REVIEW - Worthing go top of NBL Division One with victory over Essex!

NBL Division One

 Team Newcastle 105 v 112 Reading Rockets (OT) 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 3.00pm

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A high-scoring overtime encounter in the North East went the way of the visitors as Reading Rockets picked up their second win on the bounce. In a tight game of runs, the lead change hands numerous times throughout the game, until Newcastle built a nine point lead with just under five minutes to play - the largest lead of the game. Five straight points from young Rockets' guard David Chive cut the lead to four, before Sydney Donaldson knocked down a jumper to make it a one possession deficit. Donaldson continued his strong late play when he traded triples with Victor Fuentes, before Danny Carter stepped up and hit one of his own from deep to give tie things up for the travelling side at 93-93. Tosan Evbuomwan knocked down the go-ahead basket with nine seconds remaining, but after Coach Alan Keane called timeout Carter made another huge play to tie the game at 95-95 and force the extra period.

Carter once again was crucial as he notched the first points of the overtime with a dunk, before he and AJ Carr combined to give the Rockets a 100-105 lead midway through the additional period. Alei Wol cut the deficit to three points when he went two-for-two at the foul line, before Chive kept his cool to knock down three of four free throws, extending the lead back out to 102-108. Things got heated with just under a minute to play when Carter picked up an unsportsmanlike foul, but Wol missed crucial free throws which allowed Donaldson and Trae Pemberton to ice the game at the line before time expired.

Sydney Donaldson and AJ Carr were crucial contributors in the Reading win, as Donaldson had a team-high 30 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Carr added 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists. David Chive was highly impactful as he finished with 18 points, 10 assists and four rebounds, while fellow late game hero Danny Carter had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Adrian O'Sullivan continued his comeback from injury with nine points and two rebounds in limited minutes. Tosan Evbuomwan made a return to the Newcastle lineup as he poured in a game-high 36 points, with four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Onyekachi Nzerem chipped in 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Nikola Urli finished with 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals. Ben Seipt contributed 12 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Alei Wol had 11 points, three rebounds. 


 Leicester Warriors 105 v 99 Thames Valley Cavaliers (OT) 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 3.00pm

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The run of tight games in NBL Division One continued with another overtime game that saw Leicester pick up an upset victory over the high-flying Thames Valley Cavaliers. The hosts led for much of the first half, even jumping out to a double digit lead midway through the second quarter, before the Cavs brought the game back on level terms in the third. The lead changed hands down the stretch as neither team gave an inch, before a frantic final five minutes of regulation saw the visitors force the extra period when Walid Mumuni hit a big triple to tie things up at 89-89. Both sides traded baskets in a cagey overtime, until Lamin Willan sparked the Warriors on a run when his lay-in was followed up by back-to-back scores from Taylor Johnson and Carl Pearson. Leading 105-99 with just seconds to play, Mumuni had another chance at a triple to make it a one possession game - but it wouldn't go down; time expired with Leicester taking an impressive clutch win.

Raphell Thomas-Edwards led Leicester with 25 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, while Taylor Johnson provided support with 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Lamin Willan added 14 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Joshua Pollock matched Willan's output with 14 points of his own, knocking down four triples. Elhji Jabby and Martyn Gayle rounded out the double digit scorers by chipping in 10 points apiece. Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Sylla led all scorers with 37 points, eight rebounds and three assists, while Martelle McLemore supported with a 30 point effort for the Cavaliers, while adding five rebounds. Captain Walid Mumuni was the only other double figure scorer, as he chipped in 14 points, two rebounds and two assists. 


 Essex Leopards 90 v 94 Worthing Thunder 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 6.00pm

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Worthing extended their win streak to three games with a single digit win over Essex, despite trailing for much of the contest. The Thunder were able to continue building pressure on Team Solent Kestrels with their win on the road at the Leopards, and it was the visitors who got off to the better start. However, a smart run in the second stanza gave Essex the biggest lead of the contest when they went ahead by 14 points just before the half. A refocused Worthing side came out in the third and chipped away at the deficit, before crucially taking the lead to begin the final quarter. Brendan Okoronkwo drew a vital charge with just over two minutes to play, before Zaire Taylor went down the other end and went two-for-two from the foul line to give Worthing a four point advantage. Lee Hodges was stripped on the drive after a Thomas Baker timeout, allowing the Thunder to play keep-away and take key seconds before Taylor went to the line again to ice the game with two more free throws. The victory for Worthing saw them finally edge ahead of Team Solent in the standings, their 16-4 record good for the top spot as things stand. 

