London Lions 72-84 Worcester Wolves (18-28, 42-46, 54-66, 72-84)
(Lions – Ware 19, Lucas 10, Alihodzic 10; Wolves – Williams 23, Parks Jr 17, McSwiggan 12)
Glasgow Rocks 83-99 Surrey Scorchers (18-22, 50-48, 65-70, 83-99)
(Rocks – Delph 20, Keeling 19, Murray 18; Scorchers – Hicks 31, James 19, McLemore 15)
Cheshire Phoenix 87-103 Newcastle Eagles (17-27, 36-56, 60-73, 87-103)
(Phoenix – Hayes 25, McCall 19, Carey 18; Eagles – Gordon 24, Edwards 18, Fletcher 15)
Manchester Giants 80-101 Plymouth Raiders (29-25, 53-49, 58-72, 80-101)
(Giants – Ulph 16, Whelan 16, Cassell Jr 16; Raiders – Morsell 25, McGill 23, Dusha 15)
The Newcastle Eagles came out on top in a clash at the top of the BBL Championship table, claiming a 16 point victory over the Cheshire Phoenix.
The Eagles were running away with it at the end of the half, leading by 22, but a fightback led by Jalen Hayes’ 25 points brought the game within touching distance for the Nix in the second half.
Justin Gordon led for the visitors with 24 points, making ten of his 12 shots, including a huge dunk late in the fourth, as all five starters scored in double digits for the Eagles.
Cortez Edwards played fantastically for Newcastle, with 18 points, nine assists and five steals, to help guide his side to victory.
Cheshire failed to lead the game once through all 40 minutes, and the side struggled to get going from three point range, making just 23% of their looks from outside.
Mike McCall and Kyle Carey both had good games for the hosts, with 19 and 18 points respectively, but the injury hit Cheshire side were unable to answer Newcastle’s firepower.
The Worcester Wolves secured victory in the capital, as they defeated the London Lions by 12 points thanks to a fantastic display from Jordan Williams.
Williams put up 23 points on 50% shooting from the field, as well as eleven rebounds, six assists and four steals.
It was a game that the Wolves led through all four quarters, and started the game on an 11-0 run, as they put the pressure on the hosts from the off.
Mike Parks Jr provided great help for Williams scoring 17 points, and Elijah Burns and Henry Wilkins were pivotal off the bench, both making ten each.
It was a tough afternoon for the Lions, who never led at any point, but one positive for Coach Vince Macaulay was the strong performance of Kevin Ware, who had 19 points, five assists and four rebounds.
The Surrey Scorchers also claimed victory in Glasgow, defeating the Rocks by 16, thanks to Tony Hicks incredible 31 points, seven assists display.
It was an incredibly tight game at the end of the first half, which Glasgow led by two points, however, the Scorchers turned it on in the second half to lead by as many as 17.
Lacey James and Martelle McLemore both shot well for the Scorchers with 19 and 15 respectively, and captain Tayo Ogedengbe contributed with a ten point ten rebound double-double.
For the Rocks, Ronald Delph had a huge 20 points 12 rebound double-double, but Christian Keeling and Gareth Murray were the only other players able to make it into double figures, with 19 and 18 respectively.
Finally, the Plymouth Raiders completed a 21 point victory over the Manchester Giants, as Ricky McGill and Mike Morsell dominated.
McGill had a tremendous double-double with 23 points and 12 assists, and Mike Morsell put up 25 points, including shooting an impressive 66% on his six three point efforts.
The game was in the balance until the third quarter, where the Giants poor shooting produced just five quarter points, allowing the Raiders to jump out to a 22 point lead.
David Ulph provided some positives for the Giants, shooting 77% in a 16 point eleven rebound double-double, but the Raiders proved too much on the day for the struggling Giants.