Newcastle Eagles 89-110 Manchester Giants (34-29, 49-47, 68-79, 89-110)
(Eagles: J.Gordon – 23, W.Person Jr – 19, D.Defoe – 14; Giants: G.Artison – 24, T.Armstrong – 23, D.Ulph – 14)
Bristol Flyers 75-72 Sheffield Sharks (18-12, 37-24, 45-39, 63-63, 75-72)
(Flyers: T.Jacob – 17, M.Evans – 13, R.Thomas-Edwards – 12; Sharks: D.Wallace – 25, R.Glasgow Jr – 9, A.Johnson – 8)
Surrey Scorchers 95-86 Glasgow Rocks (24-21, 46-42, 70-63, 95-86)
(Scorchers: D.Ringer – 20, L.Hamrick – 17, T.Ogedengbe – 12; Rocks: J.Harris – 21, G.Murray – 20, J.Johnson – 14)
Leicester Riders 80-59 Cheshire Phoenix (14-11, 39-26, 64-41, 80-59)
(Riders: G.Crandall – 13, P.Whelan – 13, Okay.Mackenzie – 10; Phoenix: L.Austin Jr – 18, M.Ochereobia – 12, T.Okereafor – 10)
Manchester Giants had been very spectacular in entrance of the Sky Sports cameras tonight, beating Newcastle Eagles on the highway, whereas Bristol Flyers, Surrey Scorchers and Leicester Riders all received in entrance of their residence crowds.
Up on Tyneside, it was the Eagles who received off to the higher begin, main at half-time by two factors, however they surrendered after a Giants comeback led by Geno Artison – who scored 24 and went 6-7 from behind the arc, and Tyrik Armstrong – who dropped 23 and went 90% from the sector with 11 assists too.
Despite shedding by over 20 factors, all 5 Eagles starters reached double-digits for factors, with Rahmon Fletcher contributing a ten-point 14-assist double-double, Justin Gordon main the workforce on factors with 23, and Darius Defoe going 6-7 from the sector.
Meanwhile in Bristol, the Flyers required additional time to defeat Sheffield Sharks, who got here from behind to stage issues up within the last quarter, however Devante Wallace’s spectacular game-high of 25 factors wasn’t sufficient ultimately.
Five Flyers’ gamers reached double figures for factors, in comparison with Sharks’ one, with Trejon Jacob main the house workforce in factors with 17, in addition to main the sport in rebounds with 11 to spherical off a terrific double-double on the best way to victory.
Elsewhere in Surrey, the Scorchers held on for his or her first victory because the first day of the yr, as Stanley Davis Jr got here two rebounds away from a triple-double, after scoring 11 and making 12 assists – whereas Desmond Ringer led the workforce with 20 factors, going 81% from the sector.
Rocks guard Jordan Harris scored a game-high of 21, with coach Gareth Murray additionally contributing a major quantity to the offence with 20 factors himself, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to catch Surrey.
In the ultimate sport of the day which tipped off half-hour later than the others, the Riders dominated BBL Trophy Finalists Cheshire Phoenix, with Geno Crandall main the scoring for the house workforce with 13, alongside Patrick Whelan who matched his whole.
The guests struggled with level contributions from the bench, scoring 20 factors lower than Leicester, however one massive constructive that may be taken out of the sport was Larry Austin Jr’s good 18 factors, ten rebounds, six assists and eight steals show – not too far-off from an unbelievable quadruple double regardless of ending up on the shedding workforce.