Zaire Taylor led the Thunder with 27 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and four steals, while Alex Owumi provided 24 points and three rebounds, knocking down seven three-pointers on the day. Tom Ward chipped in with 18 points, including four triples, and seven assists, while Jorge Ebanks had nine points, with Kevin Moyo and Brendan Okoronkwo chipping in seven points apiece. Lee Hodges led all scorers with 29 points, 10 rebounds and two assists for the Leopards, going a perfect 13-13 from the field. Findlay Wood had 17 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Asante Sandiford supported with 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Captain Sam Newman was limited to just five points on the day, shooting a disappointing 1-8 from the field.


 Bradford Dragons 90 v 98 Hemel Storm 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 6.15pm

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Bradford's tough run of form continued on Saturday evening as they suffered a close home loss at the hands of an ever-improving Hemel Storm side. The Dragons got the better of the early going, but Coach Robert Youngblood's squad quickly settled and were able to edge ahead by the half-time interval. The Storm lead continued to grow as the second half progressed, before Bradford cut the deficit to just one point when Rihards Sulcs converted his and-one. Levi Noel and TrayVonn Wright scored all of Hemel's points in the closing stages, making Bradford pay for sending them to the line. Sulcs did his best to keep pace for the Dragons, scoring a further five points in the final minute, but it wasn't enough as Bradford fell to another loss.

The road win was led by an impressive 37 point, 11 rebound effort from TrayVonn Wright, while Blayne Freckleton had 25 points, five rebounds and three assists. Levi Noel and Jack Burnell chipped in 10 points apiece to round out the double digit scorers. Rihards Sulcs paced the Dragons with 22 points, 10 rebounds and two steals, while Ricky Fetske added 19 points, 15 rebounds and two assists. Rafael Saipe chipped in 19 points of his own, three rebounds and eight assists, while Andreas Lycoudis contributed 11 points and six assists. Allie Fullah rounded out the double figure scorers with 10 points and eight rebounds. 


 Derby Trailblazers 85 v 74 Team Solent Kestrels 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 7.15pm

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Team Solent Kestrels' title ambitions took a major hit on Saturday night as they picked up their fourth loss of the season as they came up against a commanding Trailblazers' performance. Derby led for almost the entirety of the contest as the hosts pulled ahead by six points in the early going. The advantage quickly grew to 13 after Coach Matt Shaw's side went on a sharp run to start the second frame, before the lead ballooned to 20+ points during a dominant second half effort. The Kestrels showed signs of life late on with a 14-5 run that cut the deficit to 12, but they could never quite get it back to single digits as the Blazers maintained their arms length advantage until the final buzzer.

The upset win for Derby was led by an impressive 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks from Malcolm Smith, while Jake Wesselingh came off the bench to provide 14 points and three rebounds. Isa Brandon finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, four steals and four blocks, while Tre-Shawn Wilford added 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Meanwhile, Smith's output was matched by Travis Charles' 26 points and eight rebounds, while fellow import Herm Senor II had a rougher night on the scoreboard, shooting 3-15 from the field to add 10 points. However, Senor II was able to match an impact in other ways as the dynamic guard chipped in 12 assists, nine steals and six rebounds. Elliott Dadds finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Chris Scarlett rounded out the double figure scorers with 10 points off the bench. 


 Nottingham McDonalds Hoods 49 v 98 Loughborough Riders 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 7.30pm

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The only uneven contest to take place on an exciting Saturday in NBL Division One saw Loughborough Riders dominate an all-East Midlands encounter at Wildcats Arena. The Riders led from tip to buzzer in this one, as Coach Mark Jarram's squad came out of the gates with a sharp performance, leading by 16 points at the half-time interval. The second half was where the lead really began to get out of hand, as a punishing defensive effort by Loughborough limited the Hoods to just 19 points in the entire second half - as they poured 52 points of their own to improve to 12-5 on the season.

