Hatters keep title challenge on track, Palatinates stop Wildcats and Wolves reignite post-season push

FLT Peterman Sheffield Hatters made a clear statement of intent with an eye-catching 87-65 victory over fellow title rivals Newcastle Eagles. The home side capitalised on the visiting team’s foul troubles to pull away down the stretch, as the logjam at the top of the table grows ever more crowded. Asha Thomas led the way for the hosts with a game-high 21 points.

Elsewhere, Durham Palatinates ensured they will arrive in Glasgow for next weekend’s Trophy Final full of confidence having ended Nottingham Wildcats’ winning run with a 78-65 victory on the road. Dee Hayward’s game-high 24 points proved the spark for Durham.

Finally, Oaklands Wolves reignited hopes of a post-season run with a 64-39 victory over the travelling BA London Lions. The result sees the hosts move level on points with both Cardiff Met Archers in eighth position and Essex Rebels in ninth. Dorka Boros spearheaded a balanced Wolves attack with a game-high 18 points.

WBBL Championship (All Games)

FLT Peterman Sheffield Hatters 87-65 Newcastle Eagles (13-20, 39-32, 63-55)

(Hatters – Thomas 21, Pressley 19, Rosario 15; Eagles – Kvederaviciute 17, Koop 16, Simioni 14)

Nottingham Wildcats 65-78 Durham Palatinates (18-20, 40-44, 55-64)

(Wildcats – Costa 21, Freeman 17, Prior 10; Palatinates – Hayward 24, MacDonald 15, Elderkin / Campbell 10)

Oaklands Wolves BA 64-39 London Lions (18-8, 34-21, 50-31)

(Wolves – Boros 18, Harrison 13, Schlueter 12; Lions – Ivanova 12, L. Da Silva 11, Doran 7)