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Youngblood drains life out of Newcastle


London Towers 96 (35,54,71) (Sneed 30, Brown 19, Greer 18)
Newcastle Eagles 94 (30,54,72) (Myers 29, Smith 25, Flournoy/Walker 17)

A three pointer 3.3 seconds from time from veteran Robert Youngblood gave London a dramatic 96-94 win over Newcastle to send the Towers into the BBL play-off semi-finals. 

The game got off to a blistering start with former Eagle Ralph Blalock netting three three-pointers as Towers led 25-15 after five minutes, but Shawn Myers and Charles Smith combined for 27 first quarter points as the period finished 35-30. 

Towers didnít score for the first four minutes of the
second quarter as Eagles took the lead, but the sides were level at 54 at half-time. In the closing moments of the game, Rod Brown and Fab Flournoy traded scores, with Eagles just in front, but a 24s violation by Newcastle gave London the ball with 17.2s left trailing 94-93. After Ricardo Greerís shot was blocked, Youngblood inbounded to Blalock, who found his colleague open to net the winner. 

Omar Sneed hit a game-high 30 points for London while Shawn Myers hit 29 at Newcastle's season came to a heartbreaking close.

Brighton Bears 91 (18,48,70) (Siemon 15, Alderson/Phillips 13)
Milton Keynes Lions 83 (21,44,55) (OíConnell/Burns 21, Jamison 19)

BBL Championship winners Brighton Bears are safely through to the Basketball Finals Weekend after negotiating their Play-off quarter-final with Milton Keynes Lions. A strong third quarter saw them on their way to a 91-83 victory. 

Three consecutive three-pointers from John O'Connell had Lions 33-28 ahead early in the second quarter, but a 16-4 burst by the home side gave them a 48-41 advantage. 

Brighton hit the first 10 points of the second half to open a 58-44 lead and Lions didn't get the gap back into single figures until Joel Burns hit two threes in the dying seconds. 

Bears had seven players in double-figures with Jason Siemon's 15 points and 11 rebounds the best performance. Burns and O'Connell led all scorers with 21 points each, with the latter netting five three-pointers and grabbing 13 boards. 

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