Newcastle Eagles 79-82 Plymouth Raiders
Tuesday 11th April 2006
Plymouth Raiders ended their season on a high with a 79-82 point victory over the newly crowned BBL Champions , Newcastle Eagles. It was The Raiders second win over Newcastle in three days.
It leaves the Plymouth side in ninth position in the final BBL table, just one point off the playoff positions.
It was big man Carlton Aaron who once again caused the Geordies the problem with a game high 26 points as The Raiders just got their noses in front in the closing stages and held on for the win.
Earlier in the final quarter The Eagles had rattled off nine points without reply to trim the visitors advantage to just a single digit at 77-76.
Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles 79 (21,42,53)
Walker 24, Sullivan 18, Smith 14
Plymouth Raiders 82 (22,44,58)
Lasker 27, Aaron 26, Beasley 13
Plymouth Raiders 84-82 Newcastle Eagles
Sunday 9th April 2006
Plymouth Raiders recorded their first win of the season over BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles with an 84-82 victory at The Pavilions.
The Raiders broke the game open after outscoring their visitors 22-14 in the second period to open up a double-digit advantage at 47-33 by the halfway point.
However the Eagles fought back to narrow the deficit to just seven at 67-60 going into the final stanza and ran the home side close down the stretch.
The Raiders held their nerve late on to win behind 31 points from big man Carlton Aaron.
It was Aaron that led the scoring, with Gaylon Moore scoring 15 and Allister Gall 13 for the Raiders.
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 84 (25,47,67)
Aaron 31, Moore 15, Gall 13
Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles 82
Defoe 22, Bridge 19, Babalola 13
Plymouth Raiders 81-99 Westfield Sharks
Saturday 8th April 2006
Plymouth Raiders went down to a comprehensive 99-81 defeat at home to Westfield Sharks Sheffield.
After opening up a 29-24 first quarter lead The Sharks extended their advantage to 54-41 by half time led by some excellent shooting from Blake Shelton and Sterling Davis.
Raiders were no match for the Sharks in the third quarter either as the visitors stretched away to 80- 62. In the end Sheffield were able to relax in the final stanza as Peter Scantlebury’s men set up a first round play off match with DMU Leicester Riders.
Plymouth Raiders 81 (24,41,62)
Love 22, Beasley 22, Moore 15
Westfield Sharks Sheffield 98 (29,54,80)
Shelton 22, Davis 21, Slattery 15
Leicester Riders 83-86 Plymouth Raiders
Saturday 1st April 2006
Plymouth Raiders are turning up the heat on the race for the final playoff places as they defeated the DMU Leicester Riders 83-86 in the East Midlands.
The game was close throughout most of the first half until the Riders netted 11 unanswered points to gain a 46-38 lead, which became 48-41 by half time.
In the third period Plymouth got it back to within one at 57-56 before the Riders pushed it back out again with a further 7-0 burst to lead 64-56. But after the visitors scored the last five points of the quarter it was they who led 70-71 going into the decisive stanza.
They carried that momentum into the fourth as they went on to score the opening five points and take the lead at 70-76.
Two triples from Corey Jackson ignited a 10-2 response from the home side and saw them lead at 80-78 but the game was soon level again after a DeAntoine Beasley dunk knotted the teams at 82.
After a Deginald Erskin free-throw, Andrew Lasker made 2/2 from the line to see the Raiders lead at 83- 84, he then proceeded to steal the ball from Anthony McHenry from the inbounds and slam it home to seal the win.
It was Lasker's 28 points that led all scorers whilst Beasley added 22 for the Raiders. Leicester were led by 23 points from Deginald Erskin and 14 points and 10 assists from Ryan Huntley.
Leicester Riders 83 (26,48,70)
Erskin 23, Huntley 14, Knight 13
Plymouth Raiders 86 (24,41,71)
Lasker 28, Beasley 22, Aaron 15
Sheffield Sharks 97 Plymouth Raiders 88
Sunday 26th March 2006
The Westfield Sharks Sheffield made it four wins from their last five games, and got revenge for two previous losses to the Kularoos Plymouth Raiders, as they beat them 97-88 on Sunday.
An offensively minded first quarter saw the teams evenly matched, with the Sharks edging out to a 26- 23 lead before Todd Cauthorn scored the last 5 points of the period, including an old-fashioned three point play, to see the home side lead 31-23.
