|Manchester Giants and Plymouth Raiders advanced in the BBL Cup on Sunday, while Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks picked up a timely win in the league.
Willie Clayton put up 23 points and 25 rebounds to lead the Giants to a 75-92 win away at Surrey Scorchers, while Plymouth defeated rivals, Bristol Flyers 86-68 behind 29 points from Joonas Jarvelainen.
Meanwhile, the Rocks snapped a five-game losing run as Bouna Ndiaye scored 26 points in an 89-61 success against Worcester Wolves, who drop to 1-6 in the BBL Championship.
BBL Cup, First Round
Surrey Scorchers 75-92 Manchester Giants (25-21, 44-45, 60-67)
Manchester Giants claimed their first win in the BBL Cup since their return to the league in 2012 as they defeated Surrey Scorchers on the road.
Danny Byrne’s side advance to the Quarter-Finals where they will visit defending champions, Cheshire Phoenix.
Leading scorers – Jordan Williams 15, Quincy Taylor 14, Josh Steel/Tayo Ogedengbe 11 (Scorchers) – Willie Clayton 23, Mike McCall 19, Callum Jones/Torry Butler 13 (Giants)
Turning point – Surrey started well and led by as many as 11 points in the contest, but the visitors battled back and began to settle into a rhythm. The Giants took the lead in the second and never looked back, powering their way to victory with a strong final quarter.
Key stat – Manchester were all over their opponents on the boards, out-rebounding Surrey 60-33 as the Scorchers struggled from 3-point range at 26%.
Game hero – A monstrous effort from Clayton as he racked up an impressive 25 rebounds to go with 23 points for a dominant double-double, whilst also adding three blocks.
BBL Cup, First Round
Plymouth Raiders 86-68 Bristol Flyers (25-21, 44-38, 66-52)
Plymouth Raiders avenged last week’s derby defeat against Bristol Flyers with a convincing home win in the Cup.
Paul James’ side – who had Devontavius Payne and Zak Wells ejected – powered past a depleted Flyers side to set up a showdown with Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks in the last eight.
Leading scorers – Joonas Jarvelainen 29, Donte Nicholas 16, Josh Wilcher 13 (Raiders) – Fred Thomas 16, Tevin Falzon 13, Marcus Delpeche 11 (Flyers)
Turning point – Plymouth had the edge in the first half as they led by six at the break before pulling away as they held Bristol to 14 points in the third and their advantage moved beyond 20 points in the fourth for a dominant win.
Key stat – The Raiders did their damage in the paint with 50 points, whilst out-rebounding their opponents 56-42 with 21 offensive boards in the win.
Game hero(es) – Jarvelainen top scored with 29 points and added 11 rebounds, while Nicholas had another all-round performance with 16 points, 16 boards and four assists with Wilcher handing out nine assists in the win.
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 89-61 Worcester Wolves (25-20, 46-38, 74-49)
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks ended a five-game losing run as they defeated Worcester Wolves to move off the bottom of the BBL Championship.
The Wolves have now lost six straight as they drop to a 1-6 record and fall to the foot of the table without a win since the opening night.
Leading scorers – Bouna Ndiaye 26, Gareth Murray 16, Jonny Bunyan 12 (Rocks) – Filip Kramer 13, Darell Combs/Robert Crawford 11 (Wolves)
Turning point – Glasgow had the control in the first half, but cemented that with a dominant 28-11 third period as they pulled clear from their opponents to help secure a convincing home win.
Key stat – The Rocks stepped things up on the defensive end to help seal the win in the second half, holding Worcester to just 23 points in the final 20 minutes.
Game hero – Ndiaye led the Rocks with a game-high 26 points on 11 of 15 shooting, whilst adding seven rebounds and two assists in the win.