- National Teams
BBL regular season action returned this weekend after a week break which saw Surrey Scorchers claim the British Basketball All-Stars Championship at the Copper Box.
— British Basketball League (@BBLofficial) October 22, 2018
Here’s a round up of all the weekend’s action:
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 114-82 Surrey Scorchers
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle moved to a 4-0 start on the season with a convincing win against Surrey Scorchers on Friday evening.
— British Basketball League (@BBLofficial) October 20, 2018
Eagles poured in 38 points in the second period to take a commanding lead and never looked back.
Victor Moses had a huge game for the Eagles with a game-high 29 points along with 13 rebounds and three blocks, while Rahmon Fletcher handed out 13 assists to go with 13 points as five players reached double figures.
Jordan Williams led Surrey with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Worcester Wolves 86-92 Manchester Giants
Manchester Giants doubled their win tally for the season with another impressive road triumph at Worcester Wolves.
Neither side led by more than seven points throughout an exciting contest, but the Giants moved ahead with a 9-2 run in the fourth and never trailed again with Butler stepping up to make some big shots down the stretch to help seal the win.
Mike McCall top scored in the win with 20 points for the Giants as five players reached double figures including Torry Butler, who added 11 rebounds to his 18 points for a fine double-double.
Darell Combs had a game-high 29 for Worcester who also got 15 from Miki Servera 15.
DBL Sharks Sheffield 99-87 Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks
DBL Sharks Sheffield recorded a second win in a row for the first time this season after a strong home performance saw them overcome Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks.
Atiba Lyons handed debuts to Leslee Smith and Anthony Collins and the Sharks were able to inflict a fifth league loss on the Rocks.
Having trailed by seven in the second, Sheffield put together a 12-2 close to lead at the half and put up 31 points in the third as their lead ballooned out to 17 points and despite a fourth quarter fightback from the Rocks, the home side held on.
Chris Alexander was instrumental for the Sharks with 28 points including 12 of 12 free throws, but Matthew Don stepped up for his biggest game of the season with 9 of 11 shooting without a miss from downtown in a 25-point haul. Dirk Williams added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
Gareth Murray and Kieron Achara led Glasgow with 20 and 17 points, respectively.
Bristol Flyers 80-70 Plymouth Raiders
Bristol Flyers continued their strong start to the season with a fourth win in a row as they defeated South-West rivals, Plymouth Raiders.
The Flyers made their move in the third quarter after a tough first half as they established a 15-point advantage heading into the final 10 minutes.
Justin Gray led the way for the Flyers with 24 points in an efficient shooting display, while Delpeche added 10 rebounds to his 18 points and Edozie filled the stat-sheet with 10 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.
Joonas Jarvelainen had 20 to lead Plymouth and Donte Nicholas finished with 13 points and 8 assists.
Leicester Riders 83-79 London City Royals (OT)
Reigning BBL champions Leicester Riders came through in overtime to get their 2018/19 domestic campaign up-and-running, eventually overcoming London City Royals 83-79.
Riders trailed for most of a tense game, but recovered from a nine minute scoreless spell in the first half to make it count when it mattered late on.
Leicester were trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter, but finished with a 10-1 run as Andy Thomson scored five including two crucial free-throws to level it.
Overtime started with TrayVonn Wright finishing an alley-oop, and that set the tone as they dominated the extra period, opening 13-5 for what was a 23-6 spell over seven minutes, as Thomson added another five points and DeAndre Burnett scored six.
Captain Andy Thomson came up with big plays late on and finished with 12 points, along with Andre Burnett (16 points and 6 assists); while JR Holder led the scoring with 20 points, adding seven rebounds and seven assists.
Deyshonee Much led Royals with 17, Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 16 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Elvisi Dusha had 16 points.
Plymouth Raiders 85-103 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle moved to a 5-0 start on the season after beating Plymouth Raiders on the road.
— British Basketball League (@BBLofficial) October 21, 2018
Fab Flournoy’s side complete a double-winning weekend as they avoided a repeat of last season when their unbeaten start ended in Devon. The Eagles made a blistering start with 27 points in the opening quarter before Plymouth mounted their fightback and made it a four-point game in the third at 50-54. However, Newcastle restored control and powered to their fifth straight win.
Newcastle converted 61% from the field in a clinical display with 8 of 16 scored from downtown as they kept a continuous scoring pressure.
Jeremy Smith scored a game-high 27 points in 21 minutes before fouling out, while Victor Moses had 20 points and 16 rebounds with Rahmon Fletcher adding 16 assists to 16 points for Eagles.
Joonas Jarvelainen once again led Plymouth with 20, whilst Donte Nicholas had 12 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals.
Cheshire Phoenix 98-86 London City Royals
Cheshire Phoenix returned to winning ways at home as they saw off London City Royals, 98-86, on Sunday.
Big WIN for the Nix against @LDNCityRoyals ! Great support from the stands tonight!
— Cheshire Phoenix (@CheshireNix) October 21, 2018
Ben Thomas’ side move to 4-2 to stay in fourth spot, while it was a third loss in a row for the Royals, who are now 3-3 in their debut campaign.
The first quarter proved pivotal as the hosts raced into a 23-12 advantage to take early control. The score for the final 30 minutes as 75-74 as both teams went back and forth, though the Royals were unable to mount a comeback.
Momcilo Latinovic had a 22-point first half and finished with 27 with 9 of 11 shooting, while Jordan Session produced an impressive all-round display with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the win, and Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan a number of high flying dunks on his way to 19.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Will Neighbour led Royals with 28 and 25 points, respectively, with the former going 11-for-13 from the floor.
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 70-86 London Lions
London Lions returned to league action with a convincing 70-86 road victory away at Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks.
💬"We can score, we can put points on the board, we've just got to find a way to defend for 40 minutes"
Kenny Carpenter gave us his thoughts after a tough loss to London Lions. pic.twitter.com/tvoVRRHwoG
— Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks (@rocksglasgow) October 21, 2018
The Rocks suffered their second loss on the weekend and fall to the foot of the BBL Championship with a 1-6 record. The Lions made a strong start to hold the home side to 14 points in the opening quarter and continued to pull away to lead by as many as 19 in the contest as they held off any Rocks fightback.
Ladarius Tabb led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Justin Robinson also added 20 points and Jordan Spencer 9 assists with his 12 ponts in the win to help the Lions maintain their strong start.
Kieron Achara finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Glasgow.
Surrey Scorchers 99-86 Worcester Wolves
Surrey Scorchers picked up their second league win of the season as they defeated Worcester Wolves, 99-86, on Sunday.
It was a first home victory for Creon Raftopoulos’ side as they improve to 2-5, while the Wolves drop to a 1-5 record. The Wolves led by eight early in the second quarter, but Surrey poured in 32 points in the period to move ahead and quickly established a double-digit lead in the third to pull away for the win.
Will Atwood scored a game-high 26 points including six triples, whilst adding nine rebounds with Tayo Ogedengbe adding 24 points in the win as the duo combined for 50 points. Josh Steel finished with a 14 point, 10 rebound double double.
Adam Thoseby’s 21 led Worcester, who got 16 points and 7 assists from Darrell Combs.