- National Teams
Worthing Thunder and Solent Kestrels will meet in the quarter-finals of the BBL Trophy after both teams knocked out BBL opposition over the weekend.
NBL Division 1 leaders Solent were first to advance as they pulled off an impressive 82-92 triumph over London Lions at UEL’s Sports Dock.
— B OK (@BrendanOko) January 5, 2020
Travis Charles led the visitors with 26 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three blocks as they raced out of the blocks and never looked back, leading by as many as 20 points in the contest.
Two-time reigning league MVP Justin Robinson paced the Lions with 19 points with Ovie Soko and Jorge Romero absent, though the Kestrels were also without leading scorer Elliott Sentance.
Meanwhile, Worthing set up the all-D1 tie as they held on to see off Manchester Giants for an 84-88 victory behind 22 points from Alex Owumi.
A dominant 15-31 opening quarter from the visitors set the tone, and despite a late 10-0 run from the Giants – still without a win this season – they secured the victory.
They could … in the sense that aliens *could* land on the roof of the Copper Box tomorrow.
— Mark Woods (@markbritball) November 26, 2019
— Worthing Thunder 🏆 (@WorthingThunder) January 5, 2020
It’s the second year in a row that Worthing have knocked out BBL opposition having defeated Surrey Scorchers in last season’s competition.
Elsewhere, Matt Scott exploded for 42 points as London City Royals defeated Surrey 83-102 on the road in their first game in three weeks.
Glasgow Rocks brushed aside Basketball Wales 97-34; Newcastle Eagles crushed Dunfermline Reign 133-61 and there were wins for Sheffield Sharks and Cheshire Phoenix.
BBL Trophy quarter-finals:
Worthing Thunder v Solent Kestrels
London City Royals v Bristol Flyers/Leicester Riders
Newcastle Eagles v Sheffield Sharks
Glasgow Rocks v Cheshire Phoenix