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The latest recap of the action in the BBL with six games taking place with just one unbeaten record remaining.
NEWCASTLE EAGLES 101-96 WORCESTER WOLVES
The Eagles fought back from 19 points down against Worcester to preserve their unbeaten start to the season.
Jaysean Paige poured in 37 points to propel his side to their fifth straight victory.
The Wolves led 42-51 at the half and extended the gap to 19 at 59-78 late in the third before the Eagles hit back with a dominant fourth quarter for the second week running.
Saah Nimley netted five triples in a 24-point haul with Darius Defoe adding 22 points as the duo combined with 83 of the 101 points along with Paige.
The visitors drop to 0-3 in the league with Alejandro Navajas top scoring with 20 points as one of six players in double figures.
— Bradley Gains (@BradHoopsfix) October 21, 2017
SHEFFIELD SHARKS 86-70 BRISTOL FLYERS
Sheffield’s win streak hit four on Friday night as they pulled clear in the second on their way to a 16-point triumph.
The Sharks were 0-7 behind early on but put up 36 points in the second period, including six triples with their opponents held to 2-of-21 shooting from 3-point range.
Tony Wroblicky posted a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds with Zach Gachette adding his fifth straight double-digit contribution from the bench with 14 points.
Bristol now have a 1-2 record in the league, despite Brandon Boggs’ 20 points.
LEICESTER RIDERS 82-84 GLASGOW ROCKS
Leicester’s unbeaten start to the league campaign ended as Glasgow Rocks edged out an impressive road triumph.
Jalen Billups starred with 27 points personal with Kieron Achara recording a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Neither side led by more than seven in a hard-fought contest with the Rocks putting together a pivotal 16-6 spell late in the fourth.
Riders had led 73-68 with under six to play, but were left to rue missed free throws down the stretch as well as the chance spurned to force overtime.
Rock. Jalen Billups (@jbills_21) 💥
— BBL (@BBLofficial) October 21, 2017
GLASGOW ROCKS 118-62 MANCHESTER GIANTS
Glasgow eased to their second win of the weekend after recording an emphatic 56-point victory at the Emirates Arena.
Kofi Josephs – on his home debut – and Ali Fraser both netted 18 points apiece from the bench with minutes spread out through the roster.
The Rocks were only up two after 10 minutes before pouring in 34 points before half-time and they finished in style with a 35-8 scoreline in the fourth to make it a double-winning weekend.
Jerelle Okoro had 18 for the Giants as they continue to search for a maiden win this season.
CHESHIRE PHOENIX 78-71 LONDON LIONS
Cheshire pulled off an improbable comeback having faced a 20-point deficit at home to the Lions during the third quarter.
Ben Thomas’ side powered to victory with a 32-13 final period with Malcolm Riley leading the way with 24 points.
CJ Gettys played a key role with 20 points and 12 rebounds as Orlan Jackman also completed a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards in the win.
The Lions – who appeared in control at 33-53 – dropped their second straight league game, despite a 20-point outing from Justin Robinson.
— BBL (@BBLofficial) October 22, 2017
Standings: Eagles 5-0; Sharks 4-1; Riders 3-1; Scorchers/Rocks/Lions 3-2; Phoenix 2-1; Flyers 1-2; Raiders 1-3; Wolves 0-3; Giants/Force 0-4
The BBL Cup first round was completed with the final opening game.
SURREY SCORCHERS 74-71 PLYMOUTH RAIDERS (Cup R1)
The Scorchers advanced to the last eight after holding off Plymouth Raiders at Surrey Sports Park.
Alex Owumi hit a dagger triple to put his side up six ahead of the final minute and Surrey held on for the win.
The home side took control with a 21-11 second quarter and were paced by Gerald Robinson’s 18 points.
Kinu Rochford had 20 points and 10 rebounds on his Plymouth debut with young Brit Denzel Ubario going 5-of-7 for his 11 points from the start.
Good team win tonight keep on moving forward 🏀 pic.twitter.com/2sBZyJjzbx
— Tayo Ogedengbe (@Tayotweets) October 22, 2017
Surrey’s victory secures a trip to Sheffield for a place in the semi-finals.
Rocks v Wolves; Riders v Lions; Sharks v Scorchers; Eagles v Phoenix