London Lions 69-54 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (11-11, 31-27, 48-42)
(Lions – Reese 25, Kelley 11, Cugini 10; Sharks – Johnson 17, Nichols 8, Koch 6)
Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks 103-77 Cheshire Phoenix (21-23, 53-38, 81-64)
(Rocks – Hillsman 27, J. Johnson 22, V. Johnson 22; Phoenix – Okereafor 20, Bradley 16, Wright 16)
London Lions picked up their fourth win on the bounce in a hard-fought affair over Sheffield Sharks, while Glasgow Rocks made it 5 in a row with a dominant efficiency over Cheshire Phoenix.
As the race for the Playoffs heats up the Lions moved degree on factors with second positioned Manchester Giants, because the Rocks went two factors clear in sixth place.
The day’s motion tipped off on the Copper Box as either side struggled to search out their groove within the early levels, as an 11-11 first quarter set the tone for a extremely aggressive fixture. Isaiah Reese hit an important pull up jumper with simply eight seconds to go within the first half to present the Lions a four-point result in take into the half.
London continued to edge away from the Sharks within the third and saved their finest until final as they held the Sharks to solely 12 remaining quarter factors. 54 factors is the bottom factors complete the Sharks have recorded this season as London’s lockdown defence, led by Kylor Kelley made the distinction.
Reese completed the sport with 25 factors, while Kelley dominated within the paint with 11 factors, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Rounding off the weekend’s BBL motion, Glasgow Rocks put in a superb offensive efficiency as they blew out Cheshire Phoenix to additional strengthen their Playoff credentials.
A good first quarter was adopted by a 32-point eruption from the Rocks to shut the primary half, capped by a 13-4 run spearheaded by the mightily spectacular Jaycee Hillsman.
Hillsman and the Rocks continued to punish some slack defence from the Phoenix, who remained aggressive on the offensive finish nevertheless couldn’t translate that vitality into stops on the opposite finish.
The Rocks capped off an excellent efficiency with nationwide favorite Fraser Malcolm going off for an 8-0 private run to spherical off an electrical exhibiting.
Hillsman led all scorers with 27 factors to go along with seven rebounds, as Malcolm posted 18 factors of his personal on 7-9 capturing, together with 3-3 from three-point vary.