|London Lions and Cheshire Phoenix completed double-winning weekends on Sunday with Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks and Plymouth Raiders also victorious.|
The Lions moved to 11-2 with a 92-82 success in overtime against second-placed DBL Sharks Sheffield with 24 points from Ladarius Tabb.
Cheshire saw off Surrey Scorchers 93-74 as CJ Gettys netted 20 points, while Plymouth battled past London City Royals for an 84-77 victory behind Joonas Jarvelainen’s 24 points.
Meanwhile, Glasgow overcame Manchester Giants as Ali Fraser posted 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists in a 76-83 triumph on the road.
Plymouth Raiders 84-77 London City Royals (22-22, 45-43, 64-56)
Plymouth Raiders picked up another home win as they defeated London City Royals to leapfrog the visitors.
Paul James’ side move to .500 at 6-6 with the Royals now with the same win percentage as they dropped to 5-5 in their debut campaign.
Leading scorers – Joonas Jarvelainen 24, Donte Nicholas 19, Josh Wilcher 13 (Raiders) – Ashley Hamilton 16, Orlan Jackman 12, Will Ohuaregbe 11 (Royals)
Turning point – Neither side had control in an evenly contested first half, but threes from Jarvelainen and Declan Soukup gave the Raiders momentum to take into the final period and they soon led by 12. However, the Royals battled back to level late on before Wilcher’s triple was decisive in a 7-0 close.
Key stat – Plymouth hit 10 threes in the win, while the visitors struggled from outside after going 2 of 21.
Game hero(es) – Jarvelainen fired in 24 points for the Raiders with Nicholas adding 19 points along with 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals for another all-round display.
London Lions 92-82 DBL Sharks Sheffield (17-26, 38-39, 60-61, 76-76)
London Lions extended their lead at the top of the BBL Championship after outlasting DBL Sharks Sheffield in an overtime thriller.
The Lions complete a double-winning weekend at home to move to 11-2 as they end the Sharks’ eight-game win streak in the league.
Leading scorers – Ladarius Tabb 24, Justin Robinson 22, Paul Guede 13 (Lions) – Dirk Williams 30, Chris Alexander 17, Leslee Smith 14 (Sharks)
Turning point – The Lions recovered from a slow start to move ahead in the fourth, but the hot shooting of Williams kept the Sharks in contention and his late three forced overtime. However, from 82-82, the home side put together a closing 10-0 run to take the win.
Key stat – The Sharks gave up a total of 21 turnovers allowing their opponents 27 points including some key scores in the extra period.
Game hero(es) – Another double-double on the weekend for Tabb after posting 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Robinson just missed out after handing out nine assists to go with 22 points and Guede had 13 with a huge three and defensive steal in overtime.
Manchester Giants 76-83 Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks (11-28, 29-50, 48-58)
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks made it two wins over Manchester Giants in as many weeks as they claimed their fourth league victory.
The Rocks backed up last week’s BBL Cup Semi-Final First Leg success to move to 4-8, while Manchester end up splitting their weekend double-header as they are now at 4-5.
Leading scorers – Willie Clayton 23, Callum Jones 16, Vlatko Granic/Mike McCall Jr 12 (Giants) – Ali Fraser 23, Tadas Rinkunas 16, Kieron Achara 14 (Rocks)
Turning point – The Giants were slow out of the blocks following their dramatic victory on Saturday night and the Rocks capitalised with a 28-point first quarter and they would lead by as many as 32 at 15-47. The hosts battled back with a stronger defensive display, but could only to reduce the final losing margin.
Key stat – The Rocks out-rebounded their opponents 51-38 and kept the Giants to 35% shooting from the floor.
Game hero(es) – Fraser produced an all-round effort of 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists with Rinkunas firing in 16 points off the bench and Achara came up with five blocks to go with a double-double of 14 points and 13 boards.
Cheshire Phoenix 93-74 Surrey Scorchers (28-19, 47-38, 72-55)
Cheshire Phoenix completed a successful double-header with their second win of the weekend as they inflicted another loss on Surrey Scorchers.
Ben Thomas’ side improve to six league wins from 13, while the Scorchers see their tough start continue as they drop to 2-10 – four wins adrift of eighth spot.
Leading scorers – CJ Gettys 20, Jalen Hayes 18, Momcilo Latinovic 17 (Phoenix) – Quincy Taylor 23, Caylin Raftopoulos 12, Tayo Ogedengbe/Henry Wilkins 12 (Scorchers)
Turning point – Phoenix started strong with 28 points in the opening quarter to take control and they never looked back with their lead peaking at 19 as the Scorchers were unable to make up the early deficit.
Key stat – The home side shot 62% with their 2-point field goals and had a perfect record from the line after going 14 of 14.
Game hero(es) – Gettys top scored with 20 points along with 11 rebounds and four assists with all five starters in double figures including Dii’jon Allen-Jordan who also added 11 rebounds along with six assists to his 16-point haul.