NBL1 recap: Week 14 (15/16 January 2022) - live streams, stats and more

Week 14 contained plenty of talking points across its 10 games.

With some key results at the bottom of the standings, including a first victory of the season for Essex Rebels, plus a four point weekend for defending champs Solent, there plenty to cover.

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

Thames Valley Cavaliers (8-3) 97-67 Hemel Storm (9-4)

Thames Valley enjoyed a statement home win yesterday as they thumped title rivals Hemel 97-67.

The Cavs blew their opponents out of the water with a high-octane 30-15 opening quarter. Although Storm would regroup and put together a more competitive second frame, they'd never get the deficit below double digits for the remainder of the contest.

Shooting 52% from the floor, aided by 48 points in the paint, Hemel had no answer for their fellow top-four challengers as they also lost the rebound battle 50-30.

Part of the reason for TVC's dominance was an impressive 17-point, 15-rebound double-double from Hakeem Sylla, his 10th of the season across all competitions.

AJ Roberts top-scored for the hosts, shooting 7-11 that included five triples, to close on 21 points as Jarrett Hart added 16 points off the bench.

After feasting on Oaklands last weekend, Hemel's offence went cold in this one. Taylor Johnson (20pts, 4reb) and Greg Poleon (14pts, 8reb) led the way, with guard Bode Adeluola (10pts) the only other player to make it to double digits.

Elsewhere this weekend

Nottingham Hoods (8-3) began using their games in hand to vault up the standings this weekend, starting with a 97-67 win against Essex Rebels (1-11).

The hosts pushed six players into double digits, sharing the load as Joshua Guddemi top scored on 19 points. Jake Eynon's 14 points led the way for Essex.

Leicester Warriors (2-11) picked up their second win of the season as they beat Reading Rockets (5-7) 67-62.

Van Turner's incredible 36 point outing for the Warriors made the difference in a low-scoring contest, as things continue to go from bad to worse for the Rockets. Fancied by some for a title challenge before the season began, Reading are now down in tenth spot.

Loughborough Riders (4-10) took two vital points off fellow strugglers Oaklands Wolves (1-12) as they won 87-83.

A 36-17 second frame appeared to have set the hosts up for a win, but Loughborough fought back after the main change to turn the tables.

Harrison Gamble enjoyed 25 points for the Riders, with Jonathan James starring off the Wolves' bench. He closed with 25 points, including 4 triples.

Worthing Thunder (13-2) retained their spot at the top of D1M as they saw off Bradford Dragons (5-6) 89-72.

Continuing their flawless home record this season, Zaire Taylor once again led his team to glory behind another strong performance. 24 points on 9-13 shooting, plus five steals, seven boards and as many assists, it was a classic outing for the former BBL man.

The NBL cameras were able to capture Team Solent Kestrels (12-2) beating Derby Trailblazers (7-6) 82-76.

Solent survived a late charge to hold on for the win, they were leading by double digits midway through the final quarter before their advantage was quickly reduced to just four points.

Coach Guymon's side regrouped though, grabbing their 12th win of the season to stay second in the table.

Cole Gentry did a bit of everything for the hosts as he used five shots from long range to close on a team-high 20 points, adding five boards, five assists and a trio of steals.

Fellow American Malcolm Smith had a game-high 23 points for DTB, who now sit in sixth place.

Moving into yesterday's action, Essex Rebels claimed their first win of 2021/22 as they beat Leicester Warriors 89-82.

Trailing 68-63 going into the final quarter, the Rebels dug deep to come from behind as former Ipswich duo Jake Eynon (21pts) and Lee Hodges (21pts, 14reb) both excelled.

Van Turner impressed once again for Leicester with 28 points as former Reading man Lewis Diankulu added a 23-point, 17-rebound double-double.

Oaklands Wolves suffered their second loss of the weekend and dropped to the bottom of the D1M standings as they were beaten 108-74 by Nottingham Hoods.

The victory puts Nottingham in a tie with Thames Valley for fourth, with Mo Williams' 27 point afternoon the main reason for their latest W.

Team Newcastle University (7-5) took an entertaining contest against London Lions II (7-6), with a high-scoring final of 102-95.

Ronald Blain played the full 40 minutes to finish with a 25 point, 13 rebound double-double, complimenting David Moya's 23 point, nine rebound, seven assist outing.

Elijah Maynard's 33 points and eight rebounds warrant a mention despite the Lions' ultimately picking up the L.

The weekend closed with Team Solent Kestrels picking up their second win in as many days, beating Reading Rockets 91-77.

Solent were able to continue enjoying the return of Travis Charles after an extended injury layoff, with the American scoring 11 points and adding six rebounds here. Cole Gentry continued his fine form to top score with 27 points.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 15 January

3pm - Nottingham Hoods 97-67 Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS

5:30pm - Leicester Warriors 67-62 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels 82-76 Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder 89-72 Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Oaklands Wolves 83-87 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

Sunday 16 January

1:30pm - Leicester Warriors 82-89 Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS

3pm - Nottingham Hoods 108-74 Oaklands Wolves - LIVE STATS

4:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 97-67 Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS

5pm - Team Newcastle University 102-95 London Lions II - LIVE STATS

5pm - Reading Rockets 77-91 Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Loughborough basketball