British Basketball League: Leeds Force win historic first BBL game

Leeds Force captain Armand Anebo
Leeds are playing in their first season in the BBL

Leeds Force made history with their first win as a British Basketball League side by beating Manchester Giants 80-69 in the BBL Cup.

Force had lost their first three league games, having been without a number of key players through injury.

The result means every BBL team has won by the third week of the season for the first time in the league's history.

There were also Cup wins for holders Leicester Riders, Bristol Flyers, Glasgow Rocks and Cheshire Phoenix.

BBL Round Three results
Friday, 10 October
BBL Cup: Leeds Force 80-69 Manchester Giants
BBL Championship: Newcastle Eagles 95-84 Sheffield Sharks
Saturday, 11 October
BBL Cup: Bristol Flyers 93-92 Plymouth Raiders
BBL Cup: Leicester Riders 98-80 Surrey United
Sunday, 12 October
BBL Cup: Glasgow Rocks 62-56 London Lions
BBL Cup: Cheshire Phoenix 88-65 Durham Wildcats
BBL Championship: Plymouth Raiders 91-99 Leicester Riders
BBL Championship: Manchester Giants 73-82 Bristol Flyers

Force captain Armand Anebo said: "It mainly gave us a feeling of relief because it has been a tough learning curve for us.

"Now we can try and build on this. It gives us confidence because we know where we are and what we need to do to get wins."

Joining Force in the next round of the Cup are Glasgow, after returning Great Britain international Kieron Achara's 16-point, 12-rebound performance inspired them to victory against London Lions.

Leicester extended their defence of the Cup with a 98-80 success against Surrey United, while Cheshire cruised to a 88-65 defeat of Durham Wildcats.

Things were less straightforward for Bristol, however, who needed two periods of overtime to eliminate Plymouth Raiders 93-92.

There was action in the BBL Championship too as Newcastle Eagles once again edged Sheffield Sharks, who finished one place below Eagles in second last season, 95-84.

Eagles coach Fab Flournoy confirmed after the Sharks game summer signing Ricky Taylor - a licensed minister - had been released after just two matches.

Meanwhile, Riders top the table after three weeks after coming from behind to win 99-91 at Plymouth, while Flyers are close behind after an 82-73 victory at Giants.

The weekend also saw the start of the inaugural Women's British Basketball League with a central venue launch weekend at Loughborough University.

GB international Lauren Thomas Johnson was the star as she scored 21 points in Sheffield Hatters' 68-56 victory against Barking Abbey Crusaders.

Leicester Riders, Team Northumbria, Manchester Mystics and Nottingham Wildcats also won on the first weekend of action.

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