Surrey Scorchers 88-84 Newcastle Eagles (26-24, 48-39, 64-59)
(Scorchers – James 17, Hicks 16, Cashaw 13; Eagles – Edwards 26, Fletcher 24, Gordon 11)
Bristol Flyers 91-84 Glasgow Rocks (25-21, 42-43, 63-52)
(Flyers – Baker 23, Lockett 18, Okereafor 14; Rocks – Keeling 28, Murray 15, Delph 12)
Surrey Scorchers and Bristol Flyers both won at home on an exciting Saturday evening of basketball.
The days early tip-off saw Surrey Scorchers welcome Newcastle Eagles to the Surrey Sports Park in a close fought encounter. Scorchers came out on top in a battle right to the very end, eventually winning 88-84.
The sides kicked off with an opening 50-point quarter as they both looked to gain an early advantage with the game tightly poised at 26-24 in Scorchers favour. It was Scorchers that got their necks in front and they found themselves leading by nine at the half time break.
Eagles fought back and reduced the gap to five going into the final quarter and even found themselves ahead deep in to the last. However, clutch free throws from Tayo Ogedengbe and Tony Hicks put the game out of the reach of Eagles as they suffered their eighth defeat of the season.
Lacey James led the scoring for the home side finishing on 17 points and 8 rebounds. Cortez Edwards finished with a game-high 26 points for the visitors, but it was not enough as his side slipped to defeat.
Bristol Flyers came out on top in overtime in the evenings second game as they beat Glasgow Rocks 91-84. Much like the first game the first half was a tight affair with the lead swapping hands throughout. Flyers were ahead by four after the first only to find themselves trailing by 1 at halftime with the score at 42-43.
Flyers came out a different team in the second half and started to pull away from their opponents in the third quarter. They limited Rocks to just 9 points in the quarter as they went in to the last with a 9-point lead. Rocks, however, put in a momentous effort to come back in the last and were ahead with less than 30 seconds to go. A late Eric Lockett lay up for Flyers saw the game go into overtime.
Flyers kicked on again in the overtime to win by 7 points in a fascinating encounter against a spirited Rocks side.
Justin Baker was the star man for the flyers with a team high points tally of 23 and 7 rebounds. Christian Keeling put in a massive double-double performance for Rocks with 28 points and 11 rebounds as his team remain bottom of the BBL Championship.
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