BBL Championship: Durham edge Manchester in thrilling contest

Lee Davie
Lee Davie's Durham Wildcats edged to a 70-67 victory over Manchester Giants

Durham Wildcats coach Lee Davie wants his side to build on their dramatic 70-67 victory against Manchester Giants in the BBL Championship on Sunday.

Ralph Bucci's late three-pointer settled a pulsating game, ending Durham's three-match losing run.

"Those games are why you put all the time and effort into preparation for games. I would love to play 36 games a year like this," said Davie.

Elsewhere, leaders Newcastle Eagles beat Glasgow Rocks 103-93.

Durham and Manchester finished with identical records last year as both reached the BBL play-offs, and Sunday's win took Davie's side into the top eight.

"This is a huge win for us, it's snapped a three-game losing streak, we're 1-1 in our best-of-three series with Manchester for the head-to-head, we closed out a fourth-quarter with a win and we did all of this short-handed," continued Davie.

"Moving forward, we need to build upon this result with this weekend's games against Leeds and London."

BBL Championship: Round eight results
Friday, 14 November
Leeds Force 58-73 Bristol Flyers
Newcastle Eagles 103-93 Glasgow Rocks
Worcester Wolves 90-81 Manchester Giants
Saturday, 15 November
Surrey United 62-78 Worcester Wolves
Bristol Flyers 73-86 Cheshire Phoenix
Sunday, 16 November
London Lions 78-70 Leeds Force
Durham Wildcats 70-67 Manchester Giants
Glasgow Rocks 78-81 Leicester Riders
Cheshire Phoenix 104-98 Plymouth Raiders

It was the Manchester club's second loss of the weekend, having fallen 90-81 to Worcester Wolves on Friday.

Wolves followed that success with a 78-62 defeat of Surrey United on Saturday, while Bristol Flyers lost to Cheshire Phoenix 86-73.

Flyers had beaten Leeds Force 73-58 on Friday and Leeds also lost out to London Lions 78-70 on Sunday.

There were two other dramatic finishes on Sunday, as Tyler Bernardini inspired Leicester Riders to a narrow win at Rocks, while Cheshire held off Plymouth Raiders 104-98.

In the WBBL, 16-year-old prospect Abigail Lowe demonstrated her potential with 12 points in Barking Abbey Crusaders' 67-56 victory against Cardiff Met Archers.

Both teams had already advanced to the National Cup semi-finals, joined by Brixton Topcats and Sevenoaks Suns.

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