Newcastle Eagles 77-79 Cardiff Met Archers (16-25, 42-47, 68-65)
(Eagles – Gorrell 29, Lowe 15, Mcvicar 12; Archers – Ball 19, Marchizotti 13, Hatch 13)
Nottingham Wildcats 96-50 Caledonia Pride (21-12, 47-28, 70-41)
(Wildcats – Joyner 25, Shumpert 24, Lundqvist 19; Pride – Ranger 28, Phillips 7, Doherty 6)
Cardiff Met Archers and Nottingham Wildcats both secured WBBL Championship wins in an exciting Sunday afternoon of Basketball.
Cardiff came out on top in a tight affair against Newcastle Eagles winning 79-77 at the Eagles Community Arena. The match got off to fast paced start with both sides looking to get an early advantage. Archers would lead after the first and were ahead by five at the half time break.
Eagles, however, would fight back as they looked to secure their second win of the season and by the end of third, they lead 68-65 to set up a thrilling conclusion. The momentum would swing again, this time in the favour of Archers. A late Sara Jorgensen jump shot gave Archers a one-point lead with 14 seconds to go and a Kim Kheing free throw would put the game out of sight for Newcastle.
Marlee Ball was the leading scorer for Archers with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Shannon Hatch’s double double performance of 13 points and 12 rebounds also helped the Welsh side to their third victory of the season. Eagles captain Alisson Gorrell was the host’s star player with 29 points and 9 assists, but it would not be enough as the Eagles suffered their seventh loss of the season.
In the days other game, Nottingham Wildcats put in a dominate performance against Caledonia Pride as they comfortably came out on top winning 96-50.
Wildcats were on top from the get-go and led throughout. They raced in to a 9-point lead after the first quarter. A lead they would extend by half time as they went 19 points ahead, leading 47-28. This comfortable lead would let them play the game out and secure their fifth win of the season.
Jasmine Joyner and Chelsey Shumpert starred for the home side with 25 and 24 points respectively. For Caledonia Pride, Maud Ranger produced a double double performance of 29 points and 10 rebounds but her side would be comfortably beat as they suffered their fourth loss the season.