Towers 96 (35,54,71) (Sneed 30, Brown 19, Greer 18)
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.
Bears 91 (18,48,70) (Siemon 15, Alderson/Phillips 13)
Keynes Lions 83 (21,44,55) (OíConnell/Burns 21, Jamison 19)
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-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.