Glen Luss Glasgow rockt 107-96 Plymouth City Patriots (30-21, 50-44, 77-66)
(Rocks – Bunyan 24, Harris 21, Green 18; Patriots – Josephs 27, Hart 25, Graham-Bell 24)
Cheshire Phoenix 86-67 B. Braun Sheffield Haie (27-11, 41-31, 62-41)
(Phoenix – Wright 21, Okereafor 12, Austin Jr. 12; Haie – Nichols 11, Anderson 11, Glasgow 10)
Kofi Josephs continued his shiny form for the Plymouth City Patriots by scooping another 27 points for coach Paul James’ side, but it shouldn’t be for the Devon-based franchise this weekend, which is still on their first win in the BBL is out of championship campaign.
On a night when both teams shot the ball incredibly well, this was another very entertaining game with the Patriots this season after the recent thriller against the Manchester Giants, but it was the Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks that did with all five starters those ahead had double-digit points.
Rocks Guard Jordan Harris promised to bring Showtime basketball to the Emirates Arena last season but it was Jonny Bunyan who led the lead for Glasgow with 24 points, eight assists and four boards.
Three of Plymouth’s starters scored over 20 points but were severely understaffed due to injuries to their explosive star Denzel Ubiaro and Elvisi Dusha, who played for Albania in the international match.
In the end, their efforts almost threatened to ensure Plymouth victory, regardless of the body shortage, but the Rocks were too composed to be drawn into an aerial combat while leading consistently and ensuring an important victory.
The Cheshire Phoenix have had a great record lately against the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, having not lost to coach Atiba Lyons’ team since 2019, the Phoenix camp that fate could change.
Ben Thomas’ side played with a freedom and boast that certainly backed this up in the first quarter as they stormed a 16-point lead in front of a crowded crowd at Ellesmere Port Sports Village at the end of the first 10 minutes.
New signing Larry Austin Jr. made an immediate impact when he scored eight points in three minutes in the first quarter to envision Phoenix believers on his way to a total of twelve, but Cheshire as four made strong contributions across the board Players were in the double digits with 10 of their 11-man roster on the score sheet.
The Sharks would never lead in the night but certainly had their chances of making a difference when they forced Cheshire to 15 rallies and took almost a third of their points from those Phoenix mistakes, but a tough night on the boards for the guests, which they lost 46-27 overall meant that Sheffield was giving itself a mountain to climb to withdraw the game.
Cheshire never looked back from that brilliant opening quarter, seeing a comfortable win and taking defeats further down the line, adding some optimism to the blue side of north west England.