- National Teams
The latest recap of the action around the NBL from Week 7 of the 2016-17 season.
Manchester Magic survived a scare against Team Birmingham Elite to continue their title defence with a 72-73 victory. The home side were led by K Williams’ 28 points and produced a 33-21 final period to close the gap before just falling short.
Kent Crusaders recorded another convincing win over D1 opposition as 22 points from RJ Eytle-Rock helped them take down Essex Leopards, 94-67. Meanwhile, Reading Rockets defeated Hemel Storm 67-84 on the road behind a combined 38 points from Chris Hooper and Craig Ponder.
Bradford Dragons came through an overtime thriller with Lancashire Spinners to claim a 114-109 triumph in the Fourth Round encounter despite 29 points from Connor Murtagh. Derby Trailblazers saw off Loughborough Student Riders with an 84-76 win, while Kayne Henry-McCalla’s 26-point haul wasn’t enough to prevent London Westside falling to a 66-74 defeat at home to Westminster Warriors.
There are still two Round 4 games to be played before the Quarter-Final line-up is completed.
Derby Trailblazers (5-0) remain unbeaten at the top of D1 after coming from behind to beat Solent Kestrels 64-84. The visitors trailed by nine at the half but dominated the second half with Josh Ward-Hibbert posting 20 points in his side’s fifth victory.
Meanwhile, Loughborough Student Riders (4-0) are also still unbeaten after they defeated London Lituanica (1-3) 81-72 at the weekend despite 29 points and 17 rebounds from Ausridas Petraitis. Manchester Magic (4-0) made it four from four as Stefan Gill netted 28 points in a 72-82 win at Leicester Warriors (1-3).
Team Northumbria (5-1) continued their strong start with a 71-86 road success at Lancashire Spinners (1-3) before recording a comfortable 98-67 victory at home to Worthing Thunder (1-4) on Sunday with Blayne Freckleton leading the way with 27 points.
Also, Bradford Dragons (3-1) claimed their third league win after beating Worthing Thunder 106-84 as Rihard Sulcs led the way with 26 points on 13-17 shooting. The visitors were again led by Lyonell Gaines, who finished with 38 points and 12 rebounds with Brendan Okoronkwo adding 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Kent Crusaders (4-0) are still unbeaten in D2 after beating London Greenhouse Pioneers (3-1) 86-79 at the weekend with John Shodipo leading the way with 23 points. Doncaster Danum Eagles (1-3) claimed their first league success as they held off Newham Neptunes (1-3) with Liam Knapp netting 26 points in the 87-83 win.
Derbyshire Arrows (3-1) were victorious in another nail-biter as they denied Liverpool (0-3) a first win with a 72-74 road triumph, while London Westside (1-3) defeated Ipswich (0-2) 69-60 behind 22 points from Kayne Henry-McCalla.
Also, Nottingham Hoods (1-3) fell to an 80-88 loss at home to undefeated Thames Valley Cavaliers (3-0) with the visitors keeping pace with the league leaders, Kent.
University of Chester (5-0) continued their unbeaten start in D3 North with a 62-69 victory on the road against Worcester Wolves II (3-2) after a strong final quarter effort. Team Birmingham Elite held off Charnwood Riders with a 73-59 win, while Kieran Jones poured in 36 points to lead Stoke-on-Trent Knights (3-1) past Birmingham Mets (0-3), 78-71.
Meanwhile, Myerscough College Spinners (3-1) defeated Mansfield Giants (1-4) 91-73 and Coventry Tornadoes (2-2) claimed a 67-62 win over Sheffield Hallam Sharks (2-2).
In D3 South, Team Solent Kestrels II (2-0) claimed their second win with a 97-83 victory at home to Middlesex LTBC (4-2), while Northants Thunder (2-0) recorded a 77-88 success away at Thames Valley Cavaliers (0-5). Elsewhere, Southwark Pride (0-2) were beaten 48-52 at home to Greenwich Titans (2-4).
Team Sunderland (3-1) moved joint-top in the North after beating Tameside (3-1) 81-71 behind 28 points from Alan Slasor. Manchester Giants II (2-0) enjoyed a double-winning weekend with Daniel Pilkington scoring 31 points in a 40-90 win at Sefton Stars II (0-3) before adding 19 in a following 84-51 victory against Kendal Warriors (0-4).
There was also a convincing 71-44 victory for Calderdale Explorers (2-1) over Barrow Thorns (1-2) with Nathaniel Akins netting 35 points, while Leeds Force Academy (2-1) edged out Kingston Panthers (3-2) 63-66 on the road as Micah Savery-Richards scored 20 points in the win.
In the Midlands, Northants Taurus (4-0) continued their unbeaten start with a 79-94 victory away at Shropshire Warriors (3-1), while City of Birmingham (1-3) defeated Sheffield Sabres (2-3) 57-71 on the road behind Zach Powell’s 31 points. Warwickshire Hawks (3-1) beat Kings Lynn Fury (1-3) 78-61 with Ashley Dickson scoring 28 points, while Nottingham Hoods II (1-3) eased past Birmingham Mets II (0-4), 94-39.
Middlesex Saxons (3-1) climbed to a share lead at the top of the South-East after beating Barking Abbey Crusaders (2-2) 64-60 as Jamel Felix netted 24 points. Folkestone Saints (3-1) joined the top two on three wins from four with a 61-78 success at Anglia Ruskin University (0-5) behind Jake Murphy’s 30 points. Also, Essex Blades (3-2) beat Kent Crusaders II (3-1) 93-51 and London Thunder Lewisham (2-1) claimed a 71-86 win at Chelmsford Lions (1-3).
In the South-West, Swindon Shock (4-0) remain perfect after seeing off Woking Blackhawk Flyers (1-1) 78-82 on the road with Lee Hobbis scoring 27 points. Plymouth Rebels (0-2) were beaten 69-75 at home to Bristol Storm (1-2), while Southampton University Sharks (1-2) held off Cardiff City (2-1) for a 72-68 triumph.