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BBL 2016 Playoffs Round Up: 22 April

The 2016 BBL Play-Offs tipped off on Friday night and picked up where the regular season left off in terms of drama and excitement.

Number one seeds Leicester Riders look like being pushed all the way by post-season debutants Leeds Force while Cheshire Phoenix shocked a short-handed Esh Group Eagles Newcastle to leave the holders on the brink of an early exit.

And Sheffield Sharks and Glasgow Rocks posted big wins over London Lions and Worcester Wolves to close in on a place in the last-four ahead of Sunday’s second legs.

Results
Leeds Force 78 (16, 39, 58)(Waller 21, Wells 16, Marsden 12)
Leicester Riders 83 (22, 43, 66)(Bernardini 19, Wright 18, Watson 11)

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 91 (18, 36, 66)(Fletcher 32, Chapman 19, Lasker 16)
Cheshire Phoenix 104 (22, 45, 79)(Rochford 34, Huffor 21, Taylor 19)

Sheffield Sharks 94 (20, 48, 72)(Brooks 31, Tuck 19, Robinson 19)
London Lions 70 (20, 39, 54)(J Williams 13, K Williams 11, Lewis 9)

Glasgow Rocks 90 (27, 47, 66)(Achara 22, Gillis 20, Stephens 11)
Worcester Wolves 53 (17, 32, 45)(Blackwell 18, Couisnard 12, Jackman 9)

Source: BBL
Image: C.Cox