WBBL Cup, South Group
BA London Lions 60-70 Sevenoak Suns (12-28, 31-46, 45-59)
(Lions – Beckford-Norton 19, Leonard 13, Charles 9; Suns – Monakana 19, Carr 15, Busch 15)
WBBL Cup, North Group
Newcastle Eagles 78-68 Manchester Met Mystics(21-16,43-34,58-58)
(Eagles – Gorrell 25,Mcvicar 21 ,Kverderavicutie 13 ; Mystics – Song 25,Horton 15, Bailey 12)
Sevenoak Suns made a winning start to their title defence as they comfortably beat the London Lions by 70 points to 60 in the WBBL Cup South Group. Eleswehere in the later tip off, Newcastle Eagles secured their first win of the campaign beating Manchester Met Mystics 78-68 in the North Group.
Suns started on the front run and raced in to a 16-point lead by the end of the first quarter. A gap that the Lions were not able to close for the rest of the game. Janice Monakana led the scoring for the Suns with 19 points as well as contributing eight rebounds and two assists. Catherine Carr also put in an impressive display for the visitors, putting up 15 points with seven rebounds.
The Lion’s briefly narrowed the deficit to just eight points in the third quarter and a late comeback charge looked a possibility but Sevenoak closed out the game well and took home the points in their first game in over eight months following the Covid Pandemic.
In the North group encounter it was Alison Gorrell that was the difference for the Newcastle Eagles, scoring 25 points. Newcastle raced into a 17-point lead in the second quarter as it looked like the game was getting away from the Mystics. However, a dominant third quarter from the visitors set up a nail-biting finishing as the sides went into the last level. It would be the Eagles that kicked on to win the game by 10.
Sophie Song provided Manchester’s biggest threat scoring 25 points with eight rebounds and two assists.