Around the NBL - Week 9 -

Around the NBL – Week 9

Check out our final round-up of 2014, looking at all the action across the four divisions of the NBL

Division One

Essex Leopards (6-1) were unable to take their unbeaten record into 2015 as they were beaten 89-86 on the road by Worthing Thunder (5-5).

The home side claimed the final quarter 29-20 on their way to victory, led by Milton Chavis’ 29 points and Hank Rivers added a customary double-double of 13 points and 17 boards. Essex were led by David Ajumobi’s 35 point haul, while Will Ashby added 21.

Derby Trailblazers (9-2) took advantage to build a six-point lead at the top heading into the New Year after they ended 2014 with a 112-96 victory away at NASSA (1-8). There were two other road wins on Saturday as Bradford Dragons (3-7) defeated Leicester Warriors (5-4) 81-63, and Manchester Magic (6-4) beat Hemel Storm (4-6) 84-70.

In the only game on Sunday, Reading Rockets (6-3) continued their winning run with a convincing 97-76 home win over Westminster Warriors (2-7). Alex Zurn top scored with 26 points, while Sergi Guardia dished out 7 assists to compliment his 17 point haul and captain Danny Carter added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Division Two

Lancashire Spinners (9-1) finished 2014 with a double-winning weekend on the road in London. On Saturday, the league leaders were without Andre Gayle and Josh Haughton, and recorded a 76-71 win over Eastside Eagles (3-6). The hosts were led by Taner Adu’s 17 points. The next day saw the Spinners defeat Brixton Topcats (4-5) 103-96 in overtime with Steven Gayle top scoring with 34 points.

London Lituanica (6-1) pulled off an important win on their travels as they defeated Ipswich (7-3) 95-86. Loughborough Student Riders (6-4) also won away from home, beating Birmingham Mets (2-8) 88-61, with Will Maynard scoring 22 points.

Division Three

There were just two registered games following a number of postponements. In the North, Liverpool (11-1) moved joint top alongside Nottingham Hoods with an 85-71 home win against Team Birmingham (6-6). Chris Bigley led the hosts with 21 points.

Solent Kestrels (8-0) narrowly held on to their perfect record in the South after beating Hackney White Heat (4-5) 58-55.

Division Four

Myerscough College Giants (10-1) maintained their lead at the top with a crushing 103-63 win against Leeds Tigers (4-5). Team Newcastle University (9-0) remain unbeaten ahead of the Christmas break after beating Gateshead Phoenix (7-4) 95-50, with Tayo Oyefusi doing this! Tameside (8-2) kept up the pressure on the top two in the North with a dominant 94-54 victory away at winless Liverpool II (0-8). Meanwhile, Lancashire Spinners II (5-6) defeated Kendal Warriors (1-10) 63-47 on the road.

Bud Johnston led Sussex Bears (8-2) to an 80-64 road win at Brighton Cougars (6-3) with a 37-point performance to take them level at the top of the South-East group. Also, Kent Crusaders II (5-4) ran out comfortable 66-38 winners at home to London Greenhouse Pioneers II (0-9).

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