EAGLES KEEP UP TITLE ASSAULT

Newcastle Eagles remain top of the BBL after a 105-83 win over Plymouth Raiders on Sunday.

Trey Moore hit 32 points as the Eagles built on their 45-36 advantage at the interval, opening up a 23-point cushion at the end of the third. 

 

Elsewhere, Glasgow Rocks' hopes are fading after they lost 80-71 Cheshire Jets who go level on points with Newcastle.

Sheffield avoided a scare as they edged out Milton Keynes Lions 92-91.

Worthing Thunder slumped to a 97-70 defeat to Worcester Wolves.

Friday: Tin proves gold for Worcester

David Watts claimed 28 points for Worcester Wolves as they shrugged off the absence of the influential Danny Gilbert to squeeze past Milton Keynes Lions for the second successive game as they jumped back into a play-off spot.

Their 90-89 success came courtesy of two free throws by forward Justin Dobbins during the closing seconds. A player not usually known for his coolness on the line, this time he certainly came up trumps to please Wolves Head Coach Paul James who praised his team after another tight win,

"Obviously I am delighted with the victory because I didn't know if we could come out and do it again without Danny (Gilbert)."

"However, we showed a lot of character to see the game out. Especially Justin Dobbins who iced those free-throws at the death for us."

EJ Harrison hit 22 points last night as Glasgow Rocks boosted their BBL title hopes with a 98-74 win over bottom side Essex Pirates.

The Kelvin Hall outfit, who host Cheshire tomorrow, raced out to a 24-18 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Harrison pulled the strings to increase the gap to 61-34 at half-time and with Mike Copeland adding 19, Glasgow turned the screw to move level on points with leaders Newcastle.

In another really intense and at times ill-tempered match-up at the EIS, Sheffield came out on top against Leicester Riders who fell to consecutive losses having went down at Guildford Heat last weekend meaning they also slip out of the play-off spots.

The Sharks maintain their title challenge and were propelled to the 86-79 victory thanks mainly to a couple of impressive performances by Mike Tuck and Marcus Stout who combined for 46 points.

Sunday: Eagles bid to soar

Newcastle Eagles are set to be boosted by the formal return to duty of coach Fab Flournoy as they bid to move clear at the top of the BBL when they host Plymouth Raiders on Sunday.

After missing five of the six games in January with pneumonia, the American has been preparing his side for the home stretch of the campaign. However the two-week might not entirely have helped the Eagles’ cause, admits captain Andrew Bridge.

"Yes and no, really," he said.

"We were a bit beaten up, and we needed some time to get Reggie [Jackson] back into the system, but we would have liked a game to get the losses against Sheffield and Leicester out of our system."

Elsewhere, Glasgow Rocks will bid to overhaul Cheshire Jets when the sides square off at the Kelvin Hall.

In-form Sheffield visit struggling Milton Keynes while Worthing Thunder host Worcester Wolves.

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