2014-15 British Basketball League round up (week 21)

London Lions roared past Sheffield Sharks in the BBL Trophy quarter-final, booking a place in the next round after an 86-80 victory against the visitors from Sheffield at home on Friday evening.

Lovell Cook helped the hosts ice the game from the line and he finished the game with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Makal Stibbins added a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Mike Tuck was the leading scorer for Sharks with 22 points, while Bryan Holmes chipped in with 18 in a losing effort.

Meanwhile in the championship, league leaders Newcastle Eagles celebrated yet another victory and improved to a 21-2 mark following a convincing 98-71 victory against the visiting Durham Wildcats.

Elsewhere, Plymouth Raiders scored a much-needed victory on the road at the Emirates Arena, taking down Glasgow Rocks 104-99 to boost their chances in the playoff race.

GB international Ben Mockford led the way with a sublime 31 points for the Raiders.

However, Bristol Flyers registered perhaps the most dramatic victory of the day, coming from behind to defeat Surrey United 70-62 after a 16-point swing in the fourth quarter.

Newcastle Eagles strengthened their position atop the championship table after a dominant first half performance saw them to an 89-95 defeat of Leicester Riders, the second time they have beaten their third-placed rivals this month.

Eagles recorded their sixth straight win, and secured the head-to-head against Riders, as five of their players hit double-figures, led by Andy Thomson’s 16 points, with Rahmon Fletcher adding 14 and eight assists.

There was plenty of drama on Sunday, as all eight teams in action were involved in close-knit games, crowned by an up-tempo basketball spectacle at Plymouth Pavilions. Playing on the road, Cheshire Phoenix came out away with a 116-107 victory against Plymouth Raiders in a high-scoring shootout.

Demond Watt had a game-high 33 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, Mike DiNunno scored 27 points off the bench, while David Aliu and Taylor King chipped in with 21 points apiece.

Ben Mockford carried on from his had 29 points on 7-of-14 shooting from three-point range for Raiders. Gareth Murray added 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Joshua Wilcher added a big double-double of 11 points and 17 assists.

Elsewhere, the luck was also with the road teams, as Leicester Riders, Worcester Wolves and Glasgow Rocks all celebrated wins away from home.

Riders overcame a slow start to top last-placed Surrey United 102-91 on the second night of a back-to-back, bouncing back from Saturday’s loss to the Eagles.

Wolves put together an exceptional defensive display in the second half, defeating Durham Wildcats 66-58 after allowing their opponents to score only 20 points in the second half.

Meanwhile, Rocks held off playoff race rivals Manchester Giants 77-70, climbing all the way to sixth in the championship table following the game.

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