Leicester Riders 77 (16,33,51) (Bernardini 20, Gruis 15, Watson 15)
Sheffield Sharks 56 (17,30,41) (Tuck 22, Robinson 14, Odister 7)
Bristol Flyers 77 (23,43,58) (Streete 22, Seilund 20, Lee 11)
Worcester Wolves 82 (20,37,63) (Blackwell 16, Losonsky 16, Couisnard/Jordan 15)
Worcester Wolves produced a second half comeback to beat Bristol Flyers 82-77 and jump above Sheffield Sharks into third place in the BBL Championship.
Flyers came into the game on four consecutive defeats, missing their leading scorer Cardell McFarland (concussion) and without a win against the Wolves in the BBL Championship (now 0-6). But, chasing down a Play-off spot, they raced out to a 14-4 lead as Doug McLaughlin-Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers.
Jay Couisnard scored consecutively to spark an 8-0 response from the Wolves, but they trailed for much of the first half. In the second stanza, Mathias Seilund and Thomas Tinsley hit three-pointers, and when Greg Streete added two more the hosts were 43-32 up, having scored 7/10 from long-range.
But Wolves set about narrowing the gap after the break, getting back to within one shot on Couisnard’s triple, and that inspired a huge turnaround with a 14-3 surge that saw them take the lead on Javier Mugica’s basket, at 59-53.
A low-scoring start to the fourth suited Wolves, against the league’s lowest-scoring side, as the teams shared just six points in five minutes. And the hosts struggled to get close as Pavol Losonsky and Perris Blackwell kept Wolves ticking over, and they made 7/9 late free-throws.
There was one last spurt when Seilund, twice, and Streete scored three-pointers inside the final thirty seconds, giving them a shot at 80-77 with 12 seconds to play. But Mugica made two crucial free-throws and settled it for the visitors.
Wolves spread the scoring load on the night, with Losonsky and Blackwell scoring 16 each, while Couisnard and Aaron Jordan added 15 each.
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