- National Teams
The latest recap of the action in the BBL as nine games took place on the third weekend.
NEWCASTLE EAGLES 85-79 LONDON LIONS
Two teams went into Friday night’s contest with perfect 3-0 records, but it was the Eagles who stayed unbeaten after fighting back to tame the Lions.
London poured in 32 points in the third period to open up an 11-point gap at 55-66 before the home side rallied at the start of the fourth and tied the game on a four-point play from Saah Nimley.
Darius Defoe finished with a game-high 30 points with Jaysean Paige adding 18 points and seven assists.
The Lions were led by Justin Robinson’s 20 points and nine assists as they suffered their first loss of the season.
SHEFFIELD SHARKS 83-78 PLYMOUTH RAIDERS
Sheffield Sharks made it three wins in a row having dropped their opener after overcoming Plymouth Raiders.
The home side made a strong start and led by as many as 23 points in the contest and were able to hold off the Raiders fightback.
Dirk Williams led a balanced attack with 18 points with Chris Alexander and Zach Gachette adding 17 and 15 points respectively.
Brandon Penn fired in 30 points for the visitors, but their comeback fell short to drop to 1-2.
LEEDS FORCE 79-86 SURREY SCORCHERS
Leeds continue to search for an elusive first win after being denied down the stretch by Surrey.
The Scorchers had established a double-digit advantage late in the fourth before Leeds applied pressure with a 7-0 run only to come up short.
Tony Hicks kept his nerve at the line to seal the game and finish with a game-high of 20 points.
#BBLStats: With 18 points in Friday's victory, Tayo Ogedengbe also passed 3500 BBL Championship points. #BritishBasketball pic.twitter.com/PTsgWFTmrz
— Bradley Gains (@BradHoopsfix) October 15, 2017
SURREY SCORCHERS 84-80 WORCESTER WOLVES
It was a double-winning weekend for the Scorchers as they denied Worcester Wolves their first league win on Sunday.
Surrey raced out of the blocks in a 22-8 start, but saw the visitors battle back into the game with Brandon Parrish capping an 8-0 run in the fourth to tie the game at 77-77.
Alex Owumi immediately responded with a three and Tony Hicks’ late basket secured the win.
Gerald Robinson top scored with 20 points with George Beamon putting up 25 for Worcester in defeat.
PLYMOUTH RAIDERS 72-93 LEICESTER RIDERS
Leicester Riders also continued their unbeaten start as they powered their way to a 21-point road win in Devon.
Neil Watson had 25 points against his former side in his 100th league game, but having established an early eight-point lead, the Raiders were unable to maintain their start.
Riders used an 18-3 run to take control with Eric Robertson providing a spark off the bench on his way to 17 points with JR Holder leading the way with a 22-point haul.
🎥: Check out the highlights from today's @BBLOfficial victory vs the Raiders!
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— Leicester Riders (@RidersBball) October 15, 2017
CHESHIRE PHOENIX 80-86 GLASGOW ROCKS
Tony Garbelotto’s side avoided a third straight league defeat after a vital display from Martez Harrison down the stretch secured a first win for the Rocks.
The American guard scored six straight points as part of an 8-0 close to finish with 22 points as Glasgow recovered from an early 10-point deficit.
Kieron Achara added 20 points with Ali Fraser scoring 13 and adding five assists.
For Cheshire, their unbeaten start ended, despite 19 points for Malcolm Riley.
Standings: Eagles 4-0; Riders 3-0; Sharks/Lions 3-1; Scorchers 3-2; Phoenix/Flyers 1-1; Rocks 1-2; Raiders 1-3; Wolves 0-2; Giants 0-3; Force 0-4
The BBL Cup also began with three first round games taking place.
BRISTOL FLYERS 79-82 CHESHIRE PHOENIX
Cheshire survived an entertaining Cup tie as they knocked out Bristol Flyers away from home.
The game’s momentum swung back and forth and the Flyers cut the gap to a single point late on having been 10 down at 62-72, but Cheshire held on.
Malcolm Riley netted 24 points for the Nix with a 17-7-7 stat-line from Robert Sandoval, while Orlan Jackman posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds along with five assists.
🎥 Watch extended highlights as #BristolFlyers suffered an early exit to @CheshireNix in the #BBLCup.
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— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) October 16, 2017
WORCESTER WOLVES 101-80 MANCHESTER GIANTS
Worcester Wolves overcame a slow start to take down Manchester Giants in their Cup opener.
Harold Trobo had the hot hand early for the Giants, as they led 30-33 in the second quarter, but the home side raced clear to advance.
Brandon Parrish put up 27 points in the win for the Wolves with Austin Rettig leading the Giants with 20.
LONDON LIONS 103-54 LEEDS FORCE
Another heavy defeat for Leeds as the Lions bounced back from their first defeat in an emphatic manner.
Momcilo Latinovic had 15 of his 18 points in the first quarter in a 6-6 shooting start with London already up 31-5.
Brandon Peel added a double-double off the bench with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
Rocks v Wolves; Riders v Lions; Sharks v Scorchers/Raiders; Eagles v Phoenix