Plymouth spoil the party, Rocks make the Cup Final

The British Basketball Cup Finals lineup are now set, while there was movement amongst the top six in the league this weekend.

Plymouth Raiders denied Esh Group Eagles Newcastle a winning start at their new arena with an 86-91 triumph, on BBC Sport. Rashad Hassan, Donte Nicholas and Josh Wilcher all scored 20+ points in the team effort for their second road win in the league.

Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks set up a Final showdown with London Lions after completing a 180-158 aggregate success against Manchester Giants. Kieron Achara top scored with 22 points in the 95-81 victory as the Rocks book their spot in Birmingham.

London City Royals maintained their unbeaten home record in the league after beating second-placed DBL Sharks Sheffield, 83-70.

Matthew Bryan-Amaning led the way with 22 points to see off the Sharks, who had beaten Worcester Wolves 114-76 on Friday behind 32 points apiece from Dirk Williams and Chris Alexander.

Plymouth were unable to back up that road win as they fell to an 89-84 loss at Cheshire Phoenix with Jalen Hayes scoring 19 points for an important win for the home side having lost 99-91 in overtime to Manchester two days earlier as Willie Clayton racked up 19 points and 18 rebounds.

"It was a very tough weekend," said Raiders' Denzel Ubiaro. "We got half the job done going 1 of 2, but there are positives to take from both games this weekend.

"It was a big win for us [on Friday] - we showed character and toughness in a close fought game."

Meanwhile, Newcastle managed to bounce back from the disappointment of Friday's loss as they battled to an 89-93 overtime triumph away at Surrey Scorchers as Jeremy Smith fired in 31 points.

Leicester Riders temporarily moved into third spot on Friday, but remain in a strong position after holding on to beat Bristol Flyers 64-63 after a nail-biting finish.