QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The Leicester Riders are a very talented and well coached team, so it felt good to get a win against them and it gives us more confidence going into our next games. The Wolves and Giants are both good teams. We have to come ready this weekend to play hard and to compete.”
CHESHIRE PHOENIX FORWARD
WOLVES GET THE JOB DONE IN OT ON FRIDAY
Worcester Wolves needed a late salvo to strengthen their position at the top of the BBL Championship on Friday night, while Newcastle Eagles took a share of third and Durham Wildcats moved closer to the Playoff places.
The Wolves trailed by as many as ten points in the fourth quarter against the Cheshire Phoenix, before Zaire Taylor and Alex Owumi inspired them to a late comeback and an 89-85 overtime win, their eighth in a row.
Elsewhere, the Eagles were dominant in beating Plymouth University Raiders 98-71 to make it six straight home wins, with Darius Defoe (26) and Malik Cooke (25) combined for more than half of their points.
Also in the North East, the Wildcats dismantled Surrey United, winning 102-55 to record their second highest points tally of the season and their lowest points against.
Friday 24th January 2014
CH 19:00 Durham Wildcats v Surrey United // Wildcats Win 102-55
CH 19:30 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Plymouth University Raiders // Eagles Win 98-71
CH 19:30 Worcester Wolves v Cheshire Phoenix // Wolves Win 89-85 After OT
RIDERS CRUSH KNIGHTS WHO ARE STILL & 0
Leicester Riders closed the gap on Worcester Wolves at the top of the BBL Championship with a convincing 106-55 victory at Birmingham Knights.
A 16-0 burst to start the match put the Riders in control as they never gave Birmingham any hope of a first Championship triumph. Jay Couisnard led the Riders scoring with 18 points while Knights Brent Benson had a game high 21 points.
Saturday 25th January 2014
CH 19:30 Birmingham Knights v Leicester Riders // Riders Win 55-106
PHOENIX WIN THE BATTLE OF THE NORTH WEST
Durham Wildcats and Cheshire Phoenix celebrated wins in the BBL Championship on Sunday, as both teams won close games after clutch performances in the fourth quarter.
Having led for the majority of the game, Wildcats, now 8-10, defeated the higher-placed London Lions 83-72 on the road, despite allowing the hosts to jump ahead early in the final period.
Mike Allison paced the winners with 19 points, Danny Huffor added 18 points and eight rebounds, while Kirk Crecco and RJ Evans combined for 29 points off the bench.
In the other game of the day, Phoenix came from behind to snatch a 104-95 victory against the visiting Manchester Giants. The starters scored 103 of 104 points for the Cheshire club, who improved to a 10-10 record.
Dominique Coleman led the way with 33 points, Reggie Middleton had 31, as Victor Moses chipped in with another double double of 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Sunday 26th January 2014
CH 16:00 London Lions v Durham Wildcats // Wildcats Win 72-83
CH 17:30 Cheshire Phoenix v Manchester Giants // Phoenix Win 104-95
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