So, it’s been an action-packed weekend with plenty of fixtures for us to get our teeth into. Let’s take a look at what went on.
The Bristol flyers continue to take the league by storm, seeing off the London city royals in a confident 95-71 victory. Gentry Thomas was exceptional in this game, despite having a slow start, he found a rich vein of form late in the game and got the Bristol Flyers well and truly over the line. Will Saunders looks like a good addition for the London city royals and had a decent game. His index score matching the highest index score for the night with 25, the same as Fred Thomas who also played well and hit some key shots down the stretch.
Elsewhere the Glasgow rocks took care of business in a difficult to predict matchup against the Sheffield Sharks. Both teams struggled for consistency during the cup competition but this would proved to be the Rocks night. Ali Fraser was exceptional, with an index score of 28, the highest of the game. The Sharks seemed to have lost a little spark in the journey to Scotland, although Connor Cashaw managed an index of 23.
The Leicester riders finally drew a holt to their losing ways, with a win against a highly talented Worcester Wolves team. the Wolves were without one of their highest scorers, Amir Williams, but still gave a very good account of themselves. Kyron Cartwright was definitely the player of this game, scoring 30 points and accumulating an index of 29. Kyron looked like he might score every time he touched the ball, and showed the Wolves defence no mercy. It would, however, be Maarten Bouwknecht with the highest index on the night accumulating 33 points. Also not too far behind him was teammate Mark Hughes who had an exceptional shooting night with an index of 27.
Other standout performances from the weekend include Ovie Soko with an index of 30 and Justin Robinson with an index of 28, both coming from the same game against the Surrey scorchers. Also in that game Skyler white managed to accumulate an index of 36, including 34 points and 10 assists.
Perhaps the upset of the weekend belonged to the Cheshire Phoenix who managed the topple the Newcastle Eagles 88 to 70 in what turned out to be an epic battle. A strong all-round team performance by the Cheshire Phoenix, with a number of players in double digits for index. Parker Jackson Cartwright with an index of 22 played a true point guard role, giving the team 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, not to mention 6 steals. But the highest earner in terms of index was demonte Flanagan. He finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block and an index of 33. For the home team Newcastle Eagles it would be CJ Gettys that led the way with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists, one block and an index of 27.
Cheshire Phoenix would again be an action on the Sunday night in the BBL Trophy, where they would take on the Glasgow Rocks. The game turned out to be a real thriller with the Cheshire Phoenix finally taking the win after overtime, 92 to 90. The game was won by a Mike Ochereobia layup and despite his best efforts with 2 seconds to go Johnny Bunyan failed to convert a 3-point attempt.
In terms of fantasy, the weekend would belong to the Surrey Scorchers and their Captain Tayo Ogedengbe. In the Scorchers match up against the Plymouth Raiders, Tayo played 40 minutes scoring 34 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a massive index of 42. His teammates Lovell Cook and Skyler White would both achieve an index of 30 in what turned out to be a convincing win, 107 to 97 over the visiting Plymouth Raiders.