NBL1 recap: 2/3 March - live streams, stats and more

The D1M regular season title looks like Derby's to lose after Essex slipped up this weekend.

The Trailblazers now have a two game cushion over second place Essex with five games to go, as Hemel, Reading and Newcastle continue the battle for top four places.

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

Newcastle University (13-6) 97-90 Bradford Dragons (9-10)

Newcastle picked up a valuable home win against Bradford, taking Saturday's clash 97-90.

Ronald Blain looked to have come back to haunt his former club as the visitors jumped out to a double digit lead in the opening quarter, but by early in second half Newcastle had a 10 point advantage of their own to flip the game around.

The lead would switch more than a few times throughout an interesting third frame before a 21-15 fourth for the hosts eventually got them over the line.

Blain's 23 points and 11 boards would lead the Dragons in both categories, though it wouldn't be enough against a three-pronged Newcastle attack.

Josh Moore (26pts) led all scorers, with Logan Rooney (19pts, 6reb, 4ast) and Justin Hopkins (18pts, 6reb, 7ast) both putting together solid performances.

The win keeps Newcastle in the hunt for the top four against Reading, with the two still set to match up for a second time on the season later this month.

Bradford still have a four point cushion to the teams chasing them below, but their ability to crack the top six took a hit with the defeat.  



Elsewhere this weekend

It may well be curtains for Essex Rebels' (15-3) title challenge as they went down 89-73 at home to an Orlan Jackman-inspired City of Birmingham Rockets (7-12). 

The Commonwealth gold medallist had a 27 point, 19 rebound double-double on 56% shooting to down the Rebels, with the Rockets moving into playoff contention as the only road team to win this weekend.

Hemel Storm (13-4) added another victory to their total with a convincing 94-65 win over Thames Valley Cavaliers (6-14).

Hakeem Sylla hit an impressive 13/14 from the floor for a team-high 26 points, cancelling out 15 points and eight boards from Timi Tolu Ogunkoya off the TVC bench.

Reading Rockets (13-6) pulled level with Newcastle in fourth after a pair of wins this weekend.

Saturday's W against London Elite (3-16) was a close one, with a 72-66 final score. Both sides traded blows in an entertaining fourth quarter before the Rockets prevailed thanks to 20 points from Mitch Clarke.

It was Elijah Maynard who came to the fore during the 104-63 victory over Thames Valley on Sunday. The Reading forward dropped an impressive 28 points to pour further misery on TVC, who remain in eleventh as the closest target for both of the bottom two.

Leaders Derby Trailblazers (17-2) came through their top vs bottom clash with Barking Abbey (3-17), winning 92-71 in front of the NBL Live cameras.

25 points from Corey Johnson and 15 assists from Charlie Brown got the job done against BA despite the absence of star guard Sam Masten.

Sam Akano (18pts, 10reb) and Harry Godwin (16pts, 4/6 3pt) led the way for Barking.

This weekend's fixtures:

Saturday 2 March

2pm - Newcastle University 97-90 Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6:30pm - Essex Rebels 73-89 City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

7pm - Hemel Storm 94-65 Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

7pm - Reading Rockets 72-66 London Elite - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7:30pm - Derby Trailblazers 92-71 Barking Abbey - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

Sunday 3 March

4pm - Reading Rockets 104-63 Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


Main image credit - Tara St Clair