MK Mustangs avoided a potential banana skin as they beat bottom club Reading Rockets 74-62 to stay top of the table.
The win was Mustangs’ 10th in a row in all competitions.
Early baskets from Rickwood and Kevin Moyo were enough to give the Mustangs a 17-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
With Diego Garcia shooting well from beyond the arc, and some solid team defence lead by Edu Santamaria the