Reis Pinnock had his best game since his comeback from injury as he came off the bench for 16 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in just over 20 minutes of action. Niall Harris matched his output with 16 points of his own to go with two rebounds and three steals, while Captain Jonas Dieterich chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds. Hosana Kitenge finished just shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while young Charnwood big man Ethan Damerum added nine points and six rebounds off the bench. The Hoods rough offensive night was led by 12 points and two assists off the bench from Anatasios Traianos, while Delaney Powell paced the starters with eight points and nine rebounds, despite shooting 1-16 from the floor. Tom Ballantine went a perfect 4-4 from the field as he chipped in nine points and five rebounds, while veteran David Watts knocked down a couple of triples to contribute eight points and four rebounds.


 Nottingham McDonalds Hoods 63 v 77 Derby Trailblazers 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 3.00pm

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After their rough night against Loughborough, the Hoods were straight back in action in a Sunday matinee encounter against Derby, but were unable to pick up any points as the Blazers completed their double-header with another victory. Another somewhat disappointing offensive performance from Nottingham allowed Derby to control this one, as Coach Matt Shaw's side took an early lead that they wouldn't relinquish. The deficit was cut to a single point just before the half, but a sharp run out of the interval gave the Blazers control, pulling away in a third quarter where they poured in 29 points. The lead remained at double figures throughout the final frame, allowing Derby to cruise to an impressive win which saw them improve to 14-7 and regain control of third place.

Malcolm Smith led the Blazers once again with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Isa Brandon had 14 points, six rebounds and three steals. Captain Oli Stanley matched his output with 14 points, four rebounds and two steals, while Jake Wesselingh and Tre-Shawn Wilford contributed nine points apiece. David Watts knocked down three triples off the bench to lead Nottingham with 17 points and five rebounds, while Cole Welle paced the starters with a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds. Luke Mitchell chipped in 12 points and three assists, while Andrej Slavik finished just shy of his double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. 


 Team Newcastle 81 v 87 Thames Valley Cavaliers 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 3.00pm

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Newcastle's home-and-home double-header weekend came to a disappointing conclusion when they dropped a second consecutive game in a narrow loss, as Thames Valley recovered from their own overtime disappointment a day prior. In a game that was never led by more than eight points, Team Newcastle took the largest lead of the contest just before the half when they held a 39-31 advantage. The hosts led by as many as seven points in the latter stages, but a 12-3 run quickly turned the game in the Cavs favour to see them take a vital lead. The home side tied the game through an Onyekachi Nzerem dunk, before they were held scoreless for the remainder of the final two minutes, as Abdoulaye Sylla and Martelle McLemore wrapped up the win for the road team.

Abdoulaye Sylla and Martelle McLemore were instrumental in the Cavaliers' victory as the two talented wing scorers combined for 59 points. Sylla had a team-high 25 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks, while McLemore finished with 24 points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals. Darnell Gumbs-Williams chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds and two assists, while Charles Acquah-Davis provided 12 points off the bench. Ben Seipt led all scorers with 28 points, five rebounds and four assists for Newcastle, while Onyekachi Nzerem added 19 points, four rebounds and five assists. Fran Urli and Tosan Evbuomwan rounded out their double digit scorers with 10 points apiece. 


 Loughborough Riders 85 v 77 Manchester Magic 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 4.00pm

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Loughborough made it two out of two over their double-header weekend as the high-flying East Midlands took care of a resilient Manchester Magic side to improve to 13-5 and take control of fourth place. An ever-improving Magic side has been able to hang around in recent weeks, suffering single digit losses in games that they compete hard in before struggling to get over the hump. A rough start was the visitors undoing in this one, as the Riders were able to pour in 29 points in the opening stanza and get out to an early 15 point lead. The Magic chipped away at the deficit and got it back to a two point gap midway through the third and again to begin the fourth, but Loughborough pulled away once more behind smart play from Kyle Jimenez and Reis Pinnock in the latter stages.

