London Lions moved closer to the BBL Championship title, while Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks and Plymouth Raiders boosted their top eight hopes.

The Lions eased past Surrey Scorchers 70-93 on the road as Jordan Spencer had 14 points.

Meanwhile, Glasgow secured an 86-76 success over Cheshire Phoenix as Kieron Achara netted 20 points and Plymouth Raiders powered past Worcester Wolves with a triple-double for Donte Nicholas in the 106-83 victory.

 
BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers 70-93 London Lions (11-21, 30-49, 44-68)

London Lions eased to another league win as they defeated Surrey Scorchers on the road.

The Lions are now at 24-5 at the top of the BBL Championship with the title in sight, while the Scorchers dropped to 5-24.

Leading scorers – Willie Atwood 18, Anthony Elechi 13, Tayo Ogedengbe 11 (Scorchers) – Jordan Spencer 14, Ladarius Tabb 12, Joe Ikhinmwin/Kervin Bristol 10 (Lions)

Turning point – The Lions set the tone early as they built a double-digit advantage and pulled further clear in the second to go into the half-time break up 19.

Key stat – Surrey had 80 field goal attempts during the game, but were held to 32% shooting as the Lions’ defence stood firm.

Game hero(es) – Spencer top scored with 14 points in a balanced attack for the Lions with three other players in double figures including Tabb, who added 13 boards to his 12 points. Brandon Peel had 12 rebounds, but finished a point shy of a double-double of his own.

Box score.

 
BBL Championship
Plymouth Raiders 106-83 Worcester Wolves (22-18, 50-37, 80-60)

Plymouth Raiders made it two wins in as many nights to strengthen their place in the top eight with victory over Worcester Wolves.

Paul James’ side level their record at 15-15 to move two wins clear of the outside contenders for the benecos BBL Play-Offs.

Leading scorers – Rashad Hassan 24, Josh Wincher 21, Devontavius Payne 18 (Raiders) – Deshawn Freeman 22, Lester Prosper 16, Alejandro Navajas/Jordan Whelan 13 (Wolves)

Turning point – The Raiders used a 12-2 start to second to begin to pull away as they went up by 13 at the half before piling on 30 points in the third to take further control. 

Key stat – Plymouth hit 10 threes in the contest, while the Wolves struggled at 6 of 31 at just 19% success rate.

Game hero(es) – Hassan and Wilcher led the scoring with a combined 45 points, while Donte Nicholas produced a second triple-double of the season with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory with all five starters hitting double figures.

Box score.

 
BBL Championship
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 86-76 Cheshire Phoenix (19-15, 39-30, 52-53)

Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks are on the verge of qualification for the benecos BBL Play-Offs after overcoming Cheshire Phoenix for a 10th consecutive home win.

The Rocks bounced back from Friday’s loss in Leicester to improve to 16-13 in fourth, while Cheshire are level with Bristol Flyers on 13-16 records.

Leading scorers – Kieron Achara 20, Ali Fraser 17, Bo Zeigler 14 (Rocks) – Dii’jon Allen-Jordan 17, Daniel Norl 15, Momcilo Latinovic 10 (Phoenix)

Turning point – The Rocks led by nine at the half, but the visitors hit back in the third to take the narrowest of leads heading into the final period. It remained close before Glasgow went on an 10-0 run to help close out the win.

Key stat – The home side had 36 points coming off the bench and shot well inside with 57% accuracy from 2-point range.

Game hero(es) – Achara top scored with 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting along with eight rebounds and three steals in the win with Fraser adding 17 points off the bench.

Boxscore.

 
Pos   PL W L Pts
1 London Lions 29 24 5 48
2 Leicester Riders 29 21 8 42
3 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 30 20 10 40
4 Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks 29 16 13 32
5 DBL Sharks Sheffield 30 16 14 32
6 London City Royals 29 15 14 30
7 Plymouth Raiders 30 15 15 30
8 Bristol Flyers 29 13 16 26
8 Cheshire Phoenix 29 13 16 26
10 Manchester Giants 30 13 17 26
11 Surrey Scorchers 29 5 24 10
11 Worcester Wolves 29 5 24 10