Durham Palatinates 75-70 Newcastle Eagles (9-16, 31-31, 51-48)
(Palatinates – Paxton 34, Elderkin 12, Van Straaten 11; Eagles – Gorrell 26, Mcvicar 21, Lowe 11)
Sevenoaks Suns 73-48 Caledonia Pride (16-8, 33-21, 59-37)
(Suns – Carr 22, Busch 9, Monakana 9; Pride – Phillips 16, Doherty 13, Storie 6)
Manchester Met Mystics 90-75 Essex Rebels (22-30, 45-49, 66-66)
(Mystics – Jones 25, Song 19, Naylor 15; Rebels – Kohlhaas 16, Costa 15, Waithe 12)
Sevenoaks Suns went top of the WBBL Championship on Saturday and there were big results in the Playoff race with wins for Durham Palatinates and Manchester Met Mystics.
The Suns won their third game in four days with a convincing victory over Caledonia Pride, whilst Durham and Manchester edged thrillers against Newcastle Eagles and Essex Rebels respectively.
The Suns tipped off knowing a win would tie them on points at the top with London Lions and Leicester Riders, and made a strong start as they held Pride to only eight first quarter points as they looked to find their rhythm on the offensive end.
Sevenoaks really found their form in the third quarter as they looked to put the game to bed and afford their star players some rest after a hectic week, and led by Catherine Carr’s monster double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds fired themselves to the Championship summit.
The result sees the Suns go a perfect 13-0 as the games continue to come thick and fast, however crucially they do have games in hand over their Championship rivals as we reach the final weeks of the season.
The day’s action tipped off in Durham with the Eagles looking to close the gap to those above them in the Playoff race against a Palatinates team looking for their second win of the season.
The Eagles started strongly and built a seven point lead after the first quarter, but Durham fought back to make it a tie game by the half and led the ball game by the end of the third.
Alison Gorrell led the Eagles fightback with 26 points, but the day belonged to the Palatinates and Claire Paxton, who erupted for 34 points to go with 10 rebounds as Durham held on for the huge win.
The result in Durham provided Manchester Met Mystics with the opportunity to increase the gap between themselves and the Eagles, and they did it in style in an enthralling contest to close out the day’s action.
Both teams came out firing in the early stages, and it was Essex who held the upper hand as they racked up 30 points in the first quarter as they looked to snap their four game losing run.
The Rebels had the chance to go four points clear of the Mystics and put themselves in a good position leading by four at the break before Manchester tied the game going into the fourth.
The Mystics flew out the blocks and blew the Rebels away in the fourth, outscoring their Playoff rivals 24 points to nine, with Georgia Jones only two assists shy of a triple double as she posted 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in an incredible individual performance.
The Mystics’ huge final quarter ties them level with the Rebels as the race for the Playoffs really heats up, as the Suns will look to make that top spot their own as we enter the final weeks of WBBL Championship action.