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Top Two Look Good on Five Game Friday Night

BBL Championship

Bristol Flyers 95-71 London City Royals (21-18, 40-44, 67-59)
(Flyers – Bradley 23, G. Thomas 18, Champion 16; Royals – Neighbour 15, Saunders 15, Lucas 14)

Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks 98-61 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (22-11, 47-25, 72-44)
(Rocks – Fraser 19, Malcolm 17, Pryor 13; Sharks – Cashaw 17, Ndiaye 14, Koch 10)

Leicester Riders 91-87 Worcester Wolves (31-15, 53-41, 70-62)
(Riders – Cartwright 30, Wright 17, Johnson 13; Wolves – Bouwknecht 29, Hughes 24, Edwards 15)

London Lions 107-98 Surrey Scorchers (38-25, 63-40, 78-65)
(Lions – Soko 27, Robinson 24, Peel 14; Scorchers – White 34, Cook 24, Ogedengbe 13)

Newcastle Eagles 70-88 Cheshire Phoenix (19-28, 38-57, 56-72)
(Eagles – Gettys 21, Matthew 17, Fletcher 15; Phoenix – Flannigan 24, Jackson-Cartwright 17, Mockford 15)

There were a number of huge first half performances in a five game Friday night in the BBL Championship, as the top two moved clear with third place slipping up.

London Lions remain top of the table after scoring a huge 38 points in the first quarter en route to beating Surrey Scorchers 107-98. Ovie Soko continued his good form to lead their scoring with 27 points, nine of those coming amidst that early dominance.

Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks remain second in the table after showing why they have the league’s best defence in beating B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 98-61 at Emirates Arena. They led by double-digits early on after holding their visitors to 11 first quarter points, and when Fraser Malcolm hit a pair of triples in the last thirty seconds of the first half the score was 47-25. Ali Fraser shot 9-10 to lead the scoring on 19 points.

Leicester Riders avenged their BBL Cup semi-final defeat by overcoming Worcester Wolves 91-87 at home, as point guard Kyron Cartwright scored 30 points, with six rebounds and four assists. Riders dominated early, winning the first period 31-15, before losing the next three quarters as the game got close late on.

Elsewhere, Bristol Flyers moved to 3-3 after using a big fourth quarter to beat London City Royals for the fourth time this season in all competitions, 95-71. They won the final period 25-9 as Levi Bradley came from the bench to lead the scoring, hitting 23 points in 23 minutes.

Finally, Cheshire Phoenix are now 4-3 after beating third placed Newcastle Eagles 70-88 in the night’s only road win, an impressive defensive display. A 30-10 spell across the first quarter break stunned their hosts as the lead was 57-38 at the half with Demonte Flannigan scoring 18 of his game high 24 points in that time.