BBL Cup, North Group
Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks 107-82 Manchester Giants (27-17, 48-40, 71-57)
(Rocks – Fraser 21, Minnie 21, Johnson 19; Giants – Whelan 15, Mcknight 14, Steel 13)
BBL Cup, North Group
Newcastle Eagles 82-85 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (19-21, 39-49, 64-65)
(Eagles – Fletcher 19, Williams 13, Shelton 13; Sharks – Williams 23, Delpeche 15, Nichols 13)
Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks put in a superb performance against Manchester Giants and B. Braun Sheffield Sharks edged out Newcastle Eagles in a thrilling Friday night of British Basketball.
The North Group of the BBL Cup was finely poised going into the start of Friday’s action with four teams’ level on two points.
In Glasgow, Rocks hosted Manchester Giants who went into the game unbeaten having won their opening game and sat at the top of the Group. Rocks, however, put in a dominant display to completely blow away their opponents. Rocks got off to an electric start, opening up a 10-point lead after the first quarter.
It would be a lead they wouldn’t give up. Giants had a better second quarter narrowing the gap to eight points by halftime, but they still faced an uphill challenge going into the second half.
The third quarter would see the home side add 23 points to their score before a huge fourth quarter that saw them score 36 points and go over the 100-point mark in a superb performance.
Alasdair Fraser and Elijah Minnie led the scoring for Rocks, both finishing on 21 points. Jordan Whelan was the standout player for Giants as he finished with 15.
In the night’s other game Sheffield Sharks beat Newcastle Eagles by three points in a match that went down to the wire. The first quarter was a tight affair with the away side winning it by two points, leading 21-19.
Sharks were able to open up a 10-point lead by halftime as they went into the break 49-39 up. Eagles would look a different side in the second half as they narrowed the gap to just one point going into the final quarter, setting up a tense finale.
A Louis Sayers three-pointer gave the home side the lead early in the final quarter but Sharks would hit back and eventually go on to close out the game after a cagey final few minutes.
Jonathan Williams starred for Sharks as he finished with 23 points, six rebounds and four assists. The ever-reliable Rahmon Fletcher led the scoring for Eagles as he contributed 19 points and eight assists.