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“We know each other well early in the season which should help us to make sure
everyone is used to their strengths.
“Newcastle is a tough team to beat, especially at home. They put a lot of pressure on you with their defensive schemes so we need to take care of the ball and make sure we take good shots. I expect a tough battle.”
FORCE SECURE FIRST WIN AT THE SENIOR LEVEL
Friday 10th October 2014
CH 19:30 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Sheffield Sharks //// Eagles Win 95 – 84
CUP First Round 19:30 Leeds Force v Manchester Giants //// Force Win 80 – 69
A big Friday night in the BBL saw the BBL Cup get underway as Leeds Force progressed with their first win since stepping up to the top flight; while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle won the battle of last season’s top two in the BBL Championship.
James McCann scored 21 points to inspire Leeds to an 80-69 win over the Manchester Giants in Yorkshire. The guard scored 8 points in a row in a crucial two minute spell late in the game as they started the fourth quarter with a 9-3 run to set themselves up for the win.
The Force had lost top scorer and rebounder Zak Wells to injury earlier in the night, with Branimir Mikulic replacing his productivity with a massive haul of 18 points and 16 rebounds.
In the league, the Eagles beat Sheffield Sharks 95-84 behind a massive 30 points from big man Darius Defoe. The Londoner led the Eagles when they secured the head-to-head against the Sharks on their way to last season’s BBL Championship, and he is now shooting an unbelievable 82% (28/34) for the season so far.
Eagles had dominated the early exchanges, but trailed by the third quarter as Andy Thomson and Rahmon Fletcher found themselves in foul trouble. Charles Smith and Stuart Thomson stepped in with three-pointers to keep their noses in front, and they finished with a dominant 14-5 surge to secure an impressive first home win of the campaign.
BRISTOL TAKE PLYMOUTH AGAIN IN 20T SPECTACULAR
Saturday 11th October 2014
CUP First Round 19:30 Bristol Flyers v Plymouth University Raiders //// Flyers Win 93 – 92…2OT
CUP First Round 19:30 Leicester Riders v Surrey United //// Riders Win 98 – 80
Bristol Flyers’ captain Greg Streete has spoken of his joy after coming out on top in an epic BBL Cup double overtime encounter against south-west rivals, Plymouth University Raiders.
“It was great to pick up the win and credit to our mental toughness,” said Streete after the thrilling 93-92 success.
“We did great things to stay in game, but know we can’t be complacent and have to keep pushing”
Flyers were led by Doug Herring and Mathias Seilund, who combined for 50 points in a famous victory – the former getting the last four points and a precious offensive rebound to seal the win.
Elsewhere, Leicester Riders tipped off their defence of their coveted BBL Cup with a comfortable 98-80 home success against Surrey United at Loughborough.
While the away side caused some problems during the opening fifteen minutes, a powerful run either side of the break enabled Riders to assume control and ease their way to victory.
Tyler Bernardini led proceedings with a memorable 28 point haul and was supported by Rashad Hassan who had 20 points, as well as Pavol Losonsky who claimed a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards.
ROCKS DUMP LIONS OUT OF BBL CUP
Sunday 12th October 2014
CUP First Round 17:30 Cheshire Phoenix v Durham Wildcats //// Phoenix Win 88 – 65
CUP First Round 17:00 Glasgow Rocks v London Lions //// Rocks Win 62 – 56
CH 18:00 Manchester Giants v Bristol Flyers //// Flyers Win 73 – 82
CH 16:00 Plymouth University Raiders v Leicester Riders //// Riders Win 91 – 99
Great Britain international Kieron Achara enjoyed a winning return to the BBL as he steered Glasgow Rocks to victory against London Lions and into the next round of the BBL Cup, where they will be joined by Cheshire Phoenix, who also won on Sunday.
Achara had 16 points and 12 rebounds, including two crucial points from the line, as he was the one to ice a 62-56 triumph over a London Lions side that boasted all three of their star summer signings, Drew Sullivan, Lovell Cook and Zaire Taylor, for the first time.
Phoenix are also in the hat for the next round of the Cup thanks to an 88-65 defeat of Durham Wildcats
New signing Taylor King was the star of the show at the Northgate Arena as he poured in 24 points and reeled in nine boards, as Phoenix pulled away in the fourth quarter.
There were two games in the BBL Championship on Sunday too.
Leicester Riders outscored Plymouth Raiders 10-0 in the final two minutes to come from behind and extend their unbeaten start to the league season to three games with a 99-91 victory.
And Bristol Flyers demonstrated their late game credentials once again as they came out on top 82-73 in a hard-fought, fourth-quarter battle at Manchester Giants.
Kieron Achara Photo HERE
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