rebounds in another impressive Riders performance.

In the day’s other game from the South Group the Lions tightened their grip at the top of the standings as they made it a perfect five from five. That record looked to be under threat as Bristol Flyers raced into an 11-point lead at half-time, however a huge second half display from the Lions ensured they would keep their 100% record.

The game was tied with just over a minute remaining in the ballgame, however some personal runs from Isaiah Reece and Julian Washburn, who finished the game with a double double, secured a big win for the Lions.

Washburn finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds whilst Dirk Williams added 28 points on an impressive 11-15 shooting.

Attentions then turned to the North as Glasgow edged a tight affair with Manchester Giants after a huge final quarter push. The Giants went into the game top of the North Group as they looked to make it four wins from five.

They came up against a Rocks side who knew they would go level on points with the Giants if they took the win in Manchester, and after a gritty three periods they edged the final quarter to pick up a big away win.

Five Rocks players ended the game in double figures for points, with Jaycee Hillsman racking up 18 points and 13 rebounds in a dominant showing for Glasgow.

In the day’s final game Cheshire Phoenix ensured they would be joining the Rocks and the Giants at the top of the standings with a big second half performance against Sheffield Sharks.

The Sharks started the brighter of the sides and built an early lead going into half-time, however Cheshire found their footing offensively in the second half and led by Namon Wright’s 21 points ensured they would end the weekend at the right end of the table.

Jonathon Williams had an impressive showing for the Sharks with a team high 20 points, however the day belonged to Cheshire as their final quarter performance rounded off an enthralling day of British Basketball