From BBC Scotland.
The Riders, who won the last two BBL Cup finals, were looking dead and buried at one point in the third quarter of Sunday’s BBL TV game, trailing 53-33, after Rocks opened the second half with a 13-0 run.
But the Riders kept chipping away at the deficit until two Neil Watson free throws gave them an 84-82 lead with seven seconds left in the game.
After almost wasting their chance to win it, the Rocks inbounded the ball to Kieron Achara and he was able to bank home an impossible-looking three-pointer as time expired.
In the BBL Championship, Worcester Wolves left it late after Chavis Holmes’ tip-in with five seconds remaining gave the Wolves a 78-76 victory at Sheffield Sharks.
“Chavis came up with one of the most awe-inspiring blocks at the rim I have ever seen on their new big man, John Barber,” said Wolves’ Robert Thurman.
“Then down the court, he finished that tip-in after Jamal Williams’ miss.
“It was a back and forth game and I’m happy we came out on the winning end!”
Charles Smith’s late heroics gave Esh Group Eagles Newcastle an 88-82 win at Plymouth University Raiders. Smith, who paced the Eagles with 24 points, hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final minute to secure the two points and keep Newcastle in first place.
At the other end of the table, basement sides Leeds Force and Surrey United both picked up wins to put pressure on the teams immediately above them.
Surrey enjoyed their first away victory in the BBL after handing Bristol Flyers a 91-74 defeat. Kirk Crecco led United with 32 points while Trevor Setty had 27.
It was a great result for United who lost at Bristol in the BBL Trophy last season, when the Flyers were still an EBL team.
“Bristol was a tough game, we just needed a 100% effort for 40 minutes,” said United’s Elvisi Duscha.
“First road win for us was big, especially at Bristol. There will be more where that came from and hopefully people can stop underestimating us!”
Despite 27 points from Durham Wildcats’ Cristophe Jones, it was not enough to stop the north-east side slipping to a 70-62 defeat at Leeds.
Branimir Mikulic led the home side with 19 points in a game they led from start to finish.
“We went into the game incredibly well-prepared,” said Leeds’ coach Matt Newby.
“The coaching staff’s scouting was very good, particularly in terms of how we defended their offense.
“Our offense was more consistent than it has been in recent games but I think in reality the win happened at the defensive end of the floor.”
Durham rebounded from that defeat to beat London Lions 80-73 on Sunday, behind 26 points from Fran Urli.
Finally, Cheshire Phoenix notched up their fourth straight win, Demond Watt’s 29 points and 18 rebounds helping them to a 99-82 win at Manchester Giants.
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