Important wins on the road for the Lions and the Phoenix in Championship

BBL Championship
Plymouth City Patriots 94-101 London Lions (22-23, 48-52, 71-79, 94-101)
(Patriots: K.Josephs – 27, R.Hassan – 24, A.Williams – 24; Lions: D.Williams – 22, I.Reese – 22, L.Cugini – 18)

BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers 80-85 Cheshire Phoenix (20-19, 36-46, 55-62, 80-85)
(Scorchers: S.Davis Jr – 23, L.Robertin – 21, S.Jamison – 8; Phoenix: L.Bradley – 16, L.Austin – 14, T.Okereafor – 12)

London Lions and Cheshire Phoenix both secure impressive on-the-road victories this evening, in two eye-catching thrillers which at times were impossible to predict.

The first game of the night saw Plymouth City Patriots put up a strong fight against the Lions, keeping within touching distance throughout the first-half but slipping away in the second as Isaiah Reese completed a huge double-double of 22 points and 13 assists to inspire the visitors to victory.

Kylor Kelley was also at times simply unplayable in the paint, as he racked up a total of six blocks, ten points and 12 rebounds while his teammates consistently knocked down three-pointers to give the Patriots a difficult night all over the court.

The hosts had three players in double-digits for points, but with all of them scoring 24 points or more including Kofi Josephs who put up 27 from the bench.

Antonio Williams and Rashad Hassan followed up for Plymouth with 24-points a-piece, and the latter grabbing ten rebounds to earn himself a double-double, but it wasn’t enough as London headed home with the win.

Meanwhile at the Surrey Sports Park, Surrey Scorchers also made their game with the Phoenix an exciting one, as they refused to give-up right until the last second but ultimately falling just short.

Levi Bradley led the scoring for the visitors with 16, while another five Nix players reached double-digits in points as they moved the ball around well creating plenty of chances for everyone.

Cheshire also punished the hosts on the fast-break plenty, getting 21 more points on the counter than Surrey managed, as well as seeing 13 more points contributed from their bench too.

The hosts’ main route of offence proved to be through Stanley Davis Jr (23) and Legend Robertin (21) who both impressed throughout, getting the crowd going too with a number of highlight plays.

Scorchers’ Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos will not be happy though with his team’s efforts from behind the arc, as they managed just four triples from 17 attempts.

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