Lions overcome stern Sharks test as Rocks breeze past Phoenix

BBL Championship
London Lions 69-54 B. Braun Sheffield Sharks (11-11, 31-27, 48-42)
(Lions – Reese 25, Kelley 11, Cugini 10; Sharks – Johnson 17, Nichols 8, Koch 6)

BBL Championship
Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks 103-77 Cheshire Phoenix (21-23, 53-38, 81-64)
(Rocks – Hillsman 27, J. Johnson 22, V. Johnson 22; Phoenix – Okereafor 20, Bradley 16, Wright 16)

London Lions picked up their fourth win on the bounce in a hard-fought affair over Sheffield Sharks, whilst Glasgow Rocks made it five in a row with a dominant performance over Cheshire Phoenix.

As the race for the Playoffs heats up the Lions moved level on points with second placed Manchester Giants, as the Rocks went two points clear in sixth place.

The day’s action tipped off at the Copper Box as both sides struggled to find their groove in the early stages, as an 11-11 first quarter set the tone for a highly competitive fixture. Isaiah Reese hit a crucial pull up jumper with just eight seconds to go in the first half to give the Lions a four-point lead to take into the half.

London continued to edge away from the Sharks in the third and saved their best till last as they held the Sharks to only 12 final quarter points. 54 points is the lowest points total the Sharks have recorded this season as London’s lockdown defence, led by Kylor Kelley made the difference.

Reese finished the game with 25 points, whilst Kelley dominated in the paint with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Rounding off the weekend’s BBL action, Glasgow Rocks put in an excellent offensive performance as they blew out Cheshire Phoenix to further strengthen their Playoff credentials.

A tight first quarter was followed by a 32-point eruption from the Rocks to close the first half, capped by a 13-4 run spearheaded by the mightily impressive Jaycee Hillsman.

Hillsman and the Rocks continued to punish some slack defence from the Phoenix, who remained competitive on the offensive end however could not translate that energy into stops on the other end.

The Rocks capped off a brilliant performance with national favourite Fraser Malcolm going off for an 8-0 personal run to round off an electric showing.

Hillsman led all scorers with 27 points to go with seven rebounds, as Malcolm posted 18 points of his own on 7-9 shooting, including 3-3 from three-point range.

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