After a four-week break, British Wheelchair Basketball’s National League returned last weekend in thrilling fashion with Exeter Otters beginning the calendar year with two wins in the Premier Division.
Overtime was needed on Saturday in their game against Tees Valley Titans with Exeter claiming a 53:51 win after the scores were tied at 47:47 at the end of regular time. Jordan Bright top-scored with 25 points for Exeter.
Two points was also the difference as The Otters beat CWBA in another enthralling finish, less than 24 hours later.
CWBA had a three-point lead heading into the final minute of the final quarter, but two baskets from top-scorer Jude Hamer and a free-throw from captain Jack Davey ensured Exeter were celebrating for the second time in as many days.
The two wins move Exeter to fourth in the Premier Division table, with four wins from seven games.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, The Owls continued their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 season with victory over The Bears. Jack Perry top-scored with 20 points as the Manchester-based team made it six wins from six to remain as the only undefeated Premier Division team.
London Titans began 2020 with a 59:32 win at home to NI Knights; avenging their defeat from the reverse fixture at the beginning of December.
Wakefield Whirlwinds’ home game against The Owls 2 was the only fixture in Division 1 North; a match which saw Wakefield leapfrog Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks at the top of the table.
Lee Fryer scored 38 points as Wakefield triumphed 79:39 to extend their winning streak to six wins from six games this season.
Wakefield are one point ahead of Glasgow, whose only defeat during the 2019/20 campaign so far has come against the Yorkshire-based team.
London Titans 2 beat Blackhawks 60:22 to extend their lead at the top of Division 1 South to three points, although second-placed Thames Valley Kings have played three games less.
High Rollers ended Plymouth Raiders’ unbeaten start to the season with a 65:59 home win in Division 2 South. Hadj Lahmar and Charlie McIntyre scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, for High Rollers, while Oscar Knight top-scored with 32 points for Plymouth.
High Rollers and Plymouth Raiders are now level on 11 points with five wins from six games.
There was another close game in Division 2 South as Norwich Lowriders triumphed 44:42 against Frenford Falcons to move one point behind league leaders Sussex Bears.
Vikings were victorious against Wakefield Whirlwinds 2 as the top-two in Division 3 North went head-to-head.
Lewis Craddock scored 20 points as Vikings beat Wakefield 39:42 to draw level with Wakefield at the top of the table. Both teams have 11 points, having won five of their six games this season.
Sparrows cemented their position at the top of Division 3 South East with a 28:53 victory over London Titans 4.
Windsor Monarchs secured their third win of the season with a 34-25 win over Folkestone Arrows; also, in Division 3 South East.
A full list of results and league tables are available here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/nl-premier-division-19-20/