Four teams remain unbeaten after the second week of BBL Championship action with Plymouth Raiders, the final team to get their season underway, making a perfect start with a 108-86 victory over London Lions.
40 points from Jeremy Bell provided the stand-out performance of the contest which saw the home side lead from tip-to-buzzer, and coach Gavin Love was a happy man after the game.
“It was very important to get that first win under our belts and give us confidence going in to next week’s game,” he said.
“Jeremy Bell had a huge night but Mike Ojo partnered him extremely well in the backcourt whilst Matt Schneck had a solid game posting a double-double.”
Reigning champion Newcastle Eagles stay top of the table with a 3-0 record as they withstood a fourth quarter comeback from Worcester Wolves to win 81-73 at Sport Central. Darius Defoe led the hosts with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Joe Chapman scored 17 points and dished out nine assists.
Leicester Riders improved to 2-0 as they overcame the Cheshire Jets 80-72 on Saturday evening. Zaire Taylor led the Riders with 21 points, while Pavol Lovonsky scored 19 and John Fraley had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Jets’ Chez Marks led all scorers with 28 points.
The quartet of unbeaten sides is completed by Surrey Heat who used a strong third period to win 81-69 against the Sharks on Sunday afternoon. Heat broke open a tied game with a stunning 18 point run. Chavis Holmes was the star-man for the Heat with 21 points for the Heat to lead all scorers, while Daye was the top scorer for the Sharks with 16 points in the defeat.
BBL new-boys Manchester Giants recovered from a 15 point second quarter deficit to win 99-87 against struggling Sheffield on Friday evening. James Jones had 27 points and six assists as he continued his blistering start to the campaign. David Watts added 20 points and seven rebounds. Gage Daye led all scorers with 30 points in vain for the Sharks.
It was a different story next day as Worcester inflicted Giants’ first defeat with a 92-80 victory after a dominant and decisive first half. Alex Owumi led all scorers with 25 points for the Wolves.
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