London Lions, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle and Surrey Scorchers all took the first step towards the Semi-Finals of the Play-Offs with victory on Friday night.

The Lions had led by as many as 17 against Worcester Wolves, but their lead ahead of Sunday’s reverse is just 1 with Justin Robinson scoring 28 points in the 84-85 victory.

Meanwhile, Tony Hicks fired in 30 points to lead Surrey past Glasgow Rocks 84-82 and Newcastle defeated Bristol Flyers 97-86 behind 25 points from Darius Defoe.

 

BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Finals, First Leg
Worcester Wolves 84-85 London Lions (13-27, 39-52, 64-76)
 
Worcester Wolves kept their Play-Offs hopes alive, despite suffering a narrow defeat at home to London Lions having rallied from a 17-point deficit.
 
The second seeded visitors looked to be taking a commanding advantage back to the capital before a spirited response leaves the tie evenly poised ahead of Sunday’s reverse fixture.
 
Leading scorers – Beamon 25, Palmer 14, Marshall 13 (Wolves) – Robinson 28, Dixon 13, Thompson 12 (Lions)
 
Turning point – London went 5-of-5 from downtown in the first quarter and put up 52 points in the first half, leading by as many as 17 in the contest before the Wolves’ fourth-quarter fightback. They took their first lead through Alejandro Navajas at the foul line before big shots from Justin Robinson and Dzaflo Larkai helped Lions take the win.
 
Key stat – Worcester finished 17-19 at the free throw line and they clawed their way back by holding their opponents to single figures in the final quarter having conceded 76 through three.
 
Game hero(es) – Justin Robinson fired in 28 points to lead the Lions, including a crucial go-ahead basket in the final minute, while George Beamon countered with 25 for Worcester to keep his side in contention ahead of the Second Leg.
 
 

BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Final, First Leg
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 97-86 Bristol Flyers (24-16, 43-41, 68-56)

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle continued their dominance over Bristol Flyers at Sport Central with a 97-86 victory, in the first leg of the BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Finals.

Although still facing a double-digit deficit, the Flyers were able to reduce the Eagles advantage from 18 points to just 11 by the time the final buzzer sounded.

Leading scorers – Defoe 25, Nimley 19, Jukic 18 (Eagles) – Goodwin 20, Boggs 16, Weary 13 (Flyers)

Turning point – After a close first half, the Eagles blew the game wide open in the third quarter – outscoring the Flyers 25-15 to take control of the contest.

Key stat – The hosts found joy in the paint, pouring in 52 points under the basket and shooting 63% inside the arc.

Game hero(es) – Darius Defoe scored an efficient 25 points, while Saah Nimley (19 points, 12 assists) and Zarko Jukic (18 points, 10 rebounds) both contributed double-doubles. 

 

BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Final, First Leg
Surrey Scorchers 84-82 Glasgow Rocks (23-23, 43-48, 56-64)

Surrey Scorchers will take a two point advantage up to Glasgow, after a thrilling 84-82 first leg victory over the Rocks in the BBL Play-Offs Quarter Finals.

Despite defeat, the Rocks will head home full of confidence having led until the dying moments of the contest.

Leading scorers – Hicks 30, Robinson/Ogedengbe 14 (Scorchers) – Brown 14, Britt/Fraser 12 (Rocks)

Turning point – The home side produced a decisive 11-5 run to close out the contest and claim a slender advantage, in a game in which they trailed for much of the night.

Key stat – Surrey found their way to the free throw line on a regular basis and took full advantage of the opportunity – connecting on 19 of 21 attempts.

Game hero(es) – Tony Hicks poured in a game high 30 points on just 11 field goal attempts. The star guard also added 7 assists, 4 rebounds and a pair of steals.