Brighton Bears had a good opportunity to close the gap on Championship leaders TCS Chester Jets this week, however, after mixed results they are still eight points off the pace. On Sunday night the teams met at the Northgate Arena, Brighton recorded their first win in the series after a 25-4 opening to the third period led to a comfortable finish, a 75-94 Bears victory was the conclusion.
However, they slipped up the night before as Playoff chasing Leicester Riders upset them 99-82. Eric Williams poured in 30 points for Leicester as the Bears failed to threaten them in the Midlands. Prior to this Brighton had beaten Thames Valley 92-72 in midweek.
TCS Chester Jets themselves were less than a second away from being the victims of an upset on Saturday, as Calvin Davis' buzzer-beating tip in slipped them past Birmingham 94-95.
Just behind Chester, Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles have now won six BBL Championship games on the bounce, nine of their last ten, as two victories this week saw them hold onto second place. On Sunday night Andrew Sullivan and Fab Flournoy performed the last minute heroics as they beat their big rivals Scottish Phoenix Honda Record Rocks 79-81 at the Braehead Arena.
On Friday night Jeremy Hyatt scored 23 points, he has led their scoring in six consecutive games, as the Eagles made light work of Thames Valley Tigers. A 15-3 start to the third helped them onto a 69-39 lead that the Tigers just couldn't recover from at the MetroRadio Arena.
The Tigers did however take one top five scalp this week as they confidently defeated a faultering London Towers, 91-65 the next night, this after Towers had looked to have ended their bad run after recording the largest winning margin of the season, 106-61, against Birmignham Bullets in midweek. As the race for the Playoffs hots up it was important that Thames Valley take something from their three massive games this week and they have point guard Nick Moore to thank for the win over Towers, he posted 22 points, 7 assists and 7 steals.
A 75-82 win for Kularoos Plymouth Raiders at Milton Keynes Lions saw the South-Coast outfit move back into the Playoff places, taking the Lions' eighth spot. DeAntoine Beasley made the difference there, he scored 22 points, including 11 in a row in the third period to give the Raiders a lead they wouldn't surrender.
However, on Saturday Plymouth lost to Sheffield as the Sharks strengthened their hold on fourth place in the league. Rob Yanders scored 19 points and snatched 9 rebounds as the Yorkshiremen prevailed, 76-83. The following night Sheffield also managed to defeat Birmingham Bullets, 94-78, at Ponds Forge after Sterling Davis made 27 points to help them to victory.