But thecup holders, Thames Valley Tigers, lost ground in the league last night with a 70-69 defeat at Birmingham Bullets, after also reaching the knock-out quarter-finals 24 hours earlier by impressively sweeping aside London Towers 95-83.
Tigers obliterated London's cup hopes by outscoring them by 26 points in the first half at Bracknell, but last night ran into a three-point blitz from the Bullets. Birmingham scored 10 first-half threes for a 40- 34 interval lead and Nigel Lloyd finished with six long-range shots and Reggie Kirk with five.
Tigers still led 69-65 with three minutes to play but failed to score again as Lloyd first hit a three and then a lay-up 70 seconds from time to snatch victory.
Last season's beaten finalists, Leicester City Riders, went out 92-89 at home to Chester Jets. The quarter-final line-up is completed by Great London Leopards, Manchester Giants, Derby Storm, Newcastle and Birmingham.Reuse content