NBL1 & National Cup recap: 2/3 December - live streams, NBL Live, stats and more

The first weekend of December didn't disappoint, with some high-quality action across a pair of competitions.

Six games made up the D1M line up on Saturday before four Round of 16 games took place as the NBL National Cup ended the weekend

We take a look back at all of the weekend's action below, with links to live stats and live streams at the bottom of the page.

City of Birmingham Rocket (4-3) 70-77 London Elite (2-6)

London Elite picked up a big road win in their quest to move up the D1M standings, beating City of Birmingham 77-70.

The NBL Live cameras were in place to witness Elite trailing 60-52 going into the final quarter before roaring back to claim a solid comeback win behind 21 points and nine boards from Aiden Saunders.

The result was a fair reward for the travelling side, who led for the majority of the first half before losing their way after the break, eventually going behind by double digits early in the fourth.

That just set the scene for what would be a rousing reversal, with Elite going on a 25-8 run the rest of the way.

Former EABL standout Kane Daley added a joint game-high 22 points off the London bench, cancelling out a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double from CoB's Orlan Jackman in his return to action.

Rockets' captain Martyn Gayle also dropped 22 points in the contest, but it wouldn't be enough to stop the hosts from slipping to their third defeat in four games, pulling the newly promoted side back down the standings after a solid start to their campaign.

The win for Elite pulls them level on four points with Thames Valley and Worthing, and creates a further gap to basement side Barking, with all three of those sides losing this weekend.


Elsewhere this weekend

Newcastle University (4-2) strengthened their playoff position with a 100-93 win over Thames Valley Cavaliers (2-7), though that result looked unlikely at the half way stage.

TVC led 61-32 after the opening 20 minutes but Newcastle came out firing after the main change to win the second half 68-32 behind Justin Hopkins' 32 points and 31 more from Logan Rooney.

For TVC, Bode Adeluola had 29 points, complemented by a massive 16 points, 27 rebounds and eight assist effort from Igor Stokic.

Essex Rebels (7-1) moved into first place in the D1M standings with an exciting 119-111 OT victory against Nottingham Hoods (5-4).

Connor Nelson (22pts), Trey Chapman (22pts) and Luke Busumbru (23pts, 10reb, 9ast) all scored well for the Rebels, with Elias Poorman (11pts, 10reb 1ast) grabbing a triple-double.

Joshua Guddemi dropped a game-high 28 points for Nottingham in defeat, with Landon Taliaferro adding 25 more.

Loughborough Riders (6-3) shrugged off last weekend's losses to beat bottom side Barking Abbey (0-9) 82-67 as Riders' captain Justin Hedley filled the stat sheet with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Reading Rockets(6-1) continued to show their title aspirations, going to Hemel Storm (5-3) and beating them 92-84.

Hakeem Sylla had a 27 point, 11 rebound double-double for the hosts, but it wouldn't be enough against a Rockets' offence led by 26 points from Mitch Clarke.

Bradford Dragons (3-6) made their trip down to the South coast worth it as they saw off Worthing Thunder's (2-5) 85-81.

In a see-saw contest where both teams took turns to hold sizable leads, it was the Dragons who'd have their noses in front come the final buzzer thanks to 17 points and 14 boards from Zion Tordoff, whilst Hafeez Abdul's 36 points and six boards were an impressive effort despite the final result.

National Cup

Round five of the NBL National Cup continued this weekend, with four more teams punching their ticket to the quarter-finals.

Derby Trailblazers went to the North West and beat former winners Manchester Magic 84-64, whilst another D1 outfit, Reading Rockets, took care of business against another D2 side in Greenwich Titans, with a comfortable 106-57 scoreline.

D1M leaders Essex Rebels finished their weekend in style, claiming Eastern bragging rights over Endeavour Ipswich Basketball with a 112-88 win.

Likewise, Barking Abbey saw off cross-town rivals CoLA Southwark Pride, winning 79-69 as a welcome distraction from their D1M campaign.

The scheduled game between Milton Keynes Breakers and Nottingham Hoods fell foul of the weather.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 2 December - D1M

Newcastle University 100-93 Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

Nottingham Hoods 111-119 Essex Rebels (After 1OT) - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Loughborough Riders 82-67 Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Hemel Storm 84-92 Reading Rockets

Worthing Thunder 81-85 Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

City of Birmingham Rockets 70-77 London Elite - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 3 December - NBL National Cup

Barking Abbey 79-69 CoLA Southwark Pride

Endeavour Ipswich Basketball 88-112 Essex Rebels

Reading Rockets 106-57 Greenwich Titans - LIVE STREAM

Manchester Magic 64-84 Derby Trailblazers


Main image credit - Ivan Grotsev