BBL: Plymouth Raiders beat Surrey for first win in five
Last Updated: 09/03/14 8:59pm
Donald Robinson of the Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth Raiders earned their first win in five BBL Championship matches following a 94-88 overtime triumph over Surrey United.
The Raiders took a four-point lead into the half-time break, but they were pegged back in the third quarter and Surrey Nick Freer took the game into overtime with nine seconds of normal time remaining.
Donald Robinson and Nick George, who contributed 24 and 16 points overall, led the victory charge in overtime for Plymouth.
Sheffield Sharks came on strong in the final quarter to overcome a stubborn Durham Wildcats side 77-65 at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre.
The Sharks led by just three points heading into the fourth quarter but then exploded into life, with Nick Lewis the top scorer with 19 points while Mike Tuck contributed 17, with 16 rebounds.
Manchester Giants claimed their third consecutive victory and continued a late play-off charge, defeating London Lions 108-93 on the road in the capital.
The Manchester club has now won five of the last six games and are only two wins away from the eighth seed, while Lions stayed in fifth place despite the loss.
David Aliu collected a team-high 25 points for the visitors from Manchester, Dave Watts scored 20, while James Jones added 14 points. Chez Marks was the top scorer for Lions with 22 points, Rod Brown collected 19 points, as Mike Martin chipped in with 14 points.
Also, the Glasgow Rocks were on track to bring home a double-digit advantage from the first leg of the BBL trophy Semi-Final tie against the Cheshire Phoenix, but the hosts stormed back to take a 80-74 victory after a sublime fourth quarter performance at the Northgate Arena.