BBL: First blood for Raiders
Raiders open nine-point lead in Trophy semi-final with Eagles
Last Updated: 19/03/12 9:49am
Jeremy Bell: Scored 21 points for Plymouth as they beat Newcastle by nine
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders will take a nine-point lead to the north-east for the BBL Trophy semi-final second leg against Newcastle Eagles after winning 97-88 in Devon.
In a pulsating match the Raiders had the final say with a superb run, which saw them overturn a 67-73 early in the fourth quarter to eventually hold Newcastle to just four points over the last 3.30 minutes of the match.
Sheffield Sharks completed the season sweep over Prestige Homes MK Lions with a 92-84 road victory.
Ryan Patton and Olu Babalola were the chief tormentors of their hosts with 28 and 27 points respectively to see the Sharks through.
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders kept the pressure on for a high placing in the BBL Championship with a comfortable 76-56 victory at Glasgow Rocks.
The Riders were led by the impressive duo of Ayron Hardy and Cameron Rundles, who scored 22 and 21 points respectively. Leicester led by ten entering the fourth quarter and doubled their advantage to ease home.
Cheshire Jets kept up their pursuit of a play-off spot and won bragging rights in the north-west with an exciting 84-79 victory over Mersey Tigers.
Colin O'Reilly continued his recent good form to lead Jets scorers with 22 points as they led from midway in the third quarter to keep their opponents at bay. Miles Hesson led all scorers with 23 points for the visitors.