Niall Harris had a team-high 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead Loughborough, while Alex Roberts finished with 14 points, 14 assists, six rebounds and two steals. Scoring by committee as ever, the Riders had three players notch 11 points, as Lucien Cristofis also added two rebounds and four assists, while Reis Pinnock chipped in eight rebounds and David Forsyth shot an even 5-6 from the floor. Meanwhile, a short-handed Manchester side were led by 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists from Richard Bell, while Ryan Lewis finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. US big man Jonathan Barnes chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds, while point guard Kayin Darbey added six points, four rebounds and two assists. 


 Bradford Dragons 91 v 99 Leicester Warriors 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 4.15pm

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Bradford's double-header action came to disappointing end on Sunday afternoon, as the West Yorkshire side were unable to pick up any points this weekend - while Leicester grabbed their fifth straight league win. The Dragons very nearly had this one settled when they jumped out to an 11 point lead in the third frame, before an 11-0 to begin the fourth run gave Leicester their first lead og the second half. Andreas Lycoudis responded with a triple to put Bradford up 74-73, but that would be the hosts final lead of the game as high scoring climax to the game saw the Warriors go on a 10-0 run in the final minute and a half to clinch it. 

Leicester had another exceptional game from Raphell Thomas-Edwards who had 22 points, 12 rebounds and two assists, while Martyn Gayle added 22 points of his own to go with eight rebounds. Taylor Johnson chipped in 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Lamin Willan finished with 13 points, two rebounds and four assists off the bench. Rihards Sulcs led all scorers with 23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Ricky Fetske added a double-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Rafael Saipe and Jermayne Laing contributed 19 and 18 points, respectively, while Andreas Lycoudis finished with 15 points off the bench. 


 Hemel Storm 81 v 101 Team Solent Kestrels 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 5.00pm

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Team Solent Kestrels got back to winning ways on Sunday evening when they put together a strong offensive performance to down Hemel Storm. The loss for Hemel saw them split their double-header weekend, having to settle for a 6-12 record heading into March. Pouring in 57 points in the first half, Solent jumped out to a 15 point lead at the interval and never risked losing the lead as the second half progressed. Despite the win, the Kestrels' find themselves in unfamiliar territory as the weekend comes to a close, with Worthing now sitting atop the league standings. However, Solent hold the head-to-head advantage, so still control their own destiny if they can remain perfect down the stretch. With three games remaining against the top seven, including road trips to Reading and Essex, there still are some tricky tests for Coach Matt Guymon and his side to navigate. 

Travis Charles tied a game-high with 32 points, 15 rebounds and three assists in this one, while Elliott Dadds added 21 points and 12 assists. Tayo Oyefusi chipped in 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while Herm Senor II finished with 10 points, three rebounds and four assists. Chris Scarlett came off the bench to add 12 points and two assists, knocking down four triples. TrayVonn Wright matched Charles with 32 points of his own, to go with 11 rebounds, while Blayne Freckleton had 18 points and six assists. Levi Noel finished with 12 points and four assists as the only other double digit scorer for Hemel. 


WNBL Division One

 Anglia Ruskin University 81 v 74 Bristol Academy Flyers 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 4.00pm

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The game of the weekend in the WNBL saw Anglia Ruskin come from behind in the second half to pick up an important win as the title race heats up in WNBL Division One. The Rhinos grabbed an early 10 point lead, but the game was quickly spun on its head when the Flyers took a five point advantage of their own. After the lead changed hands in the third frame, it was the hosts who took control down the stretch behind solid late efforts from Najha Treadwell and Nadege Talva. 

Najha Treadwell led the Rhinos with 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Jazmin Gyulai provided support with 19 points and two steals. Ilaria Zaffaroni chipped in 13 points and two rebounds off the bench, while Captain Nadege Talva finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Mai Zilbeti came off the bench to lead the Flyers with 21 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Flo Ward led the starters with 13 points and three assists. Cristina Bigica was kept notably quiet, only getting up five field goal attempts in 22 minutes to chip in nine points and three rebounds. Fiona Fox and Liisa Juul provided a useful scoring punch off the bench for Bristol as they contributed 10 points apiece. 


