NBL1 recap: 9/10 March - live streams, stats and more

D1M fans were able to enjoy one of the games of the season this past weekend.

Hemel's one-point win over Derby was an instant classic but the Trailblazers still hold their own title fate with four games to go.

Six other games filled the past few days with plenty of quality action elsewhere, including an upset win for Thames Valley against Newcastle.

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

Hemel Storm (15-4) 102-101 Derby Trailblazers (17-3)

Veron Eze's buzzer-beating finish was enough to vault Hemel to a last-gasp victory over title favourites Derby, with a 102-101 final score.

Storm handed Derby just their third defeat of the campaign in dramatic fashion, stealing a game the visitors almost had won despite trailing 80-68 heading into the fourth.

DTB erased their double-digit deficit and by the midpoint of the final frame had a lead of their own thanks to continued production from Malcolm Smith (27pts, 6reb), Corey Johnson (20pts, 5reb) and Sam Masten (19pts, 7reb, 7ast).

That then left Hemel fighting back to claim a game they'd led for the majority, including with an advantage that touched 19 points shortly before half-time.

Eze may have played the hero but it was Taylor Johnson who proved to be the standout, pouring in a stunning 36 points to lead all scorers as he turned back the clock to the sort of form that saw him claim a spot in last season's D1M Team of the Year.

Hakeem Sylla (17pts, 5reb), Sam Newman (11pts, 12ast) and Darien Nelson-Henry (12pts, 8reb) all played a part in Hemel's success as the defending champ continue to chase an unlikely repeat title.

Despite the loss, Derby are still in the box seats for top spot. With four games to go, the Trailblazers own the head-to-head tiebreakers with both Essex and Hemel and would need to drop at least one of their remaining contests to give the chasing pack a sniff.


Elsewhere this weekend

Barking Abbey (3-18) are confirmed for a bottom-two spot after their 81-53 loss to Loughborough Riders (11-9). The best BA can do is tie with Worthing on 12 points, and Thunder currently own the tiebreaker between the two.

London Elite (3-17) are close behind after they also lost, going down 105-68 at home to City of Birmingham Rockets (8-12), who moved into the playoff places in the process.

Bradford Dragons (10-10) took an exciting contest against Worthing Thunder (6-13), coming through 86-81 thanks to a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double from Zion Tordoff.

Essex Rebels (16-3) are right back in the title race after Derby's loss to Hemel and took care of their own business by seeing off Nottingham Hoods (7-12) 102-87. Twenty five points from Victor Olarerin against his old club helped get Essex over the line, dropping Nottingham out of the playoff picture.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (7-14) eased their own relegation fears with a surprise 81-74 victory against top-four chasing Newcastle University (13-7). A strong 18-point, 15-board effort from Igor Stokic coupled with 22 points from Bode Adeluola were enough to cancel out 20 points from Newcastle's Logan Rooney.

That loss wasn't as hard to stomach for Newcastle as Hemel did them a favour on Sunday, beating Reading Rockets (13-7) 90-87 in the day's only game.

Rockets' forward Christian Alexander (20pts, 10reb) pulled the hosts to within a point with a few ticks remaining, but Tez Allen iced the game at the line to cap off Darien Nelson-Henry's 33-point ball game with a W.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 9 March

3pm - Barking Abbey 53-81 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons 86-81 Worthing Thunder - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - London Elite 68-105 City of Birmingham Rockets - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Essex Rebels 102-87 Nottingham Hoods - LIVE STATS

7pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 81-74 Newcastle University - LIVE STATS

7pm - Hemel Storm 102-101 Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

Sunday 10 March

4pm - Reading Rockets 87-90 Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM


Main image credit - Nick Higgins