Durham Palatinates 54-75 Essex Rebels (13-21, 26-38, 34-56, 54-75)
(Palatinates – Paxton 13, Elderkin 13, Hurtado Barbeito 10; Rebels – Waithe 21, Munns 19, Costa 15)
Sevenoaks Suns 69-62 Oakland Wolves (16-17, 27-31, 43-39, 69-62)
(Suns – Monakana 21, Busch 19, Carr 12; Wolves – Carter 21, Uprus 13, Boros 10)
Manchester Met Mystics 61-95 Nottingham Wildcats (17-32, 30-55, 48-81, 61-95)
(Met Mystics – Shaw 12, Jones 10, Song 8; Wildcats – Joyner 30, Shumpert 27, Freeman 17)
The Sevenoaks Suns brushed off Friday’s WBBL Cup final defeat with a hard earned victory over the Oakland Wolves to cap off an enthralling Saturday afternoon of WBBL action, as Essex Rebels and Nottingham Wildcats racked up dominant wins away from home.
The Suns edged the Wolves in a tight affair that exploded in the fourth quarter after a tense opening, whilst the Rebels and Wildcats ran out comfortable winners in their ties against the Durham Palatinates and Manchester Met Mystics respectively.
Sevenoaks were playing only their second Championship game of the season and came up against a Wolves side who had lost all of their three opening games, however it was a tight affair as only four points separated the side in a low scoring affair.
The Wolves led by four points going into the third in a low scoring game, however the Suns burst into life in the third and fourth periods and fought off a spirited Wolves side. An enthralling final period saw the game burst into life, however the Suns edged the affair and were again led by Janice Monakana, whose 20 points followed her impressive showing in last night’s final.
The day’s action tipped off in Durham as the Palanites looked to fend off an in-form Essex Rebels side as they continued their fine start to the season.
The Rebels saw two players finish with double-doubles as Deangelique Waithe and Lucrezia Costa both racked up impressive showings as they dominated on the boards for the Rebels. Essex put in a great performance and led by as much as 26 points during the ballgame, and they picked up their third win of the Championship campaign.
Claire Paxton picked up a double-double for the Palatinates as she posted 13 points and 10 rebounds, however an impressive performance from the Rebels saw them pull away early in the game and build on that dominant start.
Not to be outdone, Nottingham Wildcats’ Jasmine Joyner picked up a huge double-double of her own, racking up an incredible 30 points to go along with 16 rebounds as she led the Wildcats to a 34-point victory over the Manchester Met Mystics.
Joyner was joined by Chelsea Shumpert who put in another impressive personal performance, amassing 27 points in a dominant team display from the Wildcats who are now 3-3 for the Championship season.
After the highs and lows of last night’s Cup final, the WBBL Championship followed up with some incredible displays, enthralling ties and dominant performances on a thrilling afternoon of British basketball.