THERE was double joy in the south-west for Durham Wildcats who followed up their win 24 hours earlier in Bristol with a late offensive barrage to take down Plymouth Raiders.

Having had their noses in front for much of the contest, Wildcats had looked the most likely winners for long-periods and especially when they led by double-digits heading to the locker rooms at the interval until Raiders seized the momentum, but Wildcats roared impressively during the last ten minutes as they found an extra offensive gear to rack up a mammoth 33 points and take a 101-88 victory.

It was a real team effort by Wildcats who had no fewer than five players reach double-figures – including Chris Jones, who was the standout performer.

The guard posted a brilliant seven of nine shooting effort and a spectacular 11 assists to complete a memorable double-double and make it a happy trip back up to the north-east for him and his team-mates.

Sunday's victory followed a 72-61 win at Bristol Flyers, where the hosts nearly erased a 20 point deficit before coming up short in the fourth quarter 61-72 at the WISE Arena.

Neither side started the game well offensively and struggled to put points on the board, resulting in a low-scoring opening quarter, after which Flyers were up by a single point at 9-8. However, it was the Wildcats who managed to get out of the shooting slump first, using a 14-5 run at the end of the first half to jump ahead to a 36-19 lead at the interval.

Despite playing their second game in two nights, Flyers came out with more energy after the break and clawed their way back into the game with great effort in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 44-47 by the end of the period.

However, the Bristol side ran out of steam in the fourth quarter, as Wildcats went on an 11-2 run to regain a double-digit lead midway through the final period and they went on to put the game away.

Joel Madourie had a game-high 16 points for Durham, while Doug Herring collected a team-high 12 for Flyers.

Ralph Bucci made his 100th appearance in BBL Championship matches in the Bristol game, according to BBL statistics, and has made all his appearances as a Durham Wildcat.