Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks 99-78 Bristol Flyers (27-23, 50-39, 73-61)
(Rocks – Fraser 23, Johnson 16, Hillsman 14; Flyers – Delpeche 19, Evans 14, Miller 12)
Leicester Riders 94-72 Cheshire Phoenix (19-21, 41-44, 62-60)
(Riders – Loving 32, Washington 14, Adekoya 11; Phoenix – Okereafor 17, Mockford 14, Wright 10)
There were a pair of grudge matches in the BBL Championship on Friday night, replicating last weekend’s BBL Cup quarter-finals, but there was no revenge to be had as Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks and Leicester Riders prevailed again – both in much more convincing fashion – on their home floors.
Having beaten Bristol Flyers in overtime to progress to the BBL Cup semi-finals last week, it was more comfortable for the Rocks live on Sky Sports at the Emirates Arena this time around, running out 99-78 victors behind an efficient 23 points from Ali Fraser and a double-double of 16 points and 12 assists from Jordan Johnson.
Rocks trailed early on, but hit an 11-2 burst midway through the first as Jaycee Hillsman scored five points to take a 20-18 lead that they never relinquished, Hillsman adding another three-pointer before the first quarter was done.
They couldn’t shake off their visitors, who were still within two shots after the break, but Johnson hit a triple before the Rocks finished the third period on an 8-2 tear and then opened the fourth with the first five points, Johnson scoring eight points in three minutes and Fraser making a score for 78-61, and there was no way back for the visitors.
Glasgow also had a big contribution from Boban Jacdonmi off the bench, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in just 16 minutes as they got a first notch in the BBL Championship win column.
Meanwhile, Riders used a sharpshooting fourth quarter to once more overcome Cheshire Phoenix, winning 94-72 at the Morningside Arena with Marc Loving pouring in 32 points on 6-10 (60%) three-point shooting.
With Leicester having just edged past their visitors by one point last week, the teams were rarely separated by more than two shots through the first three quarters of this game in what looked like it would be another tight finish.
But Riders were unstoppable from the three-point line in opening the fourth quarter with an 18-2 surge, all from long-range, as Loving hit four triples in a row in little over three minutes, joined by Conner Washington and Geno Crandall – who finished with 11 points, nine assists and four steals.
That, combined with Leicester’s defence, was enough to see them move to 2-0, while for Cheshire it is five straight defeats to open their league campaign.