NBL1 recap: 3/4 February - live streams, stats and more

D1M continues to be tied at the top, with other teams circling just behind as the season rumbles on.

Hemel's new additions got off to a winning start at Worthing and Newcastle staged a huge comeback against Loughborough, but wins for Derby and Essex kept them narrowly ahead at the front of the pack.

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.

Newcastle University (10-4) 99-98 Loughborough Riders (9-6)

Newcastle staged a stunning fightback to beat Loughborough 99-98, keeping their top-four hopes alive in the process.

The hosts trailed 84-69 going into the final quarter, with Loughborough extending their advantage to 19 points shortly after the frame began.

That set the scene for Newcastle's dramatic revival, going on a 21-2 run that including a 12-0 stretch across the final three minutes of regulation.

That streak was capped by a Justin Hopkins lay-up with seven ticks remaining to hand coach Elderkin's side their first lead since early in the second quarter.

Hopkins enjoyed a productive afternoon to lead all scorers on 34 points, with Logan Rooney splashing 5/7 from long-range to close on 20 points.

Josh Moore chipped in 19 points as Theo Riley came close to a triple-double (10pts, 10ast, 9reb).

Justin Hedley (30pts, 7ast, 6reb) was the standout for Loughborough in the heartbreaking loss, Elijah Bailey added another 18 points.

The win keeps Newcastle in the top four, ahead of Loughborough who slip down to sixth.


Elsewhere this weekend

Hemel Storm (11-2) had no problem seeing off Worthing Thunder (5-10), coming through their road game with a 97-77 victory.

It was a relatively quiet return for Taylor Johnson (15pts, 4reb, 4ast, 3stl) by his previous NBL standards, leaving fellow guard Sam Newman (12pts, 14ast) to steal the show.

Nottingham Hoods' (7-9) poor form continues as they went down 90-84 against Thames Valley Cavaliers (4-11).

The win was a big one in TVC's quest to move away from the potential relegation spots, with Bode Adeluola knocking down five threes on his way to a game-high 27 points.

Barking Abbey's (2-13) recent revival was brought to a halt by co-leaders Essex Rebels (12-2), American centre Trey Chapman's 20 points pushed the Rebels to a 97-82 road win.

Derby Trailblazers (12-2) were made to sweat by London Elite (2-13), having to overturn an unlikely 44-37 half-time deficit to win 91-80.

Seventeen points, seven assists and seven rebounds from Corey Johnson helped DTB get over the line in the end, cancelling out 20 points from London's Aiden Saunders.

City of Birmingham Rockets (4-10) were narrowly beaten not once but twice this weekend as their search for a first win since November goes on.

Bradford Dragons (7-8) got the better of the Rockets 74-72 on Saturday before Reading Rockets (9-3) edged them 99-92 24 hours later.

Ronald Blain, Zion Tordoff and Rihards Sulcs all scored 14 points for the Dragons, whilst 27 points from Samuel Toluwase and 24 more from Jayden Grewal wouldn't be enough to lift CoB in Sunday's only game.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 3 February

Newcastle University 99-98 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

Nottingham Hoods 84-90 Thames Valley Cavaliers - LIVE STATS

Baking Abbey 82-97 Essex Rebels

Derby Trailblazers 91-80 London Elite - LIVE STATS

Worthing Thunder 77-97 Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS

City of Birmingham Rockets 72-74 Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

Sunday 4 February

Reading Rockets 99-92 City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


Main image credit - Kay Lu