 Southwark Pride 53 v 63 Team Solent Kestrels 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 4.00pm

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Team Solent Kestrels kept up their pressure at the top of the table with a low-scoring victory over Southwark Pride that came down to a lop-sided second stanza. The lead changed hands in the early going, but the Kestrels' made their impression on the game in a second quarter that saw them outscore their hosts 21-7 to take an 18 point lead at the half. The visitors' dominance continued in the third frame when the lead grew to to 28 points, but the Pride showed resilience in the fourth to bring the deficit back with an 18-0 run over the final six minutes. 

Geena Gomez led Solent with 19 points, four rebounds and two assists, while Jodi Jerram had 12 points off the bench for Coach CJ Lee. Andrea Kurkowski and Earleesha Jackson chipped in seven points apiece, while Eloise Sneddon added six points. Amelia Sandie came off the bench to pace Southwark with 12 points and three assists, while Megan Haines finished with 10 points and three assists. Captain Amelia Watkins chipped in with eight points and four rebounds, while Esther Oluade contributed eight points of her own.


 Loughborough Riders 49 v 44 Team Birmingham Elite 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 4.30pm

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Loughborough Riders maintained their pressure on the top four in WNBL Division One with a narrow low-scoring victory over Team Birmingham Elite. In the all-Midlands battle, the Riders started well, with the their best offensive quarter of the game as they jumped out to a slender lead. The advantage grew to double figures midway through the second, before Birmingham went on a 12-0 spanning either side of the half-time interval to take their only lead of the second half. The Riders quickly rallied behind six points unanswered from Hannah Dawson, before Imogen Cook knocked down a triple to extend the advantage. A cagey final stanza saw both teams struggle to score, as Elite came up empty on crucial late possessions and Niamh Kelshaw hit a vital free throw when Birmingham had to foul.

Holly Davies was the only double digit scorer for Loughborough as she finished with 10 points, two rebounds and three assists. Lucy Threlfall had nine points and three rebounds, while Hannah Dawson added eight points and six rebounds. Rebecca Morrison contributed six points and 12 rebounds, while Niamh Kelshaw had seven points. Sandra Hewakowska led all scorers with 17 points, 13 rebounds and two steals for Birmingham, while Lisa Greenaway and Jessica Cooper finished with seven points apiece. Elite were notably without Rebecca Brindley and Lucy Buxton, two recent top performers for the West Midlands' side. 


 Ipswich 56 v 63 Reading Rockets 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 12.00pm

Sunday afternoon saw Ipswich complete the WNBL Division One action with a home loss at the hands of Reading Rockets, unable to complete a comeback effort in the second half after a poor start to the game. The Rockets started the better of the two sides as they took a seven point lead after the first quarter. The visitors' advantage grew to 15 points at the interval, before Ipswich were able to trim the deficit back to 10 points heading into the final stanza. The comeback continued in the fourth as the Suffolk-based side got it down to single digits, but they were unable to get over the hump as Reading improved to 4-8 on the season. Ipswich's plight for a top four finish took a hit with the loss, as the fell to 8-7 on the campaign, with Loughborough breathing down their neck in fifth. 

The Reading victory was paced by 19 points from Carmen Segura Moreno, while Anabel Latorre Ciria added 11 points and Candela Hermida Nunez chipped in 10 points. Harriet Welham led all scorers with 29 points for Ipswich, while Charlotte Redhead finished with eight points and Susannah Rafiu contribued seven points. 


NBL Division Two

 Greenwich Titans 48 v 76 Sussex Bears 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 3.00pm

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A solid run of form for Greenwich Titans, which had seen them pick up a couple of victories and some narrow losses in recent weeks, came to an abrupt end on Saturday when Sussex Bears grabbed a dominant win on the road. The first stanza was tough for both sides in this one as neither team found it easy to score early on, and the half-time interval rolled around with nothing to separate the two sides. The second half was when Coach Gary Smith's visitors really turned it on at both ends, pouring in 27 points in the third quarter, while holding the Titans to just 18 points in the entire second half as the south coast squad improved to 9-6. 

Tomas Seduikis led Sussex with 22 points and four rebounds, while Dom Baker had 19 points and four rebounds. Cordaris Townes finished with a quieter than usual 12 points, four rebounds and two steals, while James Felstead chipped in 10 points and three rebounds. Greenwich were paced by 12 points and two rebounds from Ray Akpofure, while Yassin Bouraidah was the only other double figure scorer with 10 points and four rebounds. 


