British Basketball League 2016-17 round up (week 20)

Leicester Riders maintained their lead at the top of the BBL Championship after pulling off another come-from-behind overtime victory.

The league leaders trailed by as many as 12 early in the third away at London Lions before coming back to complete an 80-84 triumph in the extra period.

Taylor King top scored with 21 points in the absence of Tyler Bernardini with the Riders now 18-2 at the top.

“We’ve had a few of these [wins] this year,” declared Riders’ head coach Rob Paternostro.

“At Surrey, Plymouth and now London – three road games.

“We were 1-of-15 from 3-point range in the first half and things were not going well for us, but the guys never stopped believing.

“In the second half, our defence really got us back in the game and for the rest of the season our defence is going to be the main thing for us.”

Newcastle Eagles kept up the pressure with a convincing 90-65 win at home to Leeds Force on Friday as they avenged their defeat of last month.

Newcastle Eagles Orlan Jackman attack the rim against Leeds Force on Friday night. Photo: BBL

It was a great weekend on the road for Glasgow Rocks as they defeated both teams from the South-West back-to-back.

Kieron Achara posted 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 60-74 success at Bristol Flyers before top scoring with 19 points as the Rocks pulled clear late on to beat Plymouth Raiders 75-86.

Meanwhile, on Friday night, Worcester Wolves enjoyed another win in front of the BBC Sport cameras as they beat Manchester Giants 91-74 with 23 points apiece for Maurice Walker and Danny Huffor.

Surrey Scorchers boosted their Play-Off chances after holding off a late fightback from Cheshire Phoenix to record a 90-93 triumph away from home.

Gabe McCray netted a game-high 27 points, while Chaz Rollins added 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting to lead the Scorchers, who had led by 20 points at one stage.