Friday 11th November
The third BBL Cup Semi-Final spot was decided on Friday night, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle closed on the unbeaten leaders in the BBL Championship.
Glasgow Rocks used a late 12-0 run to overcome DBL Sharks Sheffield 57-69 on the road with Gareth Murray netting 17 points in his side’s victory.

Meanwhile, the Eagles went on a 17-0 run in the third en route to recording an 81-62 success against Bristol Flyers to move to within a win of Leicester Riders.
BBL Cup, Quarter-Finals
DBL Sharks Sheffield 57 (14,30,47) (Rembert 17, McFarland/Wroblicky 10)
Glasgow Rocks 69 (19,33,49) (Murray 17, Lescault 15, Watson 8)
Glasgow Rocks dominated the crucial final five minutes of the game to beat DBL Sharks Sheffield 57-69 and advance to the BBL Cup Semi-Finals.
Sterling Davis’ side went on a 12-0 run to pull away from the Sharks and set up a last four clash with Surrey Scorchers.
Rashawn Rembert netted 17 points on a promising debut for the home side, but they bow out of the competition.
Sharks had missed their first six shots of the game as they fell behind 0-7 before Rembert made his first three to help his new team settle and close to within two at 14-16.
Sheffield took the lead early in the second as a tight battle began to ensue with the Rocks able to go into half-time with a slender advantage.
It was more of the same when play resumed for the second half with both teams exchanging leads throughout the period. Five straight points from Gareth Murray would give the Rocks the edge again ahead of the final 10 minutes.
The prospect of overtime loomed with the teams tied at 55-55 with 5:23 following a basket from Mike Tuck, but that would be Sheffield’s last score for over five minutes as Glasgow made a killer run.
Hayden Lescault scored seven of his 15 points in another big performance down the stretch in the decisive 12-0 spell for the Rocks.
Glasgow host Worcester on Sunday looking to continue their winning run of late, while Sheffield aim to bounce back on the road at Surrey Scorchers tomorrow.
BBL Championship
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 81 (16,38,67) (Martin 19, Defoe 14, Fletcher/Parks 11)
Bristol Flyers 62 (15,30,48) (Boggs 11, Streete/Cook 10)

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle made it eight wins from nine in the BBL Championship with a convincing 81-62 victory over Bristol Flyers, at Sport Central.

The Eagles fell behind in the third but responded with a pivotal 17-0 run and never looked back.

Scott Martin top scored with 19 points, followed by Darius Defoe’s 14 with Rahmon Fletcher adding seven assists to his 11 points.

After an even opening period, Newcastle made their move in the second and built an 11-point lead following a run that contained six points from Defoe

The Flyers were only down eight at the half and surged ahead in the third with Mike Vigor capping an 8-0 run with five consecutive points of his own to make it 44-45.

However, Martin reeled off six straight himself to spark a dominant run of 17 unanswered points from Newcastle as they claimed control in ruthless fashion.

Newcastle led by 19 at the end of the third and continued to pile on the points with a three from Deondre Parks making it 77-50 four minutes into the final period. The visitors stemmed the flow by allowing just four more points but the damage had been done.

Bristol now have a 1-6 record and are left to rue their high number of turnovers that were turned into 33 points by their opponents.

