|Plymouth Raiders and DBL Sharks Sheffield both doubled their league wins tally, while Surrey Scorchers finally ended their losing start.
The Raiders finished strong to see off Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 87-83 behind 23 points from Josh Wilcher and a near triple-double from Donte Nicholas.
Surrey powered past Manchester Giants with Tayo Ogedengbe scoring 28 points in a 93-109 victory, while Dirk Williams’ 22 points helped the Sharks defeat Cheshire Phoenix 61-78.
Cheshire Phoenix 61-78 DBL Sharks Sheffield (18-24, 34-46, 49-68)
DBL Sharks Sheffield denied Cheshire Phoenix a double-winning weekend as they recorded a comfortable success on the road.
Atiba Lyons’ side bounced back from a home defeat on Friday to move to 2-3, while the Phoenix fall from joint-second with their second loss on the season.
Leading scorers – Khan 17, Latinovic 15, Allen-Jordan 12 (Phoenix) – Williams 22, Marsden 16, Tuck 11 (Sharks)
Turning point – Dirk Williams fired in a trio of triples in the second quarter as the Sharks established control with a double-digit advantage and never looked back as Cheshire struggled to repeat their success from Saturday.
Key stat – Sheffield found their success in the paint with 60% of their attempts converted, whilst they held the home side to less than 40% from the field at the other end with Cheshire going 5 of 18 from downtown.
Game hero(es) – Dirk Williams starred for the Sharks with 22 points in the win, while Rob Marsden added a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards to add valuable support.
Manchester Giants 93-109 Surrey Scorchers (18-22, 46-50, 66-75)
Surrey Scorchers ended their losing start to the season as they claimed their maiden triumph on the road at Manchester Giants.
Creon Raftopoulos’ side avoided an 0-5 start as they powered past the century mark in points with the Giants dropping to 1-2.
Leading scorers – Clayton 23, McCall 20, Jones 16 (Giants) – Ogedengbe 28, Taylor 17, Steel 14 (Scorchers)
Turning point – Surrey had the edge in the opening half in a high-scoring game and continued to push on as they fired in 59 points in the second half to pull away from their opponents.
Key stat – The Scorchers were on fire from beyond the arc as they knocked down a total of 16 3-pointers at an impressive 55% accuracy.
Game hero(es) – Tayo Ogedengbe led his side with a 28-point haul in the win, while four other players hit double figures including Josh Steel, who also added 13 rebounds and four assists to his 14 points.
Plymouth Raiders 87-83 Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks (24-20, 39-40, 64-60)
Plymouth Raiders picked up their second league win of the season with a hard-fought victory over Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks.
The result leaves the Rocks with a 1-4 record having been beaten twice in a South-West double-header this weekend, while Plymouth move to 2-2.
Leading scorers – Wilcher 23, Nicholas 20, Jarvelainen 18 (Raiders) – Ndiaye 22, Carpenter 21, Murray 11 (Rocks)
Turning point – Both teams had their share of the lead through the opening three quarters, but the Raiders seized momentum in the fourth with a couple of big triples from Joonas Jarvelainen and held on down the stretch, despite a late scare.
Key stat – Plymouth came up with 21 second chance points compared to just 2 for the visitors, who also saw starting point guard Greg Pryor held to two points before fouling out.
Game hero(es) – Donte Nicholas had another huge game for the Raiders with 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for a near triple-double effort, while Josh Wilcher top scored with 23 points in the win.