British Basketball League: Lions make Trophy semi-finals

Vince Macauley
Chief Executive and head coach Vince Macauley's London Lions remain in contention to win the first piece of silverware in the team's history

London Lions reached the semi-finals of the British Basketball League Trophy after victory over Sheffield Sharks.

Lovell Cook led the way with 22 points, while Makal Stibbins contributed 19 in the 86-80 win that set up a semi-final against Leicester Riders.

"Being one tie away from reaching the BBL Trophy Final is exciting for us.

"The next task for the club is to show we can reach Finals and win some silverware," said London head coach Vince Macauley.

BBL Trophy Results
Friday, 13 February
London Lions 86-80 Sheffield Sharks

Newcastle Eagles and Plymouth Raiders complete the final four.

Meanwhile, Newcastle moved four points clear at the top of the Championship by following up their North-East derby win against Durham Wildcats with a 95-89 victory over the Riders on Saturday.

Leicester recovered to beat Surrey United on Sunday, but they now trail the Eagles by eight points in the table.

Worcester Wolves kept up the pressure at the top by consigning the Wildcats to their second loss of the weekend, by a 66-58 margin, and Cheshire Phoenix maintained their slim Championship hopes as they beat Plymouth 116-107 in a high-scoring game.

The Raiders triumphed over Glasgow Rocks on Friday, but the Scottish side rebounded with a seven-point away win at Manchester Giants.

Bristol Flyers ended a four-game losing streak in a 70-62 victory over Surrey on Friday, which moved them to within two points of the Giants and the final play-off spot.

Nottingham Wildcats suffered their first defeat of the season in WBBL at the hands of Team Northumbria, who took a 78-73 victory behind a combined 44 points from Fiona O'Dwyer and Teresa Manigrasso.

BBL Championship Results
Friday, 13 February
Glasgow Rocks 99-104 Plymouth Raiders
Newcastle Eagles 98-71 Durham Wildcats
Bristol Flyers 70-62 Surrey United
Saturday, 14 February
Leicester Riders 89-95 Newcastle Eagles
Sunday, 15 February
Surrey United 91-102 Leicester Riders
Durham Wildcats 58-66 Worcester Wolves
Plymouth Raiders 107-116 Cheshire Phoenix
Manchester Giants 70-77 Glasgow Rocks

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