BBL Championship: Durham edge Manchester in thrilling contest
Durham Wildcats coach Lee Davie wants his side to build on their dramatic 70-67 victory against Manchester Giants in the BBL Championship on Sunday.
Ralph Bucci's late three-pointer settled a pulsating game, ending Durham's three-match losing run.
"Those games are why you put all the time and effort into preparation for games. I would love to play 36 games a year like this," said Davie.
Elsewhere, leaders Newcastle Eagles beat Glasgow Rocks 103-93.
Durham and Manchester finished with identical records last year as both reached the BBL play-offs, and Sunday's win took Davie's side into the top eight.
"This is a huge win for us, it's snapped a three-game losing streak, we're 1-1 in our best-of-three series with Manchester for the head-to-head, we closed out a fourth-quarter with a win and we did all of this short-handed," continued Davie.
"Moving forward, we need to build upon this result with this weekend's games against Leeds and London."
|BBL Championship: Round eight results|
|Friday, 14 November|
|Leeds Force 58-73 Bristol Flyers|
|Newcastle Eagles 103-93 Glasgow Rocks|
|Worcester Wolves 90-81 Manchester Giants|
|Saturday, 15 November|
|Surrey United 62-78 Worcester Wolves|
|Bristol Flyers 73-86 Cheshire Phoenix|
|Sunday, 16 November|
|London Lions 78-70 Leeds Force|
|Durham Wildcats 70-67 Manchester Giants|
|Glasgow Rocks 78-81 Leicester Riders|
|Cheshire Phoenix 104-98 Plymouth Raiders|
It was the Manchester club's second loss of the weekend, having fallen 90-81 to Worcester Wolves on Friday.
Wolves followed that success with a 78-62 defeat of Surrey United on Saturday, while Bristol Flyers lost to Cheshire Phoenix 86-73.
Flyers had beaten Leeds Force 73-58 on Friday and Leeds also lost out to London Lions 78-70 on Sunday.
There were two other dramatic finishes on Sunday, as Tyler Bernardini inspired Leicester Riders to a narrow win at Rocks, while Cheshire held off Plymouth Raiders 104-98.
In the WBBL, 16-year-old prospect Abigail Lowe demonstrated her potential with 12 points in Barking Abbey Crusaders' 67-56 victory against Cardiff Met Archers.
Both teams had already advanced to the National Cup semi-finals, joined by Brixton Topcats and Sevenoaks Suns.