Lions win thriller as three teams secure Cup semi-final berths

WBBL Cup, Group C
Oaklands Wolves 52-72 Cardiff Met Archers (16-22, 26-35, 35-52)
(Wolves – Uprus 21, Sarson 10, Quick 9; Archers – Hatch 19, Molnar 11, Marchizotti 11)

WBBL Cup, Group B
Sheffield Hatters 99-52 Manchester Met Mystics (19-14, 48-28, 65-32)
(Hatters – Naylor 20, Fong Lyew Quee 20, Gayle 16; Mystics – Bailey 24, Jones 20, Allen 4)

WBBL Cup, Group D
London Lions 81-76 Sevenoaks Suns (24-18, 33-42, 51-62)

WBBL Cup, Group A
Durham Palatinates 47-80 Newcastle Eagles (18-19, 30-35, 40-64)
(Palatinates – Hurtado Barbeito 14, Elderkin 9, Wood 9; Eagles – Horton 31, Mcvicar 13, Lowe 8)

WBBL Cup, Group C
Gloucester City Queens 46-81 Leicester Riders (7-15, 14-35, 33-61)
(Queens – Abbott 19, Ball 13, Fitzpatrick 9; Riders – Rouse 14, Lappenkuper 12, Januszewska 12)

In an enthralling day of action for WBBL’s ‘Super Sunday’ three teams booked their places in the semi-finals of the WBBL Cup.

Sheffield Hatters, London Lions and Newcastle Eagles all stamped their tickets for the next round, and there were crucial wins for Cardiff Met Archers and Leicester Riders to set up a final day showdown in Group C.

Last year’s finalists Sevenoaks Suns would have been looking to go one better this year and came up against a stern test against a London Lions side who have enjoyed an excellent start to the season.

They put themselves in the driving seat in the final quarter and found themselves 3 points ahead with forty seconds to go, however an incredible last period fightback from the Lions ensured they would maintain their perfect start to the WBBL season.

They will face fellow high-flyers Sheffield Hatters in the semi-final who enjoyed an impressive showing against Manchester Met Mystics.

The Hatters flew out the blocks and found themselves 20 points clear by halftime, with former Mystic Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee leading all scorers with 20 personal points along with Helen Naylor who posted 20 points of her own to go with 11 rebounds.

In the day’s opening game Cardiff Met Archers ensured their group campaign would go down to the final day as they put in another impressive performance to see off Oaklands Wolves.

After an opening day win against Gloucester City Queens the Archers carried on their solid start against the Wolves, as they had five players score double figures in points on their way to a convincing win.

Shannon Hatch led the Archers with 19 points to go with four rebounds and six assists.

They will face off with last year’s Cup winners Leicester Riders to decide who meets Newcastle Eagles in the semi-final, with the Riders seeing off the Queens in a dominant display.

The Riders held the Queens to only 14 first half points as they looked to put the game to bed early, against a Queens side that saw four players play all 40 minutes. Louise Rouse caught the eye for the Riders with a dominant double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds.

In the day’s final game Newcastle Eagles came out on top in their decider against Durham Palatinates. Both sides knew a win would be enough to take them into the next round, and it was the Eagles who seized the incentive with a well-rounded team performance.

Ebony Horton exploded for 31 points as she led all scorers for the Eagles, as a strong second half showing saw them hold the Palatinates to only 17 points in the final two quarters.

With three out of four semi-final places confirmed, all eyes will turn to Cardiff and Leicester as they will vie for the final place in their bids to be crowned WBBL Cup champions.