Leicester Riders secured the BBL Championship title on an eventful night to start the penultimate weekend of the regular season.
Rob Paternostro's side defeated Plymouth Raiders 99-69 with Conner Washington (184-PG-92) netting 18 points as the Riders celebrated lifting the title.
There were wins for three teams in the top five with Worcester Wolves holding off London Lions 94-90 for their 12th straight victory as Marek Klassen scored 26 points.
Meanwhile, Malcolm Riley poured in 35 points to lead DBL Sharks Sheffield past Bristol Flyers 90-71 with Glasgow Rocks easing past Leeds Force in a 92-61 success.
Also, Cheshire Phoenix were victorious as they came from behind to beat Manchester Giants 83-93 away from home. BBL Championship Leicester Riders 99 (19,44.68) (Washington 18, Sullivan/King 14) Plymouth Raiders 69 (17,44,51) (Dixon 17, Corletto 15, Grady 12)
Leicester Riders secured the BBL Championship title for the second year running with a 99-69 victory over Plymouth Raiders.
Rob Paternostro's side turned on the style in the second half to pull away for their 26th win of the league campaign.
Conner Washington produced a late blitz from downtown to finish with a team-high 18 points in a typically balanced scoring attack from the Riders.
Shane Walker scored eight points early on as Leicester edged the opening period before the visitors kept pace and went into half-time level having led by as many as six at 33-39.
Leicester stepped things up on defence in the third period, holding their opponents to just seven points as they opened up a 17-point advantage.
A 16-0 run gave the Riders control and they pushed on in the final period with Washington knocking down four triples as the party started early in the closing minutes.
Tyler Bernardini stepped up as captain to lift the BBL Championship title for the club's second piece of silverware this season.
Riders are back in action on Sunday at London Lions, while Plymouth visit Glasgow Rocks as they still look to secure their place in the Play-Offs. BBL Championship DBL Sharks Sheffield 90 (12,38,58) (Riley 35, Rembert 15, Wroblicky 12) Bristol Flyers 71 (17,31,49) (Ali 18, Boggs 17, Smith 16)
DBL Sharks Sheffield halted Bristol Flyers' Play-Off surge as they recorded a 90-71 triumph at the EIS.
Malcolm Riley poured in 35 points including nine 3-pointers in an impressive display to down the Flyers who had won both of their games last weekend.
Bristol were without Aaron Cosby, but made a bright start to lead 12-17 after the first quarter despite 10 points from Riley.
However, the Sharks bounced back in the second as they turned things around to lead 32-25 on a three from Riley and would still be leading by seven at the half.
Sheffield pushed on to lead by as many as 12 in the third, but the visitors kept battling and a strong start to the fourth saw the gap cut to three at 65-62.
Back-to-back triples from Riley capped an 11-0 burst from the Sharks as they pulled away for the win with Bristol missing the chance to move above their South-West rivals, Plymouth Raiders, who also lost.
BBL Championship Glasgow Rocks 92 (19,50,79) (Lescault 20, Thomas 14, Achara 13) Leeds Force 61 (7,27,47) (Sanders/Marsden 20, Matthew 8)
Glasgow Rocks recorded an emphatic 92-61 victory over Leeds Force to make a successful start to their weekend double-header at home.
Sterling Davis' side made a strong start and never looked back as they extended their BBL record over Leeds to 10-1 and kept their top-four hopes alive.
Hayden Lescault top scored with 20 points with three other players in double figures, including Anthony Elechi who made his comeback from injury along with Gareth Murray.
The Rocks raced into a 13-2 lead and held their opponents to just seven points in the opening 10 minutes. The lead continued to grow in the second as the hosts poured in 31 points in the quarter.
There was no let up in the second half as Glasgow pushed their lead beyond 30 points heading into the final period before completing a comfortable success.
Leeds had 20 points apiece from Jermaine Sanders and Rob Marsden as they drop to an 8-23 record in the league.
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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