National Cup recap: 14 November 2021

The National Cup didn't disappoint as we head towards the quarter-finals, with more than one upset this past weekend.

The majority of the NBL National fourth round ties are now in the books, with the WNBL National Cup wrapping the third round towards a conclusion this past Sunday.

The NBL Live cameras were also out and about to cover Solent's 82-65 victory in Worcester against the Wolves, putting themselves in the hat for the quarter-finals in the process.

NBL National Cup

Current holders Team Solent Kestrels made short work of D1M's bottom side Essex Rebels, winning 110-76 thanks to 16 points from Kemel Archer.

Derby Trailblazers were also able to progress, beating Bradford Dragons 91-77 on the road.

A 32-22 fourth quarter put the final nail in the coffin for the Dragons, with DTB's Jonas Dieterich and Malcolm Smith both top scoring on 28 points. Bradford's Zach Gachette had 33 in reply.

There was to be no repeat of the last round as D2M North's Doncaster Eagles failed to spring a surprise on Team Newcastle University, losing 95-75.

The Eagles beat D1 side Loughborough in the previous round but the North West made sure lighting wouldn't strike twice thanks to 33 points from Brandon Federici.

Hemel Storm easily saw off D2's 2017/18 winners, waltzing their way into the next round following a 106-69 score line.

Taylor Johnson was the main offensive threat for the 2017/18 winners, enjoying a game-high 28 points. Jason Tucker impressed with 25 points for the visitors.

Finally, it was Worthing Thunder who sealed bragging rights in the battle between two of D1M's top sides, beating Reading Rockets 97-90.

A 32-22 final frame was enough to get the hosts over the line in this one, as American Howard Crawford continued his recent good form to score 25 points.

Jaz Bains was the main source of resistance for the Rockets, he had 22.

Hemel won the National Cup in 2017/18 after a 94-77 victory against Manchester Magic.

WNBL National Cup

The most successful side in the WNBL National Cup's history, Sheffield Hatters, kept their dream of a 17th title alive as they beat Ipswich 78-64.

Sheffield's star-studded line up included an eye-catching volume of international caps, domestic silverware and individual honours, with 2014/15 WBBL MVP Steph Gandy taking to the court with former National Cup winners Ann "Jimmy" Jamieson, Lisa Hutchinson, Sarah Cooney (formerly Naylor) and Ann Skelton.

With a number of the Hatters' players still active on the Masters circuit, their experience eventually shone through as Ipswich's young side were unable to match their more seasoned opponents. 

Cooney top scored in the upset with 18 points, whilst Olivia Forster paced Ipswich with 27.

The NBL Live team were able to capture Team Solent Kestrel's 82-65 victory against Worcester Wolves.

A 30-15 third quarter broke the game open for the visitors and the Wolves never recovered, despite 19 points from Chandre Nunez.

Molly Danielson and Detti Balla top score for Solent, they both had 17 points.

Current holders Anglia Ruskin University are safely through to the next round after a 76-50 win against London Lions II.

A 24-2 opening period for the hosts doomed the Lions from the get-go, creating a deficit they'd never erase.

2019/20 finalists Nottingham Trent University were dumped out by D2W outfit Stockport Lapwings, who won a thriller 56-55.

Leading 32-25 at the half, NTU came out slowly after the break and paid the price. Losing the third 24-8 proved pivotal as the Lapwings were left to celebrate a famous win.

The only other game on Sunday saw D2's Derby Trailblazers bow out of the competition as they lost 82-75 on the road to Bristol Flyers.

Derby got a stunning 33 point, 10 rebound double-double from Amari Price, but it wouldn't be enough to topple the top flight side, who were paced by Mai Zilbeti's 14 points.

NBL National Cup

Team Newcastle University 95-75 Doncaster Eagles
Bradford Dragons 77-91 Derby Trailblazers
Hemel Storm 106-69 Northamptonshire Titans
Essex Rebels 76-110 Team Solent Kestrels
Worthing Sunday 97-90 Reading Rockets

WNBL National Cup

Bristol Flyers 82-75 Derby Trailblazers
Cardiff Met Archers II 20-0 Coventry Flames
Nottingham Trent University 55-56 Stockport Lapwings
Ipswich 64-78 Sheffield Hatters
Worcester Wolves 65-82 Team Solent Kestrels
Anglia Ruskin University 76-50 London Lions II