BBL Championship: Worcester open with Newcastle win

Worcester head coach Paul James
Worcester head coach Paul James led his side to their first pieces of BBL silverware last term in the BBL Trophy and Play-Off titles

BBL Play-off champions Worcester Wolves began the season with victory at Newcastle Eagles, whom they defeated in last season's Play-off final.

Wolves had to deal with the loss of Most Valuable Player Zaire Taylor and Will Creekmore during the summer.

But Creekmore's replacement centre Robert Thurman came up with a 27-point debut to help Wolves win 86-81 at last term's BBL Championship winners Eagles.

BBL Championship results
Friday, 26 September
Sheffield Sharks 83-70 Durham Wildcats
Surrey United 73-83 London Lions
Newcastle Eagles 81-86 Worcester Wolves
Saturday, 27 September
Leicester Riders 104-82 Manchester Giants
Bristol Flyers 65-56 Plymouth Raiders
Sunday, 28 September
Durham Wildcats 80-46 Leeds Force
Plymouth Raiders 94-74 Surrey United
Glasgow Rocks 62-79 Bristol Flyers
Cheshire Phoenix 59-65 Leicester Riders

Elsewhere, Bristol Flyers began their first BBL season with successive wins.

Flyers, backed by Bristol City owner Stephen Lansdown, won 65-56 against Plymouth Raiders on Saturday and 79-62 at Glasgow Rocks on Sunday.

Leeds Force were another team making their BBL bow but they did not experience the same success, beaten 80-46 by Durham Wildcats.

Wildcats were defeated by Sheffield Sharks on Friday before the Yorkshire club, last season's Championship runners-up, were shocked 76-72 by Manchester Giants, playing their first game at the Trafford Sportsdome.

Leicester Riders won three trophies in 2013 and made a strong start to their campaign with back-to-back success against Giants and Cheshire Phoenix, while Surrey United slipped to defeats against London Lions and Plymouth Raiders.

Following his side's win, Thurman, who previously played professionally in Denmark, said: "We just made it a point to get me the ball and they were fouling consistently so I got to the line.

"Every game is a statement game because we want to follow up last year's success and even surpass it. We knew they were going to be physical so we just had to match it."

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