Leicester Riders 83-75 Newcastle Eagles (18-20, 39-39, 59-56, 83-75)
(Riders – Nelson-Henry 20, Crandall 16, Johnson 15; Eagles – Fletcher 25, Defoe 15, Edwards 12)
Cheshire Phoenix 77-68 Worcester Wolves (25-15, 41-37, 57-56, 77-68)
(Phoenix – Ross 19, Lull 18, Hayes 15; Wolves – Williams 19, Parks Jr 15, Bouwknecht 10)
Geno Crandall starred as the Leicester Riders came out victorious against the Newcastle Eagles, in a battle between the top two teams in the BBL Championship.
Crandall put up 18 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals on the night, including a phenomenal behind the back pass to set up Darien Nelson-Henry, who notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Corey Johnson also scored in double digits for the Riders, making 15 points, shooting an efficient 50% from three, as well as securing nine rebounds.
For the Eagles, captain Rahmon Fletcher scored 25 points and provided eight assists, and his fantastic performance will certainly be a positive for coach Ian MacLeod.
Cortez Edwards also put on a strong showing for the visitors, coming close to a triple-double, with 12 twelve points, ten rebounds and seven assists.
Elsewhere, the Cheshire Phoenix took a nine point victory over the Worcester Wolves, to leapfrog them in the league standings to sixth place.
Jalen Hayes had a double-double for the Nix with 15 points and eleven rebounds, and the forward also stole the ball five times on the night.
Kahron Ross led scoring on the night for the hosts, with 19 points, shooting 70% from the field, and Jimbo Lull was close behind with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Worcester came to the game with a threadbare squad, and only used seven players, but were led in scoring by Jordan Williams who had 19 points and nine rebounds.
Mike Parks Jr scored 15 himself, and was dominant on the boards collecting 13 of them to achieve his double-double.
Captain Maarten Bouwknecht and Lamarr Kimble also made it to double digits, with ten apiece, and the Wolves will look to bounce back on Friday, as they welcome the visit of the Manchester Giants to the University of Worcester Arena.