Suns, Eagles and Riders all pick up important wins

WBBL Championship
London Lions 84-91 Sevenoaks Suns (23-19, 46-43, 57-66)
(Lions – Breen 21, Umeh 20, Beckford Norton 17; Suns – Clark 22, Da Silva 18, Monakana 15)

WBBL Championship
Newcastle Eagles 69-56 Essex Rebels (14-19, 33-36, 50-44)
(Eagles – Gorell 18, Mcvicar 18, Lowe 12; Rebels – Costa 18, Kohlhaas 14, Munns 10)

WBBL Championship
Leicester Riders 94-51 Durham Palatinates (20-13, 38-26, 59-42)
(Riders – Winterburn 27, Brewer 18, Lappenkuper 12; Palatinates – Paxton 15, Elderkin 12, Van Straaten 9)

Sevenoaks Suns, Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders all picked up wins in an exciting day of WBBL action.

Newcastle Eagles came from behind at half time to comfortably beat Essex Rebels 69-56. Rebels had started the stronger of the two sides as they led by five points after the first quarter and had a 3-point advantage at the break.

Newcastle, however, had a dominant third quarter as they limited their opponents to eight points whilst scoring 17 themselves. This allowed them some breathing space to comfortably play the game out and win by 13 points.

Alison Gorrell and Maddy Mcvicar both finished on 18 points for the hosts as Eagles picked up their fifth win of the season. Lucrezia Costa starred for Rebels with a superb double-double performance of 18 points and 14 assists but she could not prevent her side slipping to their sixth defeat of the campaign.

Sevenoaks Suns overcame a spirited London Lions as they maintained their perfect WBBL Championship record. It was tight throughout with Lions leading after the first quarter and at half-time. Suns responded well in the second half and a 23-point third quarter followed by a 25-point final quarter saw them win by seven in a close fought game.

Sevenoaks TaYani Clark was the standout performer with a game-high 22 points whilst Cassie Breen led the scoring charts for Lions with 21 points.

The loss was only the Lions second this season with both being at the hands of Suns. For the hosts, they have now won 10 out of 10 this season as they stay in third place, having played less games than the teams around them.

In the days late tip-off Leicester Riders moved to joint top of the table as they beat Durham Palatinates 94-51. Riders controlled the game from the get-go and were ahead by 12 points at halftime. They continued their dominance in the second half, eventually winning by 43. They scored a massive 35 points in the final quarter.

Holly Winterburn finished with game-high 27 points as Riders won their sixth game on the bounce. Maya Brewer also had a good game, just missing out on a double-double performance with 18 points and 9 rebounds.