Despite the absence of injury victims Kingsley Ellmer and Javan Hayles, City of Sheffield Saints had a comfortable 85-56 home win over Huddersfield Heat.
Saints took the first quarter 21 – 14 and Jim Rose then hit eight points and had two steals as they opened up a commanding 45-27 lead at the break.
Pete Olusoga sank seven of eight from the free throw line as the home side took a 69-40 advantage into the final quarter and Saints then closed the game out to help give birthday ‘boy,’ player-coach Garnet Gayle, something extra to celebrate.
Team and scorers: Pete Olusoga and Chris Hackett 16, Jim Rose and Garnet Gayle 14, Nick Cockman 13, Gary Bywater and Chris Law 3, Oliver Bourne, Phil Drewett and Luke Parker 2.
Saints face a double-header weekend with a trip to Derby tomorrow followed by a home clash against Sefton at All Saints on Sunday (2pm).
The Under-13s had a comprehensive 100-40 victory over neighbours Rotherham to go clear at the top of the North East League while the Under-14s moved up to fourth with a 57-41 win at York.
Meanwhile the Under-16s took maximum points from their double-header against Trafford. They won the home game 70-51 and eased to an 88-55 success in the return in Manchester to move into second place in the Premier North League.
Team and scorers (home): Kenneth Nwose 16, Marko Backovic 11, Connor Dixon 8, David Frost 6, Montell Gordon 6, Marcus Welsh 6, Josh Edwards 5, Eddy Brownell 3, Tyler Gayle 3, Conor D’Souza-Kelly 2, George Naylor 2, Daniel Jenkinson 2. Team and scorers (away): Backovic 21, Welsh 17, Frost 9, D’Souza-Kelly 8, Edwards 8, Dixon 7, Gordon 5, Jenkinson 4, Brownell 3, Nwose 2, Gayle 2, Naylor 2.