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LIONS LOSE GROUND IN CHASE FOR EIGHTH

Posted in: BBL by . March 31, 2013 / 15:59

BBL LOGO 568London Lions’ bid to pip Manchester Giants to a play-off spot took a knock on Sunday as the capital outfit lost 98-92 at Surrey Heat.

Heat, who will now battle with Glasgow for third place on the final weekend of the regular season, led for most of the game, but never managed to build a large lead and the two teams went into the final period tied 75-75. Travis Holmes had 4 points, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 3 assists in a 13-3 run by the Heat at the start of the final stanza that put them ahead 88-78 before a late 8-0 run by Lions reducing their lead to 94-92 with 86 seconds to play.

Travis Holmes had increased that to 96-92 for Heat, before a possession that saw London Lions manage to grab offensive rebounds 3 times, but fail to convert on any of their four shots. Travis Holmes turned the ball back over to Lions, but Adrien Sturt would missed his shot and Heat saw the win out from the free throw line.

Travis Holmes led Heat with 30 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks in the win, supported by his brother Chavis Holmes with 16 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Peter Simek scored 12 points from 5/7 attempts and had 9 rebounds.

Newly crowned champions Leicester Riders rested starters but still crushed Mersey Tigers 95-65 in Liverpool.

Riders established their lead early on after Yorick Williams hit 3 3-pointers in an 11-2 run that put them ahead 13-4 and they never looked back, as their second string stepped up.

Yorick Williams led the Riders’ scorers with his 17 points, making 5 3-point shots in the effort and also ending with 2 steals. Connor Washington scored 16 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Tigers were led by Ryan Gallagher’s 18 points.

Glasgow Rocks tightened their grip on third place in the British Basketball League by crushing Worcester Wolves 88-69 at the Emirates Arena.

Sterling Davis’ men saved their best to last, holding the visitors to just 24 points in the second half to pull away. And the American player-coach, who scored a team-best 17, has challenged his team to polish off the regular season with a flourish this week and secure their highest finish since 2010.

“When we bring it defensively, that’s huge,” Davis said. “And if we continue to do it, it bodes well for the play-offs. We’re moving in the right direction. But we still need to rectify things and strive for the perfect game.”

The hosts, seeking a second victory in 72 hours, looked in forbidding mood when they built an early 21-8 cushion. However Worcester’s omnipresent three-point threat ignited and Glasgow failed to respond as the sides were deadlocked at 46-46 at half-time.

It took a 7-0 run late in the third period for the Rocks to eventually tame the Wolves and with Andy Wedemire adding 15 points off the bench, his side dominated in the fourth quarter, despite game-high score of 28 from Alex Owumi.

Sheffield Sharks winning streak was broken as they were edged out 88-80 by Newcastle Eagles. And with the teams confirmed in seventh and second place in the final standings, they will now meet up again in two weeks in the play-off quarter-finals.

A 12-2 run by the Eagles that put them ahead 74-62 early in the final stanza and the Sharks defence could do little to stop the Eagles from scoring.

Joe Chapman led the Eagles with 19 points and 8 assists, supported by Damon Huffman’s 18 points and 6 assists. Charles Smith had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kareem Maddox ended with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Sharks were led by Mike Tuck with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Demetrius Jemison scored 18 points, making 80% of his shots from the field.

Lions’ loss to Heat means Sharks will finish in seventh spot, while Newcastle Eagles are assured of finishing as runners-up so the two teams will meet again in the first round of the BBL Playoffs.

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