The Wrap

Glasgow Rocks ended a long-running losing streak against Esh Group Eagles Newcastle, while London Lions seized advantage in their BBL Cup Semi-Final.

Tony Garbelotto’s side returned to action following the international window with GB and secured a memorable 92-80 victory over Newcastle to start a double-winning weekend at home.

The Rocks pulled clear in the second quarter with Kieron Achara top scoring in the win with 18 points and 10 rebounds as seven players hit double figures.

Earl Brown then fired in 31 points in Sunday’s crushing 111-57 success against Leeds Force as Glasgow moved into third place with a 7-5 record.

Meanwhile, in Cup action, London finished strong for a 74-87 victory at Cheshire Phoenix to earn a 13-point cushion to take into the second leg.

Momcilo Latinovic and Justin Robinson shared 35 points with the Lions netting 15 triples to gain the upper-hand in the battle to reach next month’s final at Arena Birmingham.

“We struggled through the third and couldn’t pick up speed in the fourth,” said Robert Sandoval, who had 24 points for Cheshire in defeat.

“We just need to refocus as a group and get ready to go down to London and do the job we’re here to do.”

Leicester Riders moved to 7-1 in the league after holding off Bristol Flyers in a 77-82 road win with JR Holder netting 23 points, while Andy Thomson added 14 on his 200th BBL Championship appearance.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Raiders were unable to follow up last weekend’s win over the league leaders as they suffered back-to-back defeats.

The Raiders fell to a 97-90 loss at Worcester Wolves on Friday night before letting slip an eight-point half-time lead against Surrey Scorchers at home in an 80-85 defeat.

Rob Gilchrist had 14 points and eight rebounds on his Worcester debut, while Jordan Williams led Surrey with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

“It was a terrible weekend,” said Raiders head coach, Gavin Love. “We should’ve won the game on Friday and we should’ve Sunday as well.

“Everyone can see we have players that can make simple errors, and it costs us games – it’s becoming somewhat of a problem.”

Also, DBL Sharks Sheffield returned to winning ways as they defeated Manchester Giants 81-98 away from home with Dirk Williams starring with 28 points.

Cheshire completed a season sweep over Leeds with an emphatic 59-87 success to start the weekend as they moved back above .500 in the league.