BBL 2017-18 Recaps – Week 6

The latest recap of the action in the BBL with nine games taking place including the conclusion of the last eight stage of the Cup.

LEEDS FORCE 87-82 MANCHESTER GIANTS

The Yorkshire side ended their torrid start to the season by claiming their first win over fellow strugglers, Manchester.

Leeds poured in 29 points in the first period and led by 15 inside the final period before closing out the victory.

Tre Bennett handed out 12 assists to go with 18 points with Tavarion Nix also netting 18 points to inspire the Force win.

New signing Eric Curth added 14 points off the bench including 4-of-8 from downtown.

Callum Jones led the Giants with a game-high 19 points as they dropped to 0-6 on the season.

Box score.

LEICESTER RIDERS 75-73 PLYMOUTH RAIDERS

The reigning league champions bounced back from successive defeats as they held off Plymouth for a narrow home victory.

Leicester led by as many as 13 in the contest before falling behind in the final quarter at 61-63 with 4:32 remaining.

Andy Thomson stepped up with six straight points, finishing with 11 of his 20 points in the fourth to guide Riders to victory.

It was a 20th straight loss against Leicester for the Raiders, despite 21 points and seven assists from ex-Rider Neil Watson.

Riders move out to 4-1 in the league as Plymouth dropped to their fourth loss.

Box score.

LONDON LIONS 86-70 GLASGOW ROCKS

The Lions returned to winning ways in the league having lost their previous three as they overcame Glasgow at the Copper Box.

Justin Robinson shone with a 26-point haul as the hosts led from start to finish in the win.

The Lions led by 15 at the break and there was no way back for the Rocks as they were unable to record a fifth straight victory.

Kieron Achara top scored for the Rocks with 14 points with three other players in double figures.

Box score.

SURREY SCORCHERS 85-86 BRISTOL FLYERS

Bristol scored the final 10 points of the game to steal a one-point victory on the road against Surrey Scorchers.

Brandon Boggs finished with a game-high 27 points with Mike Vigor adding valuable support with 15 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

The Scorchers led 83-71 inside the final period before the Flyers stormed to victory with a 15-2 finish.

Darryl Palmer top scored for the home side with 18 points, while Jordan Williams had nine points, 11 rebounds and four assists on his return to the club.

Box score.

PLYMOUTH RAIDERS 70-75 LONDON LIONS

The Lions made it two from two on the weekend as they earned a hard-fought win away at Plymouth.

Mariusz Karol’s side had lost their three previous league games on the road, but improved to a 5-3 record after keeping the hosts at bay in the final period.

Plymouth had battled back from 12 down to tie the game in the fourth, but Justin Robinson was key for the Lions down the stretch to finish with 20 points.

Kinu Rochford had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Raiders as they fall to a 2-5 mark in the league.

Box score.

CHESHIRE PHOENIX 79-88 MANCHESTER GIANTS

Manchester were quick to put the disappointment of their loss against Leeds behind them after securing their first win in the North-West derby.

The Giants pulled away with a dominant second quarter and were able to weather the Cheshire comeback in the second half.

Austin Rettig netted 23 points, a tally matched by compatriot David Kadiri, who also added 13 rebounds, while Callum Jones handed out nine assists.

CJ Gettys put up 31 points and 13 rebounds for Phoenix, but their fightback came up short despite having made it a six-point game early in the fourth.

Box score.

Standings: Eagles 5-0; Sharks 5-1; Lions 5-3; Riders 4-1; Rocks 4-3; Flyers 3-2; Scorchers 3-4; Phoenix 2-3; Raiders 2-5; Wolves 1-3; Force 1-5; Giants 1-6


The BBL Cup quarter-final stage was completed with the three remaining ties played over the weekend.

NEWCASTLE EAGLES 79-80 CHESHIRE PHOENIX (Cup QF)

Cheshire pulled off a stunning late rally to knock out the holders of the Cup and advance to the last four.

Orlan Jackman was the hero against his former side with the game-winner, set up by Robert Sandoval, as Phoenix finished on a 13-0 run to stun Newcastle.

The Eagles looked in control after a strong start to the fourth, but failed to score again after building a 79-67 cushion heading into the closing stages.

Jaysean Paige had 22 points for the hosts, who were without Saah Nimley, and suffered their first loss on the season.

Box score.

SHEFFIELD SHARKS 93-64 SURREY SCORCHERS (Cup QF)

Sheffield avenged an opening night loss to Surrey as they powered into the semi-finals of the Cup.

The Sharks have now won six straight since that defeat and were in control from the outset – even without starting guard Mackey McKnight.

Chris Alexander led the way in the convincing victory with 23 points, while Dirk Williams added 18 points and Rob Marsden contributed eight points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

The Scorchers were aiming for a return to the last four stage, but could not recover from a slow start with Tony Hicks leading the team with 14 points.

Box score.

GLASGOW ROCKS 85-97 WORCESTER WOLVES (Cup QF)

Paul James’ side completed the semi-final lineup after recording a 12-point win at the Emirates Arena on Sunday.

Brandon Parrish and George Beamon combined for 43 points for the Wolves with three double-doubles including Dallin Bachynski’s 15 points and 14 rebounds display.

The Rocks were held to 12 points in the opening 10 minutes and despite doubling their tally in the next period, they faced a seven-point deficit at half-time.

Worcester pulled clear in the third and secured the win to move on in the Cup.

Box score.

SF draw:
Wolves v Sharks; Phoenix v Lions

Worcester have never reached the final, Sheffield were last of the four to win it in 2011.
Cheshire lost to Sheffield in the 2010 final, London (MK) won the competition in 2008.

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