British Basketball League round up (week 18)

Six games were played this weekend and it was the Durham Wildcats who enjoyed week 18 the most as they celebrated a pair of wins, while Worcester Wolves and Cheshire Phoenix needed overtime in a battle of the in-form teams.

Durham Wildcats thrashed Surrey United 102-55 in the north-east on Friday night as a 20-3 surge in the first quarter quickly sealed the win for Lee Davie’s side, as they secure their first home win since November.

Kirk Crecco led the winners with 22 points with RJ Evans adding 17. Surrey were led by Ceslovas Kucinskas’ 16 points.

The Wildcats weekend was complete when they defeated a championship contender in the form of London Lions 83-72 at the Copper Box.

It snapped London’s three-game winning streak and moved Durham closer to the playoff places with this surprise win. Mike Allison led the Wildcats with 19 points. Chez Marks’ game-high 30 points was not enough for the Lions.

Worcester Wolves won their eighth straight and ended Cheshire Phoenix’ six-game winning streak but needed overtime in their 89-85 win.

Leading 80-78 with 20 seconds left, Cheshire were looking to hold on for a big win when Zaire Taylor stepped up to score and send the game to overtime. From there, Worcester took control and grabbed the win in the extra five minute period.

Will Creekmore led the Wolves with 26 points with Dominque Coleman leading all scorers in vain for the Phoenix with 27.

Cheshire though got back to winning ways as their starting five scored an incredible 103 points in a 104-95 win over Manchester Giants.

Dominique Coleman, Reggie Middleton and Victor Moses combined for 89 points in the win, Coleman had 33, as they came from behind to defeat their north-west rivals.

The other two games saw BBL champions Leicester Riders overpower basement side Birmingham Knights 106-55. Jay Cousinard had 17 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Riders.

Newcastle Eagles comfortably beat the Plymouth Raiders 98-71 on Tyneside, as Darius Defoe poured in 26 points to lead the BBL Cup finalists to victory against a trouble Plymouth side struggling to find chemistry at the moment after losing scoring threat Trevor Setty and big man Shane Walker for off-court reasons.