The BBL Trophy Final was confirmed as London City Royals set a showdown with London Lions as part of a five-game Sunday.
The Royals defeated Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 71-83 for an overall 137-169 triumph to reach their first BBL Final with 18 points from Matthew Bryan-Amaning.
Surrey Scorchers ended their losing run with a 90-69 victory over DBL Sharks Sheffield with Tayo Ogedengbe scoring 19 points, while Worcester Wolves completed a double-winning weekend with Deshawn Freeman scoring 25 points in their 74-91 success at Plymouth Raiders.
The Lions improved to 15-2 in the league with a 94-101 victory on the road against Cheshire Phoenix as Ladarius Tabb put up 28 points with Esh Group Eagles Newcastle falling to a narrow 76-75 loss at Manchester Giants behind a huge 21 points and 25 rebounds from Willie Clayton.
BBL Championship
Cheshire Phoenix 94-101 London Lions (27-30, 47-57, 74-80)

London Lions returned to the top of the BBL Championship after being made to work hard for a win on the road at Cheshire Phoenix.

The Lions move to 15-2 – level on points with Leicester Riders – as they continue their impressive season, while the Phoenix drop to 10-12 in the league.

Leading scorers – CJ Gettys 23, Louis Sayers 20, Jalen Hayes 18 (Phoenix) – Ladarius Tabb 28, Justin Robinson 18, Brandon Peel 16 (Lions)

Turning point – Cheshire put together a strong run to start the fourth quarter and had an 87-83 advantage, but the Lions responded with a 13-2 burst to take control down the stretch before seeing out the win.

Key stat – The Lions kept care of the ball with just five turnovers in the contest with their efficient offence needed to counter Cheshire’s 71% shooting inside the arc.

Game hero – Tabb starred in the win for the Lions with 28 points, seven rebounds and four steals as he came up with timely plays at both ends for the visitors.

BBL Trophy, Semi-Final, Second Leg
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 71-83 London City Royals (23-29, 44-43, 61-66)
137-169 on aggregate

London City Royals are heading to the British Basketball Trophy Finals after defeating Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks.

The Royals backed up their First Leg victory with the win at the Emirates Arena and will head back there next month to face London Lions in the Final.

Leading scorers – Ali Fraser 25, Bouna Ndiaye 14, Kieron Achara 8 (Rocks) – Matthew Bryan-Amaning 18, Ed Lucas 14, Wes Washpun 13 (Royals)

Turning point – The Rocks made a 12-0 start to the second to threaten a sizeable reduction of the deficit, but the visitors rallied before the half and powered to victory in the second half to seal their place in a first BBL Final in style.

Key stat – Glasgow coughed up 18 turnovers in the contest, and at pivotal times, which halted their momentum during the first half.

Game hero(es) – Bryan-Amaning had another big game inside for the Royals as their top scorer with three other players hitting double figures in the road win.