BBL Championship: Cheshire end losing run versus Bristol

John Coffino
John Coffino's Cheshire are currently fourth in the BBL Championship standings

Cheshire Phoenix came from behind to beat Bristol Flyers and end their BBL Championship losing streak.

John Coffino's Phoenix had lost twice in the past two weeks after winning their previous 11 games.

Phoenix surged to an important 79-68 victory after rallying from 13 points down in the third quarter thanks to high-intensity defence and a 28-point, 15-rebound game from Taylor King.

"I think it could be the turning point to get us back on track," said Coffino.

"Every game is going to be a challenge, but I think it showed what we are capable of and what brought us to where we are in the ladder, just good, hard defence and playing together.

BBL Championship results
Friday, 30 January
London Lions 78-65 Bristol Flyers
Newcastle Eagles 123-101 Plymouth Raiders
Leeds Force 73-79 Sheffield Sharks
Worcester Wolves 71-70 Surrey United
Saturday, 31 January
Leicester Riders 80-71 Worcester Wolves
Sunday, 1 February
Sheffield Sharks 84-97 Newcastle Eagles
Durham Wildcats 76-75 Surrey United
Glasgow Rocks 90-85 Manchester Giants
Cheshire Phoenix 79-68 Bristol Flyers

"We are going to build on that."

Fourth-placed Cheshire host second-placed Worcester Wolves next weekend.

Wolves maintained their title push with a 71-70 defeat of Surrey United on Friday before their BBL Trophy defence was ended by an 80-71 defeat against Leicester Riders.

It was a tough weekend for United as they lost another heartbreaker to Durham Wildcats on Sunday, falling 76-75 to Fran Urli's put-back with 0.6 seconds on the clock.

Newcastle Eagles remained at the summit after racking up the biggest points tally of the season in a 123-101 win against Plymouth Raiders, before edging Sheffield Sharks 97-84 on Sunday.

Sharks had beaten Yorkshire rivals Leeds Force on Friday, and London Lions overcame Bristol Flyers, before Glasgow Rocks came through another tense finish to see off Manchester Giants 90-85.

In the WBBL Championship, rising star Gabby Nikitinaite underlined her potential with a dazzling 19 points and 10 rebounds for Sevenoaks Suns as they triumphed in the derby clash with Brixton Topcats.

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