BBL Cup, 1st Round
73 - 75 Kularoos Plymouth Raiders
Raiders overcame Birmingham Bullets in an incredibly close 2 point ball
This saw them through
to the Cup quarter-fianls where they will meet Brighton Bears.
Neither side could
establish a lead in the first three quarters and Bullets just edged Plymouth
at the end of each
of them. Mid-way through the second Bullets opened up a 6 point lead
Plymouth made the
next 4 points and this was the story of the game as they traded baskets
However at 66-66 with 5 minutes left the Raiders produced a 7-0 tear to
move it out to
came back to within 2 with 20 seconds to go but Stephen Barnes' shot failed
to tie the game
and that was that.
for Raiders and Ervin Murray for the Bullets each scored 24 points.
The star of
the game defensively
was Raider's Gerrick Morris who blocked 9 shots to keep Bullets away from
basket when they
77 - 95 Thames Valley Tigers
Thames Valley Tigers
will travel to Glasgow to face the Rocks after a comfortable road victory
They began to establish
themselves as early as the first quarter, scoring 8 in a row to make the
But it was in the second period when Tigers notched up 16 to no reply to
take the score
out to 29-55 and
this ultimately meant no way back for the Riders. Mike New scored
half points. They tried to come back in the third quarter, Joel Burns
a row and Leicester scored the last 10 points in the third and this made
62-76, the closest
they got from this point.
Top scorer with 30
points was Tigers' Josh Murray, he was one rebound shy of a double-double.
Moore scored 21
points making 5/8 from the perimeter.
London Towers 84
- 86 Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles
Newcastle Eagles will progress to the BBL Cup quarter-finals where they
another tough game
on the road with TCS Chester Jets. They are the first team to defeat
the 2004/05 season
and a strong final stanza from Towers made the score look closer than it
Jerry Williams scored
a massive 43 points in vain for Towers, the top points haul so far this
and this was over
half of their total points. Newcastle led at the end of each quarter
and it was
in the second that
they started to break away as a Charles Smith 3 pointer concluded a 7-0
They led by as many
as 21 points in the third quarter at 68-47 before Towers fought back with
run at the end of
the third. Led by star player Williams they ate into Newcastle's
lead in the
final quarter and
got to within 1 with less than a minute to go, Jeremy Hyatt made a free-throw
seconds left to
make the final score 84-86.
TJ Walker and Jeremy
Hyatt shone for the Eagles with 22 and 21 points respectively, Walker shot
from the floor.
Brighton Bears 82
- 76 Westfield Sharks Sheffield
The Bears bounced
back from their first loss of the season last night by defeating Westfirld
Sheffield at The
Triangle. The two teams were tied for second place in the league
at the start of
the night but the
Bears will sleep better knowing they are clear in second on six points.
It was the Sharks
that got off to the better start leading 22-14 at the end of the first
they got off to
an 11-0 tear in the first 3 minutes, Andrew Alleyne scored the first 8
Brighton came back strong in the second with an 8-0 run and pegged Sharks
back at 37-35
at half time.
From here they never looked back, opening up a 10 point lead going into
period and after
a mini Sharks revival which saw them get back to within 5 Brighton managed
maintain a six point
lead and record the victory.
Bears' top scorers
were Yorrick Williams and Andrew Alleyne with 20 and Tony Holley recorded
them with 10 points and 10 rebounds.