Rocks win at the death whilst Phoenix breeze past Scorchers

BBL Championship
Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks 100-99 Manchester Giants (20-22, 51-53, 77-82)
(Rocks – Johnson 25, Harris 20, Murray 18; Giants – Mcknight 19, Armstrong 17, Ulph 14)

BBL Championship
Cheshire Phoenix 113-66 Surrey Scorchers (28-17, 57-36, 88-48)
(Phoenix – Wright 23, Bradley 22, Dickerson 21; Scorchers – Ringer 12, Dang Akodo 11, Ogedengbe 6)

Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks beat Manchester Giants in the dying seconds and Cheshire Phoenix breezed past Surrey Scorchers in an enthralling Sunday evening of BBL Championship action.

The evening’s earlier tip-off saw Manchester Giants travel north to Glasgow Rocks as second place took on ninth place. The two sides could barely be separated early on with Giants holding a narrow two-point, 22-20 lead after the first quarter.

This theme continued into the second with both teams scoring 31 points apiece to leave Giants 53-51 ahead at the break. Giants outscored Rocks 29-26 in the third to extend their lead to five points going into the last.

The game, however, was still up for grabs and Rocks got their chance in the dying seconds. Two Gareth Murray free throws were enough to secure Rocks eighth win of the season by the tightest of margins.

Jordan Johnson starred for Rocks as he finished with a double-double performance of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Tyrik Armstrong has a double-double of his own for Giants, contributing 17 points and 12 assists.

Cheshire Phoenix got out of the blocks quickly against Surrey Scorchers in the evenings later tip-off. The home side scored 28 points and limited Scorchers to 17 to hold a healthy 11-point advantage after the first quarter.

Phoenix added 29 points in the second and 31 in the third to lead Scorchers by 40 points going to the last with the game out of sight for the away side. They played out the game comfortably in the last to secure the 113-66 win in a one-sided affair.

Namon Wright scored a game-high 23 points for Phoenix while Larry Austin also impressed for the home side with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

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