Sharks were involved in one of two overtime games as they defeated Glasgow Rocks 84-81 at the EIS on Friday evening.
BJ Holmes led all scorers with 25 points, supported by a double-doubles from Mike Tuck and Demetrius Jemison. Sharks scored the last six points in regulation from the free-throw line as Glasgow squandered their advantage.
The overtime period remained almost as tight, although the Sharks established a slight edge that they wouldn’t relinquish. From 76 each, Holmes and Jemison scored consecutive baskets and Jemison was there again after EJ Harrison had responded with a three-pointer. Down the stretch, the Sharks – led by 25 points from Holmes – settled the game at the foul line.
It was a bit more simple for Eagles as they made light of the absence of player-coach Fab Flournoy through illness to hammer basement side Mersey Tigers 121-58. Stand-in coach Dave Forester had seven players in double-figures, led by a massive double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds from Darius Defoe and supported by 21 points from Charles Smith and 16 for Joe Chapman.
Surrey Heat strengthened their position in third place in the BBL Championship after a 97-91 overtime victory on the road at the Worcester Wolves. The Heat were inspired by 22 points and 8 rebounds from Sam Cricelli and 21 points from Chavis Holmes. Alex Owumi, for the Wolves, led all scorers with 30 points.
Durham Wildcats had the most successful weekend in their two-year BBL history as a pair of road wins saw them move into joint ninth place.
On Friday night Dave Elderkin’s side edged closer to the BBL Championship play-offs with a surprise 98-81 demolition of Plymouth Raiders in the South West. The Wildcats led for most of the game as Brad Guinane inspired them with eight three-pointers on his way to 32 points; Keith Page scored 21 and Andrew Keister scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Two days later they sealed the head-to-head decider against seventh placed Cheshire Phoenix with a 94-82 victory. Mike Baldarelli led Dave Elderkin’s team with 26 points while Page added 20 and Keister 20 points and another 14 boards. Back-to-back three pointers from Baldarelli helped Wildcats lead 66-59 at the final break and a 10-2 start to the fourth period gave them a cushion they would never lose.
Finally, Raiders bounced back from their defeat to the Wildcats evening as they maintained their grasp on fourth place in the BBL Championship table thanks to a convincing 103-70 victory over the Mersey Tigers. Michael Ojo led all scorers with 27 points for the Raiders, while Chris Bigley was the main man for the Tigers as he netted 17 points for the home side.
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