Friday 9th December
There were two big wins on Friday night at both ends of the BBL Championship.
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle produced an impressive display to take down Leicester Riders 73-92 on the road in front of the BBC cameras as Deondre Parks top scored with 26 points.
Meanwhile, Bristol Flyers picked up their first win since September after Aaron Cosby netted 28 points on his home debut in a 96-79 win against Leeds Force.
Leicester Riders 73 (13,30,46) (King 22, Bernardini 10, Washington 9)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 92 (19,40,67) (Parks 26, Fletcher 24, Defoe/Jackman/Martin 12)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle put on a show in front of the BBC cameras after recording an impressive 73-92 road win against Leicester Riders.
Fab Flournoy reached the landmark of 2000 career assists as his side increased their lead at the top of the BBL Championship.
The Eagles came through a physical affair, but lost Scott Martin to an ankle injury while Flournoy and Darius Defoe both had momentary scares.
Deondre Parks and Rahmon Fletcher combined for 50 points, while Orlan Jackman tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds in a strong display.
After a tight opening, the Eagles began to edge away and a mid-range jumpshot from Defoe put his side 9-17 ahead in the first. The Riders battled back in the second to briefly lead, but a 10-2 close saw the visitors lead by 10 at the interval.
Newcastle started the third with a 12-4 burst to extend the gap to 18 points and would further increase their advantage to 46-67 by the end of the period.
Another Parks three made it a 28-point game, although the Riders did threaten an unlikely comeback after going on a 19-2 run. However, the Eagles wrapped up an important victory to improve to 13-2 in the league.
Their attention now turns to the BBL Cup as they stay on the road to face London Lions in the first leg of their Semi-Final clash, on Sunday.
Bristol Flyers 96 (27,49,78) (Cosby 28, Ali 19, Smith/Boggs 12)
Leeds Force 79 (20,42,58) (Sanders 24, Marsden 16, Sandoval/Harris 11)
Bristol Flyers ended a run of 11 consecutive league defeats as they recorded a convincing 96-79 win over Leeds Force.
Andreas Kapoulas’ side stormed clear in the third period en route to their first win since the opening weekend of the season.
Aaron Cosby justified his recent addition with a game-high of 28 points including a composed 11-12 from the free throw line on his home debut with five other players in double figures.
The home side never trailed in the contest and got off to the required start with an 8-0 run inside the opening ninety seconds.
Bristol increased their lead into double figures late in the second before a strong finish from the visitors cut the gap back down to seven at the half.
It was in the third where the damage was done as the Flyers went on a decisive 18-1 run, capped by a three from Cosby to make it 67-45.
The lead was as large as 27 points at one stage before Force rallied to reduce the deficit, though there was to be no way back.
Jermaine Sanders netted 24 points in the loss for Leeds as they drop to 3-8 ahead of Sunday’s home encounter with Plymouth Raiders, while Bristol are now 2-11.
Saturday 10th December
Quincy Taylor left it until the last three seconds to cap an amazing comeback as Surrey Scorchers beat Glasgow Rocks, making it three BBL Championship wins in a row and inflicting a first defeat in thirteen on Rocks.
Sunday 11th December
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle will take a seven-point lead into the second leg of their BBL Cup Semi-Final clash after defeating London Lions, 80-87.
Rashad Hassan top scored with a game-high 30 points with the Lions needing to overturn a seven-point deficit in order to reach the BBL Cup Final.
Jerelle Okoro led the Giants with 17 points as they fall to 3-9 after a run of defeats.
Leeds Force 87 (14,33,61) (Marsden 33, Sanders 19, Sandoval 15)
Plymouth Raiders 104 (25,50,77) (Nicholas 21, Corletto 20, Grady 19)
Plymouth Raiders recorded their seventh league win of the season after beating Leeds Force 87-104 on the road.
All five starters hit double figures in the win, led by Donte Nicholas’ 21 points, while Cory Dixon added nine rebounds and seven assists to his 18-point haul.
Last time out, the Raiders defeated the league leaders, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle and passed the century mark again in points for another convincing win.
It was an even start in the opening period before Plymouth closed with a 9-0 run to begin to pull away. The lead continued to grow and reached 20 points on a three from Corletto.
The visitors netted five triples in the opening four minutes of the second half to lead by as many as 31. Leeds responded with an 11-2 run and cut the gap to 16 ahead of the fourth.
Another burst saw Force reduce the deficit to single figures at 74-81. However, the Raiders produced a strong finish to wrap up the victory.
Rob Marsden finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds for Leeds, but they dropped their second game on the weekend to fall to 3-9.
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