It was a night for the lower end of the BBL Championship to take more centre stage, which produced two results that were more than likely before the start of the night, one that was always tipped to be tight, as well as another semi-finalist decided in the BBL Cup.
Knights @ Raiders
Despite the delay in tip-off, Plymouth Raiders managed to avoid a slip-up against the now 0-8 Birmingham Knights, winning out 119-72. Trevor Setty got the game warmed up with 12 points in the opening stanza, and a marvellous 15-0 run gave the South West side all the momentum they needed to see it through to the end, as Donald Robinson top-scored overall with a healthy 27 points.
Eagles @ Rocks (BBL Cup Quarter-Final)
After a disappointing first time loss to Durham Wildcats, it was always going to be difficult, whatever the competition, to pick themselves up against the mighty Newcastle Eagles. The first half of basketball was a close affair, but when Darius Defore helped kick start a third quarter 9-0 run for the visitors, it was the beginning of the end of Glasgow’s BBL Cup journey, with Flournoy’s side progressing with a 69-81 victory.
Wildcats @ Phoenix
For John Lavery and his Phoenix side, holding off Durham Wildcats’ late charge and secure their third W of the season with a 75-68 victory, will no doubt take all the momentum they need into next weekend’s clash against the struggling Rocks. Victor Moses made yet another double-double (22pts, 14 rbs), and joining him with 22 points was Reggie Middleton, whilst Ralph Bucci put in a strong performance again for the Wildcats. Check out the full report on this game right here.
United @ Giants
Surrey United made it up north for their fixture against Manchester Giants, but the journey back will be a long and quiet one no doubt, as they go home with their eighth league defeat from eight, as the home side ran out 102-60 winners. Stefan Gill and David Aliu combined for 53 points on the night, as Jeff Jones’ men led from beginning to end. Nobody said it would be easy for Surrey, but with 33% from the field, they will need to improve drastically if they are to be competitive.