The Eagles move on to a huge clash in the capital on Sunday as they look to avenge their only loss of the season so far, away at London Lions.
Saturday 12th November
London Lions have completed the BBL Cup semi-final line-up after beating Leicester Riders 76-67 at Leicester Arena, behind a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds from Alex Owumi. Lions will now meet Esh Group Eagles Newcastle over two legs in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, in the BBL Championship, DBL Sharks Sheffield turned around a late deficit to edge Surrey Scorchers 83-80 and move up to fifth in the table. Tony Wroblicky scored crucial baskets in the last minute, and posted a double-double of his own, as Rashawn Rembert led the scoring with 21 points.
BBL Cup, Quarter-Final
Leicester Riders 67 (17,35,46) (Clarke 14, Washington 11, Bernardini 9)
London Lions 76 (29,48,57) (Owumi 17, Taylor 16, Williams 16)
London Lions have progressed to the BBL Cup semi-finals after overcoming Leicester Riders 76-67 at Leicester Arena, condemning Riders to a first defeat of the season. Lions, Cup winners in 2008, will meet Esh Group Eagles Newcastle in the semi-finals as they look to make it to the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, in January.
Lions came into this having won eight of their nine games so far this campaign, and they led from the first quarter, and throughout, in this game after breaking an early tie with six straight points as Kai Williams’ three-pointer made the score 15-9. Another Williams triple pushed it out to 20-11, and it was double-digits when former Rider Rashad Hassan scored.
That pair then added the first two scores of the second stanza, and Joe Ikhinmwin hit a triple to complete a 7-0 run for a 36-17 lead; Alex Owumi and Zaire Taylor also scored from beyond the arc in the second to maintain the lead.
But Riders, with the best defence in the BBL, slowed it down in the third and narrowed the gap as they held their visitors to just nine points in the quarter, before adding the first five points of the fourth to get it back to 57-51.
However, they could never quite close the gap with the Lions, as Taylor made 3/3 at the line when he was fouled and a technical foul was called on Drew Sullivan, and the lead was back out to 68-55.
Riders had one last go, when Eric Robertson and Conner Washington hit three-pointers in an 8-0 burst to make the score 68-63 inside the final three minutes. But a pair of Alex Owumi free-throws settled the Lions, and then Williams scored a crucial three-pointer to make it an insurmountable 73-63.
It is the first time, in five meetings, that Lions have beaten Riders in the Cup, and London’s first win in Leicester since January 2014. Owumi led all scorers with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Williams and Taylor each had 16.
BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers 80 (26,46,64) (Neighbour 23, Rollins 15, Taylor 15)
DBL Sharks Sheffield 83 (24,48,67) (Rembert 21, Tuck 18, Wroblicky 13)
DBL Sharks Sheffield edged Surrey Scorchers 83-80 on the road, with Tony Wroblicky scoring some crucial baskets in the final minute to settle a tight game. The win sees Sharks move up to fifth in the BBL Championship, as they recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time this season, and remain unbeaten in Surrey in the last four years with five straight wins.
Rashawn Rembert led their scoring with 21 points, with Mike Tuck adding 18, and Wroblicky posting a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The teams were close all the way through this game, despite Rembert scoring his team’s first ten points as the visitors led 10-5 early on. Will Neighbour’s three-pointer tied the teams at 10 – he led all scorers on the night with 23 points – and Surrey edged in front on Tayo Ogedengbe’s basket, leading after ten minutes.
Scorchers extended their lead, until Rembert hit consecutive triples, and Sharks were back in front when he connected from long-range once more to make it 43-41 inside the final two minutes of the half. Sharks led at half time, with Rembert already on 19 points as the team was shooting 53% from beyond the arc.
Sharks carried a 67-64 lead into the decisive fourth quarter as George Brownell made 3/3 at the free-throw line to end the third period. And they maintained their edge as the teams traded blows in the fourth, until Scorchers hit five in a row, taking the lead on Ogedengbe’s triple at 74-73.
Sheffield got the lead back when Cardell McFarland hit a three-pointer, at 79-78 approaching the final minute. And, despite going behind again, Wroblicky made a jump-shot with 38 seconds to play to put Sharks up 81-80. Quincy Taylor missed with 11 seconds to play, before Wroblicky held his nerve to make 2/2 at the line and force Scorchers to require a three-pointer to force overtime. That responsibility fell to Ogedengbe, but he missed under pressure as Sharks held on.
Sunday 13th November

Manchester Giants claimed their first win of the season, while Glasgow Rocks and Esh Group Eagles Newcastle just can’t stop winning at the moment.


The Giants outscored their opponents in every quarter en route to a 91-79 success against Surrey Scorchers behind 24 points from Jerelle Okoro.


Meanwhile, Deondre Parks poured in 28 points to help lead Newcastle to an impressive 81-88 victory away at London Lions.


