Newcastle Eagles 66-61 Durham Palatinates (14-22, 35-32, 58-43)
(Eagles – Gorrell 21, Mcvicar 19, Lowe 11; Palatinates – Gyulai 13, Hurtado Barbeito 11, Paxton 10)
Oaklands Wolves 81-71 Manchester Met Mystics (17-19, 44-39, 64-56)
(Wolves – Uprus 16, Quick 14, Milligan 13; Mystics – Jones 27, Fong Lyew Quee 11, Allen 11)
Essex Rebels 71-87 Sevenoaks Suns (20-16, 38-49, 58-68)
(Rebels – Costa 18, Waithe 15, Munns 13; Suns – Busch 21, Carr 20, Monakana 19)
Sevenoaks Suns maintained their perfect record at the top of the WBBL championship as they comfortably beat Essex Rebels. There were also home wins for Newcastle Eagles and Oaklands Wolves in an entertaining Sunday of basketball.
Newcastle Eagles welcomed Durham Palatinates to the Eagles Community Arena in the day’s early tip-off. Palatinates had started the stronger of the two sides and were ahead after the first quarter, leading 22-14.
Despite their slow start, Eagles would go on to dominate the second and third quarters as they took a fifteen-point advantage in to the last. Durham did stage a late comeback winning the final quarter 18-8 but it would not be enough as they lost 66-61.
Alison Gorrell led the scoring for Eagles with a double double performance of 21 points and 12 rebounds while Jazmin Gyulai finished on a team-high 13 points for Palatinates.
Oaklands Wolves beat Manchester Met Mystics 81-71 in the days second match. Mystics had taken the lead early on and held a narrow advantage of two points after the first quarter. This, however, would be the last time they would be ahead in the game as Wolves would go on to win comfortably.
Oaklands built on their five point, 44-39, advantage at half time to win by 10 points. Greeta Uprus starred for Wolves as she finished on 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Lauren Milligan also had an excellent game with a double double display of 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Georgia Jones put in a superb display for the visitors as she contributed a double double performance of her own with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Sevenoaks Suns continued their unbeaten run and have now won 17 games in a row in the league as they beat Essex Rebels 87-71.
Rebels had a good first quarter and found themselves 20-16 ahead against the league leaders. Suns, however, would up the tempo and take the game away from Rebels. They scored 33 points in the second quarter to lead 49-38 at half time.
Suns played out the game well and went on to win by 17 points in a convincing display. Catherine Carr was the key player for Suns and had an excellent performance. Finishing with a triple double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists she was vital in Sevenoaks win.
Lucrezia Costa also had a good game for the hosts as she finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it would not be enough to stop her side falling to defeat.