British Basketball League round up (week 21)

Worcester Wolves stayed on top of the BBL league with an 89-82 win at home to the Glasgow Rocks.

The match itself had to be moved to the Worcester Sports Centre as the surrounding areas of the Worcester Arena fell victim to floods making the roads unsafe for the players and spectators alike.

Alex Owumi led the winners with 24 points as the Wolves recorded their 11th straight win to stay top. Great Britain international Gareth Murray had 21 to lead the Rocks.

It didn’t get much better for the side from Scotland as they lost the very next night (Saturday) 86-73 to the Plymouth Raiders.

Plymouth used a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to get the job done, they had trailed 62-57 at the end of three and struggled for control. The team from Devon fought back and were a step too quick for the Rocks.

Nick George led the Raiders with 22 points.

Newcastle Eagles stayed second as they edged the London Lions 83-77 in the north-east. Darius Defoe led the Eagles with 22 points as they honoured player/coach Fabulous Flournoy for being the BBL’s leading performance leader.

Chez Marks had 18 for the Lions.

Sheffield Sharks kept the pressure on the top two as they defeated Durham Wildcats 84-74 away from home.

Leading 63-48 heading into the final period, the Yorkshire side looked set for an easy victory, but Durham made a late fightback in front of their home fans but the Sharks remained focused and ended up with a double-digit win.

Olu Babalola led Sheffield with 20 points. RJ Evans led all scorers in vain for Durham with 24.

The other BBL game saw Surrey United gain only their third win of the season, as they beat winless Birmingham Knights 86-79 in the midlands.

It gives United the head-to-head over their fellow basement side as they look certain not to finish bottom.

Brendan McGill posted 25 points to lead Surrey. Brent Benson responded with 23 for the Knights.

BBL TROPHY

Holders the Sheffield Sharks are through to the last four after beating Plymouth Raiders 74-60 at the Plymouth Pavilions.

Nick Lewis was inspired as he posted 17 points, 9 rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Sharks in a fairly comfortable win.

Cheshire Phoenix are also through to the semi-finals after they comfortably saw-off England Basketball side Bristol Flyers 85-56.

The game was over after the first quarter, as the BBL side raced to a 30-11 lead and from there, the Flyers were always playing catch-up as the lead ballooned to 68-38 heading into the final period.

Victor Moses led the Phoenix with 25 points on the night.

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