Patriots beat Giants and Phoenix beat Rocks in enthralling night of BBL action

BBL Championship
Manchester Giants 77-84 Plymouth City Patriots (23-24, 37-54, 55-71)
(Giants – Clark 15, Whelan 12, Armstrong 10; Patriots – Hassan 23, Josephs 20, Williams 12)

BBL Championship
Cheshire Phoenix 107-87 Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks (34-22, 57-51, 84-66)
(Phoenix – Wright 22, Okereafor 18, Mockford 17; Rocks – Hilsman 21, Harris 20, Jacdonmi 19)

Plymouth City Patriots and Cheshire Phoenix both picked up BBL Championship wins in an enthralling Sunday evening of British Basketball.

In the evening’s early tip-off, Manchester Giants and Plymouth City Patriots could barely be separated after a tight opening quarter. It was Patriots that finished the period with a slight advantage as they led 24-23.

Patriots started to pull away in the second as star man Kofi Josephs started to find his range. The away side added a massive 30 points in the quarter and limited Giants to just 14 to lead 54-37 at the halftime break.

Giants won the third quarter 18-17 but Patriots would still go into the last with a healthy 71-55 lead. Two late three-pointers from Dan Clark would reduce the deficit in the fourth and final quarter but Patriots would hang on to win 84-77.

Rashad Hassan led the scoring charts for Patriots as he finished with a superb double-double performance of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Dan Clark was the standout performer for Giants, contributing 15 points, five rebounds and three assists

Cheshire Phoenix led by 12 after the first quarter in the later tip-off against Glasgow Rocks. The home side took a 34-22 lead into the second after an impressive, high-scoring period.

Rocks, however, would fight back in the second. They outscored Rocks 29-23 in the quarter to reduce the deficit to six as they trailed 57-51 at halftime.

Unfortunately for Rocks, Phoenix came out a different side in the third. They added 27 points to their total and limited Rocks to 15 to open up a sizable 84-66 lead and put the game out of reach for the away side going into last.

Phoenix scored a further 23 in the last to hit triple digits and wrap up a comfortable, 107-87 victory.

Namon Wright starred for the home side with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a well-rounded performance.

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