Leicester Riders 103-67 London Lions (33-15, 62-37, 83-55)
(Riders – Loving 18, Crandall 16, Jackson 13; Lions – Cugini 16, Reese 13, Washburn 8)
B. Braun Sheffield Sharks 76-77 Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks (20-22, 37-42, 55-60)
(Sharks – Ratinho 19, Delpeche 14, Nichols 14; Rocks – Hillsman 19, J. Johnson 15, Harris 14)
Surrey Scorchers 81-104 Newcastle Eagles (23-22, 42-50, 66-83)
(Scorchers – Dang Akodo 18, Ogedengbe 16, Raftopoulos 12; Eagles – Gordon 24, Person Jr. 22, Johnson 20)
League champions Leicester Riders asserted their dominance on a three-game Easter Sunday; whereas B. Braun Sheffield Sharks failed to substantiate second place, Glasgow clinched a Play-off spot and Newcastle Eagles stored their Play-off hopes alive.
Leicester made it seven straight wins, now 23-2 on the season, after beating London Lions 103-67 at Morningside Arena to take a symbolic head-to-head over their rivals as Marc Loving led the best way with 18 factors and Riders hit 16 three-pointers within the sport.
They asserted their dominance instantly and led from tip-to-buzzer with an 18-8 opening as Zach Jackson hit his second triple amongst 4 within the opening 5 minutes for Riders, as they went 7-9 (78%) from past the arc within the first interval and led Lions 33-15 after ten minutes when Conner Washington grew to become the fifth completely different participant to attach from long-range.
The hosts then hit a 15-2 surge in simply two minutes halfway by means of the second stanza to undergo the half century, Loving scoring 5 and making the rating 51-28. Riders scored 62 within the first half on 11-15 (73%) three-point taking pictures, with Loving and Jackson hitting three every with only one miss.
The lead peaked at 95-56 after the Riders began the fourth with a 12-1 tear, all 5 of their bench unit scoring in that run, as Geno Crandall completed with 16 factors, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in simply 22 minutes after being ejected from the sport within the third quarter for 2 technical fouls.
Meanwhile, Jordan Harris scored a sensational buzzer-beater as Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks gained 77-76 on the street at B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, making it seven wins of their final eight video games for the sixth-placed Rocks as they preserve hopes of a prime 4 end.
Rocks led for all however one minute of this sport – the ultimate minute, establishing that loopy ending – after a 12-2 begin to the second quarter gave them management, sparked by consecutive Harris scores and main 34-22 on Jonny Bunyan’s three-pointer.
But Rodney Glasgow Jr. beat the half-time buzzer with a pull-up trey to get Sharks again to inside two photographs, hinting at what would come as they’ve turn into famend for his or her dramatic late finishes. And that was the case once more as they scored eight in a row to tie the sport inside the ultimate two minutes, earlier than Kipper Nichols hit a triple with simply over a minute left that gave them their first lead and seemed to have snatched the win.
On the ultimate play Jaycee Hillsman initially had his shot blocked out of bounds by Jordan Ratinho, giving Rocks an endline possession with 0.6 seconds on the clock. Coach Gareth Murray drew up the play and Harris flew sensationally by means of the air to tip in Jordan Johnson’s move and spark wild celebrations from the street staff.
Overall, Rocks had been led by 19 factors from Hillsman and a double-double of 15 factors and 15 assists from Jordan Johnson.
Finally, on the different finish of the desk, Newcastle Eagles snapped a run of seven straight league defeats to maintain their Play-off hopes alive with a primary win in two months, beating Surrey Scorchers 104-81 on the street and condemning the league’s backside aspect to an eighth straight defeat themselves.
Fittingly, there have been 9 lead adjustments by means of a primary quarter the place the groups had been by no means separated by multiple shot, till Eagles hit 11 straight in simply over two minutes with 5 completely different scorers early within the second, together with a Wes Person Jr. triple to assist the rating to 38-30. And the lead was double-figures at 47-34 simply earlier than the half on a Justin Gordon three adopted by his ‘and-one’ play.
Surrey had been again inside one shot when Jules Dang Akodo and Caylin Raftopoulos opened the third quarter with consecutive three-pointers, however Eagles rattled off the following 14 factors, together with eight for Person Jr., and the lead was again out to 64-48 with no means again for the hosts as Newcastle poured in 33 within the third quarter.
Person Jr. completed with a game-high 22 factors on an irrepressible 6-8 (75%) three-point taking pictures, whereas Gordon was agonisingly near a triple-double with 24 factors, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.