NBL1 recap: Week 11 (11/12 December 2021) - live streams, stats and more

It was a highly-entertaining weekend of NBL action, with some key league results and two teams booking their place in next month's L Lynch Trophy final.

There's now a two-way tie at the top of the D1M standings, with local rivals Solent and Worthing locked together on 20 points.

Newcastle and Derby will contest January's L Lynch final as well, capping off what was a great weekend of basketball.

There's a report on all the action below, and each result is also clickable if you wish to view the live stats.

Team Solent Kestrels (10-2) 77-86 Hemel Storm (8-3)

The NBL Live cameras saw Solent suffered a rare home loss this weekend, adding some extra spice to the D1M title race.

Hemel bested the South coast side 86-77 thanks to strong performances from their American duo of Greg Poleon (26pts, 9reb) and Taylor Johnson (25pts, 9reb).

Shaquille Lewis enjoyed an excellent cameo off the Hemel bench, shooting a perfect 7-7 that included a pair of triples to close with 16 points and six boards.

Cole Gentry had 20 points for the hosts, with Luke Busumbru adding 15 more.

After Solent moved ahead to lead by seven in the opening quarter, Hemel enjoyed one of their best spells of the match to quickly flip the tie around and establish a double digit advantage of their own early in the second.

The teams would head to the half time break more closely matched at 42-43 Hemel before playing out an even third quarter.

The opening four minutes of the final frame would belong to the visitors though, and a 12-6 run would put some daylight between the teams as Hemel eventually held on for a valuable win.

Elsewhere this weekend

Thames Valley Cavaliers (7-3) claimed their seventh win of the campaign as they beat Loughborough Riders (3-9) 97-65.

Hakeem Sylla's 20 point, 15 rebound double-double was too much for the visitors, with Jakobi Bonner adding 17 more. Struggling to slow down the hosts, who shot 57% from the floor, Loughborough were led on offence by Harrison Gamble's 14 points.

Derby Trailblazers (7-5) started a two-win weekend by knocking off Leicester Warriors (1-10) 100-72.

Malcolm Smith (23pts) and Blake Bowman (22pts) both led the line for the hosts, ensuring their local rivals would finish 2021 in the bottom three. 

Van Turner played well in the loss, the American had 30 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.

With Solent's defeat to Hemel, Worthing Thunder (10-2) were able to move into a share of top spot as they beat Nottingham Hoods (5-3) 100-93.

Hafeez Abdul scored 24 and Howard Crawford added 24 more a Zaire Taylor used the weekend to score his 2,000th point for Thunder.

Mo Williams led the way for Hoods, he had an impressive 30 points.

In Sunday's only game, Bradford Dragons (5-5) claimed an come-from-behind win against Reading Rockets (5-4), finishing on top 93-90.

Leading 78-70 with just over four minutes remaining, the Rockets looked to have salvaged something from their weekend after an L Lynch semi-final loss to Newcastle the previous day.

Bradford had other ideas, however, as they reeled off a 17-7 run over the closing minutes to stun the visitors and seal their fifth win of the season.

A number of Dragons played well in this one, led by Ricky Fetske's 23-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Tyler Cartaino had 26 for the Rockets.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 11 December

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels 77-86 Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 97-65 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

7pm - Derby Trailblazers 100-72 Leicester Warriors - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder 100-93 Nottingham Hoods - LIVE STATS

L Lynch Trophy - 5:15pm - Team Newcastle University 92-88 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

Sunday 12 December

4:15pm - Bradford Dragons 93-90 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

L Lynch Trophy - 3pm - Derby Trailblazers 92-77 Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Luke Simcock