Basketball: Rocks lose top spot in day for underdogs

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The underdogs had their day in the British Basketball League on Saturday when Guildford Heat, Birmingham Bullets, Chester Jets and Plymouth Raiders all beat teams above them in the table.

The Raiders, in ninth and battling for a place in the play-off quarter-finals, knocked the title-contending Scottish Rocks off top spot with a 77-64 win at The Pavilions, allowing Newcastle Eagles to lead the table with fewer defeats.

The Raiders pulled away with a 23-10 final quarter after the visitors' coach Steve Swanson was ejected. Guildford moved up to fifth with an impressive 96-82 win at under-strength London Towers, who missed the injured Lynard Stewart. Brian Dux and Dean Williams scored 19 points for Guildford who also beat Plymouth 98-89 last night.

Birmingham won only their sixth game of the season, by 88-85 at Leicester Riders where Yorick Williams led all scorers with 30 points including 11 in the final quarter.

Chester jumped above Brighton Bears into seventh place by beating them 82-81 on Saturday, Shawn Myers scoring the winning basket at the buzzer, but the Bears bit back with a 79-76 win in Chester last night.

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