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Full BBL Review (22nd-24th Feb)

A thrilling weekend of BBL action saw the BBL Trophy resume as Cheshire Phoenix and Sheffield Sharks met in the first leg of the semi-final.

The Sharks were in good form picking up a win in Chester with a 74-60 victory to put them in control of the semi-final.

The winners of that game will face the Leicester Riders or Worcester Wolves who will meet twice next weekend with the second leg of the Sharks/Pheonix game also next weekend.

Meanwhile in the BBL Leicester Riders continue their impressive winning streak with their NINTH straight BBL win against Glasgow Rocks.

The Riders remain top of the BBL after Sunday's win despite Newcastle Eagles picking up a 90-78 win at Surrey Heat on earlier on the Sunday afternoon.

Kareem Maddox put in an impressive shift scoring 26 points in a comfortable Eagles win at Surrey Sports Park.

Surrey Heat had also lost on the Friday night to Worcester Wolves at Worcester University falling 99-81.

The Wolves had a strong weekend with another win on the Sunday against Durham Wildcats coming out 83-79 victors in Durham.

The Wildcats suffered a Friday defeat to Plymouth Raiders as well losing 104-100 in a close fought encounter.

The Manchester Giants found themselves with contrasting results after beating Cheshire Phoenix 94-87, they lost 81-64 to the London Lions.

It was a good weekend for the Lions who will be hopeful of making the Play-offs after they also won 78-58 at Mersey Tigers - who continue their 100% losing record.


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