NBL1 recap: 21/22 October - live streams, stats and more

Another weekend of D1M action is completed, and the last two days didn't disappoint!

There was an stunning 3OT thriller in West Yorkshire between Bradford and City of Birmingham, whilst Derby, Hemel, Essex and Reading also picked up wins.

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

Bradford Dragons (0-3) 128-131 City of Birmingham Rockets (2-0) (After 3OT)

Bradford and CoB played out an incredible contest this weekend, using three periods of OT before the Rockets prevailed 131-128.

Kayne King's triple on the buzzer sealed the contest in dramatic fashion, much in the same way that a Rihards Sulcs three with four seconds left in regulation had sent the game to OT for the hosts.

The game ebbed and flowed for the majority, with neither side able to lead by more than five points for large sections. CoB did lead by nine heading into the fourth, but a 25-16 final frame saw the Dragons roar back and keep the game alive.

The extended action allowed some players to post impressive stat lines, with Birmingham's Orlan Jackman (34pts, 15reb, 5ast) the pick of the bunch.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was supported well by Samuel Toluwase (27pts, 7reb, 4ast, 4stl)and Ronald Oberia (20pts, 4reb).

Justin Williams (31pts, 8ast, 4reb) led the way for the Dragons as one of six players to score 14 or more in the contest. 

The last-gasp victory leaves the Rockets undefeated on the early season, whilst Bradford are yet to pick up a win from three attempts despite holding just a -17 points differential.


Elsewhere this weekend

Hemel Storm (2-1) once again got the better of Worthing Thunder (0-2) in a rematch of last season's playoff final, with the reigning champs coming through 93-71.

A 25-13 opening quarter set the scene for a 50-30 half time Hemel lead, with Sam Newman (19pts, 7ast, 4/7 3pt) playing well for Storm.

London Elite (0-2) are still looking for their first win of the season as they went down 90-69 at home against Derby Trailblazers (2-1).

The visitors were led by another standout performance from Sam Masten (28pts, 10reb, 5ast, 0TO), as Raheem May-Thompson (18pts, 7/8 FG) played an efficient role off the bench.

Essex Rebels (2-1) had no problem seeing off Barking Abbey (0-3), overcoming a slow start to eventually win 90-68.

The Londoners claimed the first 21-13, but that sparked the hosts into life as they moved through the gears, with a 33-13 third quarter proving pivotal.

Victor Olarerin (27pts) top scored for the Rebels in front of nearly 900 fans at Essex University, with Sam Akano (14pts) leading the way for BA.

Reading Rockets (2-0) closed the weekend with a win, beating Thames Valley Cavaliers (1-2) 93-83.

In what was otherwise a relatively even contest, the visitors enjoyed a 32-20 third period to put some daylight between the sides and provide the platform for the road win.

Zack Powell's (25pts, 6reb, 6stl, 5reb) put together a stunning 40 efficiency outing for the Rockets in 28:09 of action, cancelling out 20 points apiece from TVC's Bode Adeluola and Igor Stokic.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 21 October

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons 128-131 City of Birmingham Rockets (after 3OT) - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - London Elite 69-90 Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Essex Rebels 90-68 Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS

7pm - Hemel Storm 93-71 Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS

7pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 83-93 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS