British Basketball league round up (week 16)

With the BBL Cup Final between Leicester and Newcastle dominating this weekend’s action. It was a condensed schedule in Great Britain.

Surrey United got their first win of the season thanks to a 40-point fourth quarter, leading to a 94-87 win over the Manchester Giants at Surrey Sports Park.

The Guildford-based side were down 75-54 heading into the final period as a 19th straight defeat looked on the cards.  A 28-7 burst from the hosts though tied the game at 82-82 and they mustered enough energy to keep the momentum going to get a monumental victory.

Brandon McGill led the winners with 25 points. David Aliu amassed 23 for the Giants as the north-west side slump further down the table.

It was a rare bit of joy for United as they started the weekend with an 84-64 loss to Sheffield Sharks.

After a close first quarter that saw Sheffield only slightly ahead 28-27, they breezed away gently in the second before storming clear in the third 72-51 and from there the result was never in doubt.

Patrick Horstmann led the way for Sheffield with 15 points while Ceslovas Kucinskas scored 22 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Surrey.

Birmingham Knights now remain the only winless team in the British Basketball League after they were beaten 95-73 by the Glasgow Rocks in Scotland.

Great Britain international Gareth Murray led the Rocks with 23 points in a routine win for his side. Brent Benson had 16 for the Knights.

With the BBL Cup final this weekend, it was a golden opportunity for the Worcester Wolves to extend their lead at the top of league, which they did thanks to an easy 90-66 home win over the Durham Wildcats.

The Wolves have remained unbeaten at the University of Worcester Arena for more than two months as they raced to an 11-2 run to start the second period to lead 45-30 at half-time. From there, the Wildcats were never in the game.

Alex Owumi led the Wolves with 27 points and Will Creekmore adding 21.

Danny Huffor led the Wildcats with 20 points.