Hemel's OT thriller against Worthing meant the top two weren't in league action over the past few days, but there were still eight games spread across this past weekend with key wins for Derby, Reading and others.
There's a recap of all the action below and each result is also clickable to view the live stats.
Team Newcastle started their weekend with a big win over playoff rivals Nottingham, with a 100-84 final score.
The game formed the first leg of a back-to-back double header between the sides, with the North East hosts getting off to a flyer thanks to a 32-14 opening quarter and 30 points from Jordan May.
May was backed up well by Makhi Morris, who closed on 22 points, and Josh Moore (13pts, 6reb, 5ast).
The game looked to be getting out of hand early in the second half as Newcastle's advantage came within a whisker of the 30 point mark, but Nottingham battled back to reduce their deficit to nine midway through the final quarter.
That was as close as the Hoods would get however, with Johde Campbell contributing a team-high 22 points.
The win helped keep Newcastle's playoff aspirations on track, where as Nottingham probably needed a pair of wins from the weekend given their limited number of games remaining compared to the post-season chasers around them.
Team Newcastle take a win over Hoods in their first matchup of their weekend double header.— bbl fix (@BblFix) March 11, 2023
📸 Gary Forster pic.twitter.com/3LSOnmlg3P
London Lions II (6-16) eased their relegation fears with a narrow 77-75 win against Essex Rebels (7-15), thanks in part to a 21-point, eight-rebound effort from Ignas Juskevicius. American Owen Chose balled out in the loss for the Rebels, he closed with 34 points.
Team Solent Kestrels (11-11) couldn't use home advantage to upset high-flying Derby Trailblazers (16-5), with DTB coming out on top 84-78. Solent's Ricky Madison (23pts, 15reb) and Derby's Raheem May-Thompson (21pts, 8reb) went toe-to-toe in that one before the visitors edged it.
Thames Valley Cavaliers (11-12) started their double-header weekend with a 108-95 victory against Bradford Dragons (11-11). Bode Adeluola had a productive game to drop 32 points whilst dishing eight assists, doing more than enough to get TVC over the line.
Manchester Magic's (4-18) fading survival hopes took another hit as the North West side lost 85-74 against Loughborough Riders (12-10). The Riders enjoyed 24 points from Elijah Bailey and 20 more off the bench from Joe Bielak, cancelling out a 30-point, 10-rebound double-double from Manchester's Andre Gayle.
A 30-15 opening quarter sank Westminster Warriors (2-20) as top four candidates Reading Rockets (13-9) ran out to an 88-73 victory to start yesterday's action.
The quick start ensured the hosts would lead from tip to buzzer, aided by a stunning 28 points and 19 boards from Troy Cracknell.
Nottingham gained some revenge against Newcastle in the second leg of their double-header, bouncing back from Saturday's loss to win 91-73.
Joshua Guddemi (29pts, 13reb) and Seth Hall (27pts, 7reb, 7ast) formed a formidable double-team for the hosts as Josh Moore (17pts, 12reb, 8ast) flirted with a triple-double for Newcastle.
The weekend ended with Thames Valley and London Lions II also doubling up, with the Cavs sealing a 89-76 victory.
Bode Adeluola was once again in top form to score 26 for the hosts, with former Nottingham Hoods guard Victor Olarerin also finishing on 26 points. Igor Stokic had a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double for the Lions, but it wouldn't be enough.
Lions II edge Rebels to move towards D1 safety.— bbl fix (@BblFix) March 11, 2023
📸 Luke Simcock, Lauren Newham pic.twitter.com/WO4AyIxXIE
4pm - London Lions II 77-75 Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS
7pm - Manchester Magic 74-85 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS
4pm - Reading Rockets 88-73 Westminster Warriors - LIVE STATS
4pm - Nottingham Hoods 91-73 Team Newcastle University - LIVE STATS
Main image credit - Nick Winter