British Basketball League round up 2016-17 (week 4)

London Lions claimed a memorable 88-78 victory over Newcastle Eagles on Friday for their first league win in Newcastle in 13 years.

Nigel Lloyd’s side trailed 75-70 in the final quarter before producing a strong finish to inflict a first loss on the Eagles and maintain their own unbeaten start.

Brothers Kai and Jamal Williams combined for 40 points, while Rashad Hassan posted a stellar double-double with 21 points and 12 boards.

“It was a big win for us,” said Lloyd. “We are playing better and were delighted to get the win on the road.

“However, we know that Newcastle were without one of their top players and Deondre Parks was a big loss for them.

“We know there is a long, long way to go but we are confident and we have to keep moving in the right direction.”

Leicester Riders continue to set the bar at the top of the BBL Championship as they enjoyed a double-winning weekend on the road.

Rob Paternostro’s side brushed aside Leeds Force in a 103-39 rout on Friday before overcoming the challenge of Cheshire Phoenix with a 100-90 victory on Sunday.

Tyler Bernardini missed just one shot on his way to 32 points as the Riders made it a 6-0 start to the league campaign.

Meanwhile, Surrey Scorchers broke their league drought with a 81-76 road win over Sheffield Sharks, who in turn bounced back with a narrow 57-59 success at Bristol Flyers the following day.

Glasgow Rocks were another team to win twice away from home after they followed up an 94-81 victory at Worcester Wolves with a 84-69 triumph over Surrey to make it three wins from four in the league.

Plymouth Raiders joined the Rocks on a 3-1 record after Anton Grady netted 28 points in a dominant 114-63 win at home to Manchester Giants.