Eagles edge out Giants

Newcastle Eagles survived a late fightback to edge an 83-82 win over Manchester Giants to open up a six-point lead at the top of the BBL table.

Malik Cooke impressed for the Eagles with 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Sheffield Sharks kept the pressure on at the top as they moved into second following an 82-73 win over close rivals Worcester Wolves, who dropped down to third on points difference.

Also on Friday night, Chez Marks contributed 22 points and four assists as London Lions claimed a 100-78 victory over lowly Surrey United.