BBL: Plymouth Raiders beat Sheffield Sharks in late show

Jay Marriott
Plymouth Raiders boss Jay Marriott said "the basketball gods were kind" to his side

Plymouth Raiders halted a four-game losing streak in one of two thrilling finales on Sunday.

DeAndre Medlock beat the buzzer to give the Devon side a 91-90 success against Sheffield Sharks.

Raiders had squandered a 26-point lead to trail by one with just 1.4 seconds left on the clock.

And JaJuan Smith landed a three-pointer as time expired to give Glasgow Rocks a brilliant late victory, edging Worcester Wolves 99-96 in overtime.

For Raiders, it was a crucial win in the most dramatic of circumstances following Friday's 91-80 defeat by Manchester Giants.

"It looked like we had the game controlled for 35 minutes, then it was slipping through our hands," said Raiders coach Jay Marriott.

"When you are a team that is struggling for a little bit of form, your confidence can be knocked so easily and we looked like we were going down that route. It would have been heart-breaking because I thought we played the best we have done all year for 35 minutes.

"Overall, the basketball gods were very kind to us and we deserved the win."

BBL Results: 28-30 November
Friday, 28 November
Championship: Leeds Force 61-64 London Lions
Championship: Glasgow Rocks 79-68 Durham Wildcats
Championship: Plymouth Raiders 80-91 Manchester Giants
Championship: Surrey United 69-99 Cheshire Phoenix
Championship: Worcester Wolves 79-65 Bristol Flyers
Cup: Sheffield Sharks 75-77 Newcastle
Saturday, 29 November
Championship: Leicester Riders 102-87 Surrey United
Championship: Bristol Flyers 93-105 Newcastle
Sunday, 30 November
Championship: London Lions 89-75 Leicester Riders
Championship: Plymouth Raiders 91-90 Sheffield Sharks
Championship: Glasgow Rocks 99-96 Worcester Wolves

It was another good weekend for Newcastle Eagles, as they stretched their winning run to 12 to take sole ownership of top spot in the league with success against Bristol Flyers. They also edged ahead in their BBL Cup semi-final with Sharks thanks to a 77-75 first-leg victory.

Leicester Riders lost ground in the title race, losing at London Lions on Sunday having beaten Surrey United on Saturday.

Lions also beat Leeds Force, while Cheshire Phoenix inflicted another defeat on United and Rocks beat Durham Wildcats.

In the WBBL, Sheffield Hatters, Nottingham Wildcats, Sevenoaks Suns and Leicester Riders advanced to the semi-finals of the WBBL Trophy.

Wildcats also beat Suns in the WBBL Championship to extend their unbeaten start to eight games, helped by 21 points from Carmen Reynolds.

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