Surrey Scorchers 87-67 Newcastle Eagles (19-15, 42-32, 70-52, 87-67)
(Scorchers: T.Ogedengbe – 23, T.Hicks – 16, L.James – 16; Eagles: R.Fletcher – 20, J.Gordon – 16, E.Maxwell – 9)
Worcester Wolves 85-93 London Lions (24-25, 46-45, 61-66, 76-76, OT – 85-93)
(Wolves: E.Burns – 24, M.Bouwknecht – 19, M.Parks Jr. – 17; Lions: O.Parker – 22, D.Liggins – 18, D.Williams – 17)
Glasgow Rocks 79-87 Bristol Flyers (11-24, 34-50, 65-66, 79-87)
(Rocks: G.Murray – 16, B.Jacdonmi – 14, I.Brandon – 13; Flyers – J.Wilcher – 18, D.Edozie – 15, E.Lockett – 15)
Manchester Giants 87-90 Leicester Riders (20-26, 41-44, 61-68, 87-90)
(Giants: J.Satchell – 36, J.Whelan – 18, A.Ouandie – 15; Riders: W.Lee – 19, D.Nelson-Henry – 18, M.Heron – 14)
Easter Sunday brought a fest of BBL action, as Surrey Scorchers shocked the Newcastle Eagles while London Lions, Bristol Flyers and Leicester Riders all won on the road at the expense of Worcester Wolves, Glasgow Rocks and Manchester Giants respectively.
The Scorchers hosted the Eagles in the first slice of action of the day, and they ended up being the only team to win at home, as they beat second-placed Newcastle by 20 points, with captain Tayo Ogedengbe leading the scoring for the game with 23 points, while Martelle McLemore, Tony Hicks and Lacey James combined total tallied up to 44 points.
Hicks also managed a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, the only player in the game to do so as the Eagles had just Justin Gordon and Rahmon Fletcher reaching double-digits for scoring.
Gordon managed 16 points, while Fletcher’s total of 20 was supplemented by six assists and four rebounds as four Eagles failed to score off the bench with Darius Defoe and Cortez Edwards managing a combined 12 points – but the biggest issue for Newcastle was their struggles from behind the arc, sinking just 14% of their three point attempts compared to Scorchers’ 47%.
Just as the final buzzer sounded in Guildford, tip-off commenced not long after in Worcester and the Lions and Wolves matched each other throughout the game until the third quarter where the visitors pulled away by five points, but the home side equalled their third quarter total in the final period to send the game to overtime – which saw Vince Macaulay’s side pull through and clutch up under pressure.
Orlando Parker led the scoring for the Lions with 22, with DeAndre Liggins dropping 18 points and nine assists and Dirk Williams following closely with 17 points as well as three big blocks on the defensive end.
Forward Elijah Burns really impressed off the bench for the Wolves as he scored a team-high 24 points as well as grabbing seven rebounds, a total only beaten in the game by Lions centre Chris Tawiah’s 12 and on his own team by Mike Parks Jr’s tally of eight – which was accompanied by 17 points in one of two near-double-doubles for the home team, with Maarten Bouwknecht’s 19 points and eight assists also coming close.
Meanwhile in Glasgow, the Flyers continued their hot run of form after beating Leicester in the week, with a fairly comfortable victory which saw five members of the roster scoring eleven points or more.
Josh Wilcher and Denzel Edozie dropped a combined total of 33 points off the bench, while Raphell Thomas-Edwards and Josh Rogers scored five and two respectively to make it 40 points coming from outside the starting five, an impressive feat while Justin Baker managed 14 points in 20 minutes with an 83% field goal percentage.
Player/Coach Gareth Murray scored a team-high of 16 points, but the most impressive performance arguably in the entire game came from Boban Jacdonmi, who scored 14 points and grabbed a huge 16 rebounds as the Rocks tried to come-back in the third quarter, scoring 31 points in ten minutes – but they unfortunately seemed to tire out before they could help create a grandstand finale.
The final game of the night was edged by current Championship leaders Leicester Riders, as they hung on to beat 10th placed Giants who were inspired by an incredible 36 points, nine rebounds performance from Justin Satchell – which proved to somehow just be short of enough to secure an important victory for his team.
William Lee had an impressive outing, scoring 19 points while going 80% from the field, as well as putting up nine rebounds – a total only bettered by Darien Nelson-Henry, who’s double-double consisting of 18 points and ten rebounds proved crucial as the Riders managed to fight off a late come-back from the Giants.
Alex Ouandie was at the fore-front of the late charge, as he knocked down two clutch threes and contributed a few more points in the final quarter, but not even he could get close to Satchell’s stat-line as he also scored 81% of his shots from the field and missed just one free-throw, while Jordan Whelan scored 18 going 26% and David Ulph impressed again on the backboards, grabbing 15 rebounds.