03 Mar 2017: Phoenix 87-74 Force

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Belated celebrations for Phoenix on BBC Sport

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Cheshire Phoenix 87 (28,46,63)
(Brown 22, Eaves 21, Di Nunno 14)
Leeds Force 74 (16,42,57)
(Isenbarger 22, Sandoval 21, Marsden 19)

Cheshire Phoenix finally claimed their first league win of 2017 after beating Leeds Force 87-74 in front of the BBC Sport cameras.

The home side went 10-of-15 from beyond the arc in a strong shooting display as they join Leeds on five wins with both teams looking for a late Play-Off push.

Earl Brown top scored with 22 points with Frank Eaves adding 21 points from the bench, while Mike DiNunno added 14 points and five steals on his return from injury.

Cheshire raced into a 10-2 start and led by as many as 14 when Adekoya made back-to-back triples to make it 26-12 in the first.

The 14-point cushion was restored in the second, after a fightback from Leeds, as Eaves netted from downtown at 44-30, before the visitors went on a 15-2 run across the half-time break.

However, Phoenix kept their opponents at bay, maintaining their lead for the remainder of the game as they moved into the fourth up six.

Leeds halved the deficit at 65-62, but a 9-0 response from the home side proved decisive and they wrapped up the victory to move within four wins of the top eight.

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