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Rocks and Giants secure semi-final spots in thrilling night of BBL Cup action

BBL Cup Quarterfinal
Glenn Luss Glasgow Rocks 95-90 Bristol Flyers (20-24, 43-42, 64-63)
(Rocks – Fraser 26, Hillsman 17, Johnson 14; Flyers – Miller 22, Evans 18, Thomas-Edwards 14)

BBL Cup Quarterfinal
Manchester Giants 95-92 Surrey Scorchers (27-30, 52-47, 68-65)
(Giants – Mcknight 18, Saunders 13, Artison 13; Scorchers – Hamrick 19, Ogedengbe 16, Mclemore 13)

Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks and Manchester Giants booked their place in the semi-finals of the BBL Cup after beating Bristol Flyers and Surrey Scorchers respectively in a thrilling Sunday evening of British basketball action.

Rocks found themselves four points down after the first quarter but battled back in a tight encounter to lead 43-42 at the half time break.

The game was close-fought throughout with the sides unable to be separated in the third quarter. Both scored 21 points to give Rocks a 64-63 lead and set up a night-biting finale.

Flyers looked to have won the game as they led by seven points with only seven seconds on the clock before a Jonny Bunyan three-pointer leveled the game up and sent the game into overtime.

Glasgow were the team to kick on in overtime and eventually went on to secure the 95-90 win. Ali Fraser put in an MVP performance for the home side as he finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Mike Miller led the scoring charts for Flyers with 22 points.

Manchester Giants also found themselves behind after the first quarter before recovering to lead Surrey Scorchers 52-47 at half time.

Scorchers won the third quarter 18-16 in a low scoring period, narrowing the gap to just three points going into the last.

Giants, however, played the game out to wrap up a 95-92 victory and book their spot in the next round of the cup.

Martaveous Mcknight starred for Giants as he contributed a team-high 18 points while Tyrick Armstrong also had a good game as he finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. For Scorchers, Lemar Hamrick scored 19 points in a game-high performance.

Sunday evening’s action confirms the full semi-final lineup with Leicester Riders facing London Lions and Glasgow Rocks taking on Manchester Giants.