QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Manchester are such a conundrum for us, they are a team different to
all the others as they don’t have one superstar but a well-rounded team.
“We had a terrible game last time we played them. If you leave them open, they shoot very well.
We need to do a much, much better job of defending their guards.”
SURREY UNITED HEAD COACH
ROCKS, SHARKS & WOLVES SECURE REGULATION HOME WINS
All three of Friday night’s BBL Championship games produced dominant home wins with margins of twenty points or greater, as Worcester Wolves and One Health Sharks Sheffield strengthened their positions in the top three.
The Wolves beat Durham Wildcats 90-66 to make it seven wins in a row, and have scored more than 90 points in all of those games, with Alex Owumi’s 27 and Will Creekmore’s 21 contributing the bulk of those in this encounter.
That allowed Glasgow Rocks to move clear of the Wildcats in the crucial eighth spot in the BBL Championship, as they beat Birmingham Knights 95-73 behind 23 points from Gareth Murray, halting a three-game losing streak.
Finally, the Sharks closed the gap on Leicester Riders in second place after using a dominant ten minute spell midway through the game to overcome bottom-placed Surrey United 84-64, in an otherwise tight game.
Friday 10th January 2014
CH 19:30 Glasgow Rocks v Birmingham Knights // Rocks Win 95-73
CH 19:30 One Health Sharks Sheffield v Surrey United // Sharks Win 84-64
CH 19:30 Worcester Wolves v Durham Wildcats // Wolves Win 90-66
YES IT’S TRUE! SURREY UNITED GET THEIR 1st WIN?
Surrey United produced a superb 40-12 fourth quarter to beat Manchester Giants 94-87 for their first BBL Championship victory.
Trailing 75-54 at the end of the third period Ceslovas Kucinskas drained a three to cut the deficit to 78-69 and Joel Henry put them within touching distance at 78-76.
Elvisi Dusha levelled the match at 82-82 from the free throw line and when Brandon McGill’s three finally put United in front at 88-87 there was no way back for the Giants.
McGill led all scorers with 25 points while Kucinskas pulled down 15 boards to go with his 17 points.
Saturday 11th January 2014
CH 19:00 Surrey United v Manchester Giants // Surrey Win 94-87
BBL CUP FINAL 2014, RIDERS GET THE JOB DONE…AGAIN
BBL Cup Final
Leicester Riders 72 (14,32,58) ( Couisnard 18, Sullivan 16, Calvo 13)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 69 (20,37,49) (Smith 27, Cooke 13, Martin 12)
A packed 9,000 fans at the National Indoor Arena were treated to another BBL Cup classic as holders Leicester Riders retained their trophy after MVP Drew Sullivan inspired a thrilling 72-69 success against Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
Sunday 12th January 2014
BBL CUP FINAL
CUP Final 15:30 Leicester Riders v Esh Group Eagles Newcastle // Riders Win 72-69
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