Glasgow came from behind in their game against Worcester Wolves with Neil Watson netting 21 points in the 82-77 win.
BBL Championship
London Lions 81 (19,37,52) (Owumi 28, Hassan 19, Taylor 13)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 88 (20,52,63) (Parks 28, Fletcher 22, Defoe 18)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle avenged their only defeat of the season by beating London Lions 81-88 at the Copper Box Arena, on Sunday.
Fab Flournoy’s men improve to 9-1 after a double-winning weekend and square the head-to-head series with the Lions at 1-1.
Deondre Parks produced an impressive second quarter burst to help the Eagles pull away and finished with a game-high of 28 points in the win.
After trailing by one at the end of the first, the Lions moved ahead to take a 29-27 lead early in the second. However, the Eagles responded with a pivotal 23-6 spell as they opened up a 15-point advantage to take into the second half.
Parks was influential during the run and got a running floater to go at the buzzer to go to 17 points at the half.
London outscored their opponents in the third and used a 5-0 start to the fourth to close to within six points. The Eagles kept their composure, though, and were able to see out the game for an important victory.
Alex Owumi also had 28 points, but the Lions fell short despite making a late charge.
London Lions had beaten Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup on Saturday and will meet the Eagles again in the Semi-Finals of the competition.
BBL Championship
Manchester Giants 91 (26,52,74) (Okoro 24, Toluwase 22, Visockis 15)
Surrey Scorchers 79 (21,43,64) (Rollins 21, Neighbour 19, Taylor 17)
Manchester Giants ended their wait for a first win of the season after beating Surrey Scorchers 91-79 at home.
Jerelle Okoro led the home side with 24 points and was supported by a further 22 from Sam Toluwase in a strong display to break the Giants’ losing streak.
The lead changed hands several times throughout the opening period before the Giants managed to edge ahead with an 8-2 run across quarters and would never trail again.
Manchester began to build on their advantage and led by as many as 12 points before the interval break. There was no let up in the third and five straight from Okoro made it 68-51 in the home side’s favour.
Surrey mounted a brief fightback to trail by eight, but could not make any further inroads as the Giants powered to victory in the fourth with Toluwase scoring six in a row to make it a 19-point game at one stage.
Chaz Rollins paced the Scorchers with 21 points as they slipped to a second league loss on the weekend and are now 2-11 in the BBL Championship.
BBL Championship
Glasgow Rocks 82 (12,39,63) (Watson 21, Elechi 18, Achara/Bunyan/Murray 9) 
Worcester Wolves 77 (18,41,61) (Huffor 26, Setty 23, Klassen 11)
Glasgow Rocks recovered from a slow start to record their eighth straight victory in all competitions with an 82-77 success against Worcester Wolves.
The Rocks were boosted by a balanced scoring effort with all seven players scoring at least eight points in the win, led by Neil Watson’s 21-point haul.
Hayden Lescault added an all-round display of eight points, eight rebounds and six assists with Anthony Elechi netting 18 points.
It was Worcester’s Trevor Setty, who made the brightest start and poured in all of his 23 points in the first half with the visitors only able to call upon six players with four playing the full 40 minutes.
Wolves led by as many as nine in the opening half, but the Rocks began to make their shots from downtown and cut the gap to two heading into the interval.
Watson fired the Rocks ahead in the third with eight straight points and his side would have the advantage going into the final 10 minutes.
Watson netted another couple of big scores from downtown in the fourth, but the Wolves stayed with their opponents and were still within two before a 7-0 run proved decisive.
Danny Huffor had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Worcester as they drop to 3-6, while the Rocks improve to 7-1.
P
  PL W L Pts
1 Leicester Riders 9 9 0 18
2 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 10 9 1 18
3 Glasgow Rocks 8 7 1 14
4 London Lions 9 7 2 14
5 DBL Sharks Sheffield 10 5 5 10
6 Plymouth Raiders 8 4 4 8
7 Worcester Wolves 9 3 6 6
8 Cheshire Phoenix 7 2 5 4
8 Leeds Force 7 2 5 4
10 Surrey Scorchers 13 2 11 4
11 Bristol Flyers 7 1 6 2
11 Manchester Giants 7 1 6 2