BBL: Newcastle Eagles cage poor Mersey Tigers; Durham win on the road
The Newcastle Eagles thrashed the Mersey Tigers to move further clear at the top of the BBL Championship table.
Last Updated: 26/01/13 10:54am
The Eagles had seven players in double-figures in the rout, led by a massive double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds from Dominican forward Darius Defoe.
He was well supported by 21 points from Charles Smith, and 16 for Joe Chapman, as Newcastle put the poor Tigers, who currently prop up the rest in the standings, to the sword.
They managed to score a massive 38 points in the third quarter and at one stage in the fourth led by as many as 65 after a Defoe dunk in the closing stages.
Elsewhere on Friday night, Durham's long trek to Plymouth paid off as the Wildcats triumphed 98-81 over the Raiders on the road.
The Wildcats edged closer to the play-off positions thanks mainly to Brad Guinane, who inspired them with eight three-pointers on his way to 32 points. Andrew Keister scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
The Surrey Heat strengthened their position in third place after a 97-91 victory on the road at the Worcester Wolves - but they needed overtime to come out on top.
The Heat were inspired by 22 points and eight rebounds from Sam Cricelli and 21 points from Chavis Holmes. Alex Owumi, for the Wolves, led all scorers with 30 points.
Meanwhile, in BBL Trophy action, the One Health Sharks Sheffield made it through to the last four after overcoming the Glasgow Rocks 84-81 in overtime at the English Institute of Sport.
BJ Holmes led all scorers with 25 points, supported by a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds from Mike Tuck and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Demetrius Jemison.