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British Basketball League: Results: Sunday 15 October 2017

Leicester Riders, Glasgow Rocks and Surrey Scorchers were victorious in the BBL Championship on Sunday, while London Lions advanced in the Cup.

The defending league champions beat Plymouth Raiders 72-93 on the road with 22 points from JR Holder.

Surrey held their nerve late on to see off Worcester Wolves 84-80, while Glasgow produced a late flourish to deny Cheshire Phoenix in an 80-86 win.

London completed the Quarter-Final lineup in the Cup with a dominant 104-53 success against Leeds Force.

The draw for the Quarter-Finals of the BBL Cup will be streamed LIVE at 4pm tomorrow (Monday 16 October) on the BBL Facebook Page which can be accessed HERE.
BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers 84-80 Worcester Wolves (28-17, 48-33, 64-58)

Surrey Scorchers made it two wins from two on the weekend after edging out Worcester Wolves in their first home game of the season.

Leading Scorers – Robinson 20, Owumi 14, D Palmer 11 (Scorchers) – Beamon 25, Parrish 21, T Palmer 14

Turning Point – Scorchers made a fast start with a 22-8 opening, but the visitors battled their way back into the game and eventually levelled with an 8-0 burst to make it 77-77. Alex Owumi responded with a three and Tony Hicks’ late basket secured the win.

Key Stat – The home side were efficient inside with 42 points coming in the paint at a conversion rate of 60% as Gerald Robinson and Darryl Palmer impressed.

Game Hero(es) – Owumi and Hicks both came up with big shots late in the game to help Surrey over the line, while Gerald Robinson was a constant threat inside and finished with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting along with six rebounds.

BBL Championship
Cheshire Phoenix 80-86 Glasgow Rocks (23-18, 42-43, 62-57)

Glasgow Rocks recorded their first win of the season after scoring the final eight points of the game to beat Cheshire Phoenix away from home.

Leading Scorers – Riley 19, Sandoval/Gettys 17 (Phoenix) – Harrison 22, Achara 20, Fraser 13 (Rocks)

Turning Point – The game swung back and forth with Cheshire having led by as many as 10 points. CJ Gettys made it 80-78 inside the final minute before Martez Harrison stepped up to score six straight points and secure his side the win.

Key Stat – The Rocks shot 26% from beyond the arc, but found other ways to score through their struggle as they scored impressed with 70% inside.

Game Hero– Martez Harrison came up with some huge plays down the stretch with his go-ahead and-1 play followed by a steal and score to help Glasgow pick up that first win of the season with a game-high 22 points.

BBL Championship
Plymouth Raiders 72-93 Leicester Riders (21-16, 40-46, 56-71)

Leicester Riders maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they took their win streak over Plymouth Raiders to 19 straight games to improve to 3-0.

Leading Scorers – Watson 25, Penn 22, Wells 11 (Raiders) – Holder 22, Robertson/Leonard 17 (Riders)

Turning Point – Plymouth led by as many as eight points at 24-16 early in the second, but a 12-0 reply put Riders ahead as part of 30 points before half-time and they surged to victory.

Key Stat – Neil Watson and Brandon Penn combined for 47 points for Plymouth, but they had too much to do as the game went on and finished a combined 16-46 shooting having made a hot start.

Game Hero(es) – JR Holder was the early spark with the first seven points of the game and went on to finish with 22, while Eric Robertson was huge in the early stages of the second with a quick-fire 10 points on his way to 17 off the bench.

BBL Cup, First Round

London Lions 103-54 Leeds Force (29-11, 50-31, 66-56)

London Lions eased into the Quarter-Finals of the BBL Cup after recording a convincing home win over Leeds Force – who remain winless on the season.

Leading Scorers – Peel 20, Latinovic 18, Robinson 14 (Lions) – Nzege 14, Toluwase 13, Nix 10 (Force)

Turning Point – Lions set the tone with a dominant opening period as they outscored their opponents 31-5 and would lead by as many as 54 points in the contest.

Key Stat – The Lions’ bench outscored Leeds with 56 points to back up the starting five with the home side also dominating the rebounding battle 50-29.

Game Hero(es) – Brandon Peel posted yet another double-double from the bench with 20 points and 12 rebounds with Momcilo Latinovic putting up 15 of his 18 points in the first quarter without a miss.

Pos   PL W L Pts
1 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 4 4 0 8
2 Leicester Riders 3 3 0 6
3 DBL Sharks Sheffield 4 3 1 6
3 London Lions 4 3 1 6
5 Surrey Scorchers 5 3 2 6
6 Bristol Flyers 2 1 1 2
6 Cheshire Phoenix 2 1 1 2
8 Glasgow Rocks 3 1 2 2
9 Plymouth Raiders 4 1 3 2
10 Worcester Wolves 2 0 2 0
11 Manchester Giants 3 0 3 0
12 Leeds Force 4 0 4 0