HEAT FLAME OUT IN GLASGOW

Guildford Heat run of poor fortune continues as the Surrey outfit dropped to 0-12 this season with a 99-94 loss at Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Championship

The game was marred by a serious knee injury sustained by Mike Copeland against his former team. The Heat forward, who only returned to the BBL last month, sustained a suspected torn patella on a drive to the basket late in the opening quarter and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Guildford threatened an upset when they accelerated on to lead 28-20 moments later.

But Mike Green inspired Glasgow to move ahead for good late in the second but – after leading by 12 early in the fourth – Sterling Davis’ men had to resist a late rally that brought the visitors within three with 1:20 left.

Elsewhere, Cheshire Jets sustained a 85-75 loss to Milton Keynes Lions.

In a game where both sides enjoyed leads, it was a 12-2 tear from the Lions in the final quarter which effectively ended the resilience of the Jets as the visitors took the score out to 81-69 with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Demarius Bolds netted 29 points for the Lions in the victory.

Saturday: Riding through the storm

Leicester Riders got back to winning ways with a convincing 97-64 Championship win at home to Durham Wildcats to move into third spot.

Ayron Hardy was sensational as he completed a stellar nights work by not missing a shot in the entire game to finish with a perfect 18 points along with eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.

Wildcats started well during the initial exchanges but after five minutes of action, Riders burst into life and didn’t look back as they cruised to the victory.

Mike Capocci paced Durham with 15 points and 7 steals.

Friday: Eagles extend

Newcastle Eagles maintained their unbeaten start to the BBL Championship season with a 94-80 win at the current title holders Mersey Tigers.

The two clubs battled it out for league honours last year but there was only going to be one winner after a red-hot start by Newcastle saw them open up an early 10 point lead.

Darius Defoe was unstoppable in the paint with 31 points and 18 rebounds to lead Eagles to victory.

His side led 45-31 at half-time as Newcastle ended the half on a 7-2 tear. There was no let up at either end of the court by the visitors with an 11-3 run which gave Fab Flournoy’s team a 56-34 lead.

 

It was their biggest margin of the third quarter as Tigers slowly reduced the deficit to 70-53 heading into the final period.

Newcastle never let their lead slip below the eventual finishing margin of 14 to make it eight wins from eight.

Milton Keynes Lions rebounded from a large early deficit to eventually pick up a comfortable 87-74 home victory against Durham Wildcats.

Demarius Bolds was in top form with a game-high 37 points to pace the offence as Lions took control in the second quarter to overpower the BBL new boys.

 

 

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