BBL 2015-16 Round Up: 17 April

All 12 teams were in action on an eventful final day of the 2015-16 BBL regular season with Leeds Force claiming the final spot in the Play-Offs.

Matt Newby’s side held their nerve late on to defeat Surrey Scorchers 82-78 on the road with Marek Klassen leading the way with 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

The league’s top two sides both fell to defeats as Leicester Riders went down 73-62 to London Lions in the capital, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle suffered a 105-84 loss away at Cheshire Phoenix with Kinu Rochford pouring in 40 points.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Rocks defeated Worcester Wolves 80-69 in a dress rehearsal for next week’s Play-Off encounter, while Plymouth University Raiders claimed an 84-76 win against Sheffield Sharks, but it wasn’t enough to make the post-season.

Finally, there was a win for Manchester Giants as they avoided a bottom placed finish with a 78-60 success at home to Bristol Flyers to conclude the day’s action.

Results
Surrey Scorchers 68 (19,31,45) (Anderson 19, Schreiber 11, Williams/Schlitzer 10)
Leeds Force 72 (25,39,57) (Klassen 19, Wells/Waller/Anebo 12)

London Lions 72 (26,42,57) (Owumi 16, Gachette 15, Lewis 13)
Leicester Riders 63 (16,31,41) (Arissol 16, May-Thompson 15, Rowe 8)

Plymouth University Raiders 84 (14,33,55) (Corletto 25, Sturt 20, Dixon 18)
Sheffield Sharks 76 (16,36,56) (Robinson 22, Tuck 19, Brooks 11)

Glasgow Rocks 80 (23,40,58) (Hall/Stephens/Clarke 15)
Worcester Wolves 69 (21,36,58) (Aaron 16, Couisnard 13, Jackman 11)

Cheshire Phoenix 105 (32,53,83) (Rochford 40, Huffor 29, Taylor 15)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 84 (16,35,60) (Defoe 21, Smith 16, Chapman 14)

Manchester Giants 78 (16,40,59) (Jones 20, Gill 19, Williams 14)
Bristol Flyers 60 (12,29,53) (Streete 20, Lee 15, Edozie 12)

Table

P   PL W L Pts
1 Leicester Riders 33 29 4 58
2 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 33 28 5 56
3 Sheffield Sharks 33 20 13 40
4 Worcester Wolves 33 19 14 38
5 Glasgow Rocks 33 19 14 38
6 London Lions 33 16 17 32
7 Cheshire Phoenix 33 16 17 32
8 Leeds Force 33 14 19 28
9 Plymouth University Raiders 33 13 20 26
10 Bristol Flyers 33 9 24 18
11 Manchester Giants 33 8 25 16
12 Surrey Scorchers 33 7 26 14

Source: BBL
Image: C.Cox