BBL Championship: Glasgow Rocks win after 18-day break

Paul Egwuonwu
Paul Egwuonwu of Glasgow Rocks reaches for the basket

Glasgow Rocks made a winning return to BBL Championship action, beating Manchester Giants 91-82 on Sunday.

Rocks went 18 days without a game following their fourth straight win against London Lions last month.

But Sterling Davis's side extended their winning run to five games with a disciplined display in Manchester, aided by 18 points from Tayo Ogedengbe.

There were also two wins for London and one apiece for Newcastle, Sheffield, Worcester, Leicester and Cheshire.

"We were able to grind it out for long enough to get a good quality road win," said Rocks centre Paul Egwuonwu.

"Our focus during the 18-day break was mainly on keeping our edge and our focus on the way we have been playing.

BBL Championship round 25 results
Thursday, 12 March
London Lions 86-73 Manchester Giants
Friday, 13 March
Sheffield Sharks 93-88 Plymouth Raiders
Newcastle Eagles 119-92 Cheshire Phoenix
Worcester Wolves 89-73 Durham Wildcats
Bristol Flyers 68-81 Leicester Riders
Sunday, 15 March
Plymouth Raiders 83-94 London Lions
Cheshire Phoenix 97-63 Surrey United
Manchester Giants 82-91 Glasgow Rocks

"We have been hanging our hat on the defensive end and that will be what carries us throughout the rest of the season."

That victory strengthened Rocks' grip on a BBL Play-off place, currently sitting in sixth position, but it was a second defeat in four days for Giants, who lost 86-73 at London Lions on Thursday.

Lions followed up that win with a 94-83 victory at Plymouth Raiders, helped by 32 points from Makal Stibbins.

Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders warmed up for next week's BBL Trophy Final in Glasgow by overcoming Cheshire Phoenix and Bristol Flyers respectively.

Phoenix bounced back to defeat Surrey United 93-63 on Sunday with 22 points and 10 rebounds from Taylor King and 21 points and 15 rebounds from Demond Watt.

Sheffield Sharks continued their resurgence with a 93-88 success against Raiders, while 25 points from Alex Owumi inspired Worcester Wolves to an 89-73 win against Durham Wildcats.

In the WBBL Championship, Nottingham Wildcats pulled level with Sheffield Hatters in top spot with just two games to play, after 23 points from Siobhan Prior lifted them to a 77-70 win against Barking Abbey Crusaders.

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