 London United 83 v 93 Liverpool 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 4.00pm

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After a stern test from a fellow top four side, Liverpool's unbeaten run continued as their 15-0 record on the season leaves them just five more wins away from an historic perfect campaign. A high-scoring game from the start, London United really lit it up to begin this one, as the hosts poured in 52 points in the first half. Trailing by just five points at the interval, after trailing by 16 points in the first stanza, Liverpool quickly got back on level terms - before using a 15-0 run either side of the third quarter break to take control. Try as they might, the hosts struggled to get it back below double digits down the stretch, only once cutting the lead to eight, as Liverpool held on for an impressive come-from-behind victory.

Liverpool were paced by 34 points and six rebounds from swingman Mark Rangeley, while Kaphel Ulett-Waul chipped in 14 points and four assists. Tyme Regent-Bascombe came off the bench to chip in 13 points, three rebounds and two assists, while Uche Umekwe and Kenny Ogunneye added 10 points apiece. Marius Talijunas had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead United, while Yonathon Napoleon added 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. Modestas Karauskas chipped in 13 points and five rebounds, while Elias Poorman finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals. 


 Westminster Warriors 85 v 70 East London All Stars 

Saturday 23 February 2019 - 5.30pm

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A strong run of recent form for Westminster Warriors seems to have them locked into the second position in the NBL Division Two standings, adding a Saturday evening win over East London All Stars to their 11-3 record on the season. The hosts jumped out to an early lead in this one and looked comfortable throughout, leading by as many as 19 points in the opening stanza. Early in the third, the visitors did manage to trim the deficit to just two points, but Westminster pulled away once again and opened out a double digit advantage.

Justin Hitchman had 24 points and five rebounds for the recent Patrons Cup champions, while player-coach Jon Johnson added a double-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Juan Manning matched his play-caller's output with 15 points of his own, to go with two rebounds and three steals, while Tosin Oyelese chipped in 12 points and four rebounds. Kyle Gouveia continued an impressive season for East London with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while the young back-court of Jonathan James and Aaron Badibo chipped in 13 points apiece. Brian Nguru added 10 points and two rebounds off the bench for Coach Dave Greenaway.


 London United 95 v 79 Ipswich 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 2.00pm

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London United completed their double-header action with an improved performance to grab victory over Ipswich on Sunday afternoon - improving to 9-7 on the season, which is good for third place as things stand. The lead changed hands numerous times in the opening stanza, before United jumped out to an 11 point advantage that they only relinquish once in the third period. The double digit deficit was quickly re-established in the fourth as the hosts cruised to victory at Alec Reed Academy.

United's recent signing Yonathan Napoleon turned heads with his performance in this one as he had 32 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists in an impressive near triple-double effort. Modestas Krasauskas added 18 points and three assists, Dovydas Rudik and Marius Talijunas contributed 12 points apiece in the win. Ethan Price played a full 40 minutes and led Ipswich with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Ben Winter supported with 16 points and six rebounds. Captain Cameron Hawes chipped in 14 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Veron Eze added 10 points and two rebounds. 


 Derbyshire Arrows 67 v 79 London Greenhouse Pioneers 

Sunday 24 February 2019 - 4.15pm

The final action of the NBL Division Two weekend saw London Greenhouse Pioneers pick up a much-needed victory away at Dronfield Sports Centre as they downed the Derbyshire Arrows. The Pioneers first victory of 2019 did not come easily, but the visitors were able to edge ahead in the early going in this one - leading by three points after quarter one, then by seven points at the half-time interval. A renewed Arrows' effort cut the lead to four points after the third frame, but the travelling side rallied in the fourth to put together a good performance in the latter stages and pull away for a double digit win. 

Theo Deleligne led the Pioneers with 28 points, while Mariano Lussenhoff added 19 points and Mbombo Yegba chipped in nine points. Joseph Baugh led all scorers to pace Derbyshire with 29 points, while Callum McKenzie supported with 13 points and Osemwegie Eboigbe contributed 10 points. 


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