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Leicester Riders bounced back from a tough December with a double-victory weeked in Week 14 of BBL action.
Here’s a round up of all the games:
DBL Sharks Sheffield 69-90 Leicester Riders
Leicester Riders returned to winning ways in style with a convincing 69-90 road win at DBL Sharks Sheffield.
After a high-scoring opening quarter, the Riders made their move in the second to lead by eight at the half and they continued to pull away with big threes at key times, whilst keeping the Sharks to 15 points or less for the final three quarters.
Pierre Hampton top scored in the win with 22 points, while the trio of JR Holder, Conner Washington and Andrew Burnett all added valuable scoring support with 13 points apiece.
Rob Marsden led Sheffield with 20, Dirk Williams had 19 and Chris Alexander finished with 15.
London Lions 81-68 Bristol Flyers
London Lions continue to look very strong at the top of the BBL Championship as they opened 2019 with an 81-68 victory over Bristol Flyers.
.@JJRob_LDN puts defender in the mixer and splashes the three as @London_Lions finish off Bristol! 💦🇬🇧🏀 #Hoopsfix #BritishBasketball pic.twitter.com/cHHLk2wGH8
— Hoopsfix 🇬🇧🏀 (@Hoopsfix) January 5, 2019
Vince Macaulay’s side see their advantage increase as they move to 13-2 with the Flyers now at 7-4 in fifth place.
Jalan McCloud hit two buzzer-beaters in the first half, the second of which put the Flyers up three heading into the interval. However, the Lions stepped things up in the second half to re-gain control at both ends to take the victory.
Bristol were held to just 10 points in the third and then endured a scoreless spell of over four minutes as the Lions took advantage.
Justin Robinson and Brandon Peel netted 19 points apiece in the win for the Lions, Jordan Spencer added 7 assists, with Ladarius Tabb posting another double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
Fred Thomas and Jalan McCloud led Bristol with 14 each, and Justin Gray had 12.
Leicester Riders 94-86 Worcester Wolves
Leicester Riders recorded their eighth league victory of the season, escaping Worcester with a 94-86 display at Morningside Arena.
Having been trailing early, behind an insane first 26-point first half performance from Robert Crawford, the home team produced a devastating display in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. The hosts opened the period on a 12-2 run and held the visitors to just eight points in the quarter.
JR Holder (25) and DeAndre Burnett (22) combined for half of the Riders points, including some vital baskets down the stretch. The pair also added 10 rebounds and seven assists between them. Conner Washington added 12 and 7 assists.
Crawford finished with 32, Lester Prosper had 30 points and 16 rebounds and Darrell Combs 10, whilst Miki Servera served 10 assists.
London City Royals 97-90 Manchester Giants
London City Royals remain unbeaten at home in league action, and strengthened their place in the BBL Championship Play-off spots, with a 97-90 defeat of Manchester Giants.
Ashley Hamilton (@Agphamilton) with the incredible chasedown block for @LDNCityRoyals vs Manchester last night! ⛔️🇬🇧🏀 #Hoopsfix #BritishBasketball pic.twitter.com/yTR0R841Pp
— Hoopsfix 🇬🇧🏀 (@Hoopsfix) January 6, 2019
Royals move to joint-sixth in the table, with a 7-6 record, but importantly the win prevented Giants from going above them and gave Royals the head-to-head between the sides.
The teams were tied heading into the final two minutes, but Matthew Bryan-Amaning sparked a run of eight straight points, which also included an emphatic dunk from the British big man as he scored six of those, and Royals led 96-88 with a minute to play.
Will Neighbour, missed only twice on his way to 22 points, Bryan-Amaning and Ashley Hamilton finished with 16 and Orlan Jackman had 15, whilst Jules Dang Akodo had 7 assists.
Ingus Bankevics went 5-of-6 from three for his 22 points for Manchester, Vlatko Granic had 18, and James Jones 13.
Surrey Scorchers 78-105 Manchester Giants
Manchester Giants bounced back from Saturday’s defeat with another convincing road win at Surrey Scorchers, 78-105.
Quincy Taylor had all of his 15 points in the opening quarter as Surrey led after 10 minutes, but the visitors powered ahead in the second to open up a 19-point advantage by the half. The Scorchers got back to within nine before a 9-0 close from the Giants and they eased to victory.
Torry Butler had 24 of his game-high 30 points in the first half for the Giants, whilst also adding 12 rebounds. Willie Clayton also posted a double-double with 20 points and 18 boards with Vlatko Granic adding 22 points.
Tayo Ogedengbe’s 28 points would not be enough for Surrey, with Anthony Elechi joining him and Taylor in double digits with 10.
Danny Byrne’s side pick up their sixth league win, while the Scorchers drop to 3-12 as they were unable to back up their first win of 2019 on New Year’s Day.
Plymouth Raiders 83-91 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle start the New Year as they ended 2018 with a strong 83-91 win on the road, against Plymouth Raiders.
After an even first half, the Eagles took control in the third to open up a double-digit lead. Plymouth hit back in the fourth to draw level at 83-83 before the visitors closed the game out with the last eight points including a big triple from Kyle Williams. Newcastle hit 11 threes in the contest at 40% accuracy.
Victor Moses top scored with 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting with all seven scorers in double figures for the Eagles with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double from Darius Defoe, while Rahmon Fletcher handed out 9 assists.
Rashad Hassan led Plymouth with 24, whilst Josh Wilcher had 19 and 9 assists, Joonas Jarvelainen 17 and Donte Nicholas 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists.
The Raiders missed the chance to go level with the Eagles ahead of their meeting next Friday to open Newcastle’s new arena.
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 101-96 Cheshire Phoenix (OT)
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks closed the gap on the top eight after outlasting Cheshire Phoenix 101-96 in overtime for the home win.
Rocks came out firing with 38 points in the first 10 minutes, but were gradually pegged back by the visitors and needed a late tip-in from Kenny Carpenter to force the extra period and Gareth Murray hit a big three to give Glasgow control.
Ali Fraser led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds with Carpenter also posting a double-double of 21 points and 11 boards including the crucial offensive outback late in regulation. Gareth Murray added 17.
CJ Gettys had 21 and 10 rebounds to lead Cheshire, with Jalen Hayes adding 17 and Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan having 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Rocks are now at 5-9 in the league with Cheshire dropping to 6-8 as they fall out of the Play-Off places.