Eagles keep pressure on Riders

Newcastle Eagles kept up the pressure on BBL Championship leaders Leicester Riders with a comfortable 95-69 success over Cheshire.

Darius Defoe led the way with 19 points in a game where the Eagles, who have a game in hand, were always in charge. Charles Smith contributed 18 points.

A superb final quarter from London Lions ensured they overcame Worcester Wolves 94-76.

The Lions were trailing in the first three quarters but stepped up their performance levels in the final 15 minutes for their fifth win of the season.

Surrey Heat cruised to a 74-54 victory at Mersey Tigers, who lost their 10th game, while Plymouth Raiders were 99-71 winners at Sheffield Sharks.