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Rocks go top as Sharks and Phoenix pick up home wins

BBL Championship

Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks 91-86 Worcester Wolves (21-21, 45-40, 62-63, 78-78)
(Rocks – Pryor 23, Fraser 18, Vinson 10; Wolves – J. Williams 18, Van Sauers 15, A. Williams 15)

B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 67-66 Newcastle Eagles (18-20, 35-36, 53-49)
(Sharks – Lewis 12, McKnight 12, Tuck 11; Eagles – Morsell 14, Fletcher 13, Glasgow 12)

Cheshire Phoenix 99-88 Manchester Giants (28-23, 51-42, 74-63)
(Phoenix – Hayes 24, Jackson-Cartwright 20, Flannigan 17; Giants – Bankevics 20, Jones 16, Ulph 15)

Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks went top of the BBL Championship on Sunday whilst B. Braun Sheffield Sharks and Cheshire Phoenix both picked up home victories.

Following London Lions’ surprising loss to Surrey Scorchers on Saturday, the Rocks were able to capitalise on their opportunity to go top of the league, but it wasn’t an easy task as they were taken into overtime by Cup champions Worcester Wolves, eventually managing to defeat the Wolfpack, 91-86.

It was an evenly matched game as both teams kept the score level throughout the game. The Glaswegian side led by as many as nine points at one point but the visiting Wolfpack were quick to close the gap and bring the score level. With 30 seconds remaining, the Rocks were up by three but a three pointer from Cortez Edwards saw them into the extra period.

Double overtime looked inevitable as the two teams were once again tied, but Dante Thorpe managed to throw up a two pointer and draw the foul, to then convert the free throw to give Rocks a three point lead before Gareth Murray managed to sink two further free-throws to seal off the game with 16 seconds remaining.

Ali Fraser managed up double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Terrel Vinson came close to a double-double also with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Meanwhile, in another close game, B. Braun Sheffield Sharks managed to just edge Newcastle Eagles to pick up a home win by one point, 67-66.

Backed by a double-double from Bennett Koch, 10 points and 14 rebounds, as well as a combined 24-points from Nick Lewis and game MVP Mackey McKnight, and an additional 11-points from team captain Mike Tuck, Sheffield managed to just hold onto their lead, despite a last minute comeback attempt from Newcastle.

And it was Cheshire Phoenix who emerged victorious in the North-West derby with Manchester Giants, 99-88.

Player of the Month winner Parker Jackson-Cartwright continued to showcase his skills, picking up a double-double of 20 points and 13 assists, whilst his teammate Jalen Hayes also picked up a double-double for himself of 24 points and 11 rebounds.