Leicester Riders edged closer to defending their BBL Championship title after securing a 71-85 road win over Surrey Scorchers.
Rob Paternostro's side followed a home win against Plymouth Raiders to improve to 24-3 at the top - four wins ahead of Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
Andrew Sullivan top scored with 19 points off the bench, closely followed by Taylor King's 18 points, while Brandon Clark and Pierre Hampton each added 13 points.
The visitors opened up a 7-22 advantage in the first on a three from Eric Robertson and were up 11 after 10 minutes. Surrey trimmed the deficit to seven points in the second before the Riders moved into a 12-point lead at the half.
Leicester maintained their control in the third and further increased their advantage to take a 52-66 lead into the final quarter before a mini fightback from the hosts.
Gabe McCray scored six of his team-high 19 points at the start of the fourth in an 8-2 run to close the gap to eight. However, the Riders repelled the charge with Tyler Bernardini answering from downtown as his side proceeded to take the win.
The Riders now have six games left in the regular season including two against their closest rival in the coming weeks.
Worcester Wolves continued their red-hot streak with a 72-88 win away at Glasgow Rocks having beaten two of the top three on the weekend.
Paul James' side have now won 10 games in a row in all competitions and move level on points with the Rocks after their latest victory.
Jermel Kennedy had 20 points along with 12 rebounds with Danny Huffor also reaching 20 points, while Marek Klassen added 18 points.
The visitors connected on three straight triples to open a 13-23 advantage before the Rocks halved the deficit by the end of the first.
Hayden Lescault scored six points in a strong start to the second as Glasgow moved ahead at 34-33, but a 6-0 close saw the Wolves go into the break with the lead.
Worcester restored a double-digit advantage with a 10-2 burst in the third and powered on with a 15-2 run in the fourth to lead by 23 points at 57-80.
The damage had been done and the Wolves were able to celebrate yet another win, even with Maurice Walker still on the sidelines.
Kieron Achara had 19 points for the Rocks with Anthony Elechi and Gareth Murray again missing out through injury.
BBL Championship Cheshire Phoenix 111 (21,47,85) (DiNunno 40, Anderson 24, Brown 15) London Lions 94 (22,42,69) (Taylor 23, Hassan 22, Niktash/Owumi 15)
Cheshire Phoenix turned on the style on offence as they recorded a 111-94 triumph over London Lions on their home floor.
Mike DiNunno put up an impressive 40 points to lead Phoenix to their second win over the Lions in as many weeks having also hit the game-winner last Friday.
Jamell Anderson added 24 points with all five starters in double figures as they move to within four wins of eighth spot with the Play-Offs still within reach.
Phoenix made an 8-2 start before the visitors settled and edged ahead at 21-22 after 10 minutes. The Lions led by four in the second, but a 9-0 run gave Cheshire a five-point advantage heading into half-time.
The scoring streak continued when play resumed as the hosts started with a 13-0 run to the third quarter before London responded with the next 11.
DiNunno hit three straight 3-pointers to move past 30 points and led his side into a commanding position by the end of the third as they led by 16.
London battled to remain in the game but could not get any closer than a 12-point deficit as Cheshire ran out comfortable winners.
The Lions drop to 14-13 as they continue to fight to secure their Play-Off place with Cheshire needing a strong finish.
Townsville Heat adds Anderson to their roster, ex Cheshire P. - 1 day ago
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Townsville Heat (QBL) added to their roster 27-year old British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Anderson played at Leicester Riders (also in BBL) where in 34 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career... [read more]
Townsville Heat (QBL) added to their roster 27-year old British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Anderson played at Leicester Riders (also in BBL) where in 34 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Defensive Team. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won British BBL Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He represented United Kingdom at the 3x3 World Championships in Greece five years ago. Anderson has played also professionally for other British teams like Nottingham Tribe and Essex Pirates.
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs! Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a ma... [read more]
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs!
Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a massive 36 points in just 22 minutes, after sinking a sizzling eight scores from beyond the three-point line. He also had three rebounds, three assists and not a single turnover during his time on court.
Callum Jones (193-G-85, college: Pace) (Manchester Giants) They may have finished propping up the table, but there was at least a smile of sorts heading into the summer for Giants as they ended their participation with an exciting home win against Plymouth Raiders. That was largely down to a magnificent effort from Jones, as he led his team to victory with a quite brilliant line. The guard finished with a majestic double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds, while adding seven assists for good measure.
Earl Brown (Cheshire Phoenix) Finishing the season with a flourish and arguably the most consistent performer throughout a campaign of changes for Phoenix, Brown was in scintillating form against Leeds. While his team-mate DiNunno excelled in the backcourt, the forward scythed down Force by registering a huge double-double. He did the business in the paint with an astonishing 84% from the field for 28 points and also added 14 boards and five steals.
Leslee Smith (Bristol Flyers) Despite their worrying start to the season, Flyers find themselves in the Play-Offs after a weekend win double which catapulted them into seventh place. It was imperative Flyers got off to a positive start in their double-header and Smith brought the noise in a big way against Manchester. He was sensational and very much the difference-maker in a hard-fought victory against Giants with a monumental 19-point and 21-rebound double-double to delight the locals.
Tony Wroblicky (DBL Sharks Sheffield) The Sharks are now looking to defend the BBL Play-Off title they famously won at The 02 in London last May and if they manage to do it, you can expect Wroblicky to have a big hand in it. He was on fire for Sharks as they ended Worcester's record winning streak by beating them on the road and in front of the BBC Sport cameras. He weighed in with an outstanding double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, also not spilling the ball once in 30 minutes on the hardwood.
Off the Bench - Rashad Hassan (London Lions), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Jermaine Sanders (Leeds Force), Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Hameed Ali (Bristol Flyers), Chaz Rollins (Surrey Scorchers), Rob Marsden (Leeds Force).
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