The Raiders closed the gap slightly to five points at 47-42 at the half, before the home side made their move after the break. The Sharks moved away to a 55-46 lead before proceeding to nail five three- pointers, three from Blake Shelton and two from Iain McKinney, as well as seven free-throws for their biggest lead of the game at 77-55 with 1:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Raiders could not get closer than 14 until late in the game. After and Eddie Cage dunk had given the Sharks a 95-78 lead, Plymouth netted the next 10 points of the game to get back to 95-88 with 33 seconds left, until another thunderous dunk from Cage finished the night's scoring and settled the game.
Shelton shot 6/9 from beyond the arc to lead the Sharks with 27 points, whilst Cage made 20. However, it was Andrew Lasker who led the scoring with 28 personal for the Raiders.
Westfield Sharks Sheffield 97 (31,47,79) (Shelton 27, Cage 20, McKinney/Cauthorn 14)
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 88 (23,42,60) (Lasker 28, Aaron 23, Love 11)
Plymouth Raiders 66 Chester Jets 70
Saturday 25th March 2006
Chester Jets moved into sixth place in the BBL with a 70-66 win at Kularoos Plymouth Raiders.
The loss seriously dents the Raiders hopes of a top eight finish, but they are still just a point behind Genesis Brighton Bears who are eighth. Both teams have five matches left.
Jets had player/coach Billy Singleton to thank for the victory. Singleton scored his team’s final three-points of the match to close out the win for the visitors.
Earlier Chester had raced out to a 27-14 first quarter lead only to be pegged back to 33-33 by half time. Raiders maintained their defensive pressure in the third as they edged in front 52-51.
Chester regained their composure in the final stanza though as a game high 18-points from Philip Gilbert helped them to a vital win.
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 66 (14,33,52) (Aaron 16, Moore 15, Beasley 13)
Chester Jets 70 (27,33,51) (Gilbert 18, Myers 14, Singleton 14)
Plymouth Raiders 90 Brighton Bears 78
Sunday 19 March 2006
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders closed the gap on Genesis Brighton Bears’ final play off berth win a 90-78 win at the Pavilions over the Bears.
After a close first half which saw the Raiders lead 44- 42 at the interval the home team broke the match open with a superb third quarter.
A 26-17 period saw Gary Stronach’s men take an 11 point lead into the final stanza.
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 90 (22,44,70) (Aaron 18, Moore 15, Gall 15)
Genesis Brighton Bears 78 (21,42,59) (Williams 27, Alleyne 16, McGee 13)
Leicester Riders 90 - 82 Plymouth Raiders
Saturday 18 March 2006
DMU Leicester Riders won for the first time since March 4 after a comfortable 90-82 home victory over Kularoos Plymouth Raiders.
The Riders had a 24-6 second quarter run to thank for giving them a substantial advantage which they refused to relinquish for the rest of the match. Ryan Huntley hit 14 in that run on his way to a game high 29-points.
DMU Leicester Riders 90 (21,52,71) (Huntley 29, McHenry 27, Knight 12)
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 82 (22,37,56) (Beasley 22, Love 21, Moore/Lasker 12)
Guildford Heat 98 Plymouth Raiders 89
Sunday 12th March
Plymouth Raiders lost their key play-off game at Guildford, going down 98-89.
Ajou Deng scored 30 points and snatched 13 rebounds for Guildford.
Strong starts to the second and third stanza put them in a good position before Dean Williams scored the last eight points of the game to ensure the win for the home side.
Plymouth Raiders 77 Scottish Rocks 64
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders pulled off a shock win over BBL Championship leaders Scottish Rocks at Plymouth Pavilions (Sat 11th March).
A 23-10 run in the final quarter by the Raiders saw them come from behind to win a fiery game at the Pavilions.
Raiders had lost to Rocks three times this season, so this win was sweet for Plymouth.
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 73 - 74 London Towers
Sunday 5th March
Only seven days after having beaten Noray Properties London Towers on their own court at Crystal Palace, Kularoos Plymouth Raiders faced them again. This time at home.
However London Towers avenged last week's defeat and moved into joint third place in the league with a 74-73 win at the Plymouth Pavilions.
The Towers led throughout the match and remained in control in the fourth quarter despite Raiders pressure.
Lynard Stewart, the BBL’s player of the month for February, continued his recent good form with a game high 25-points.
Kularoos Plymouth Raiders 73 (13,30,49) (Aaron 20, Moore 15, Gall 14)
London Towers 74 (18,34,54) (Stewart 25, Hudson 14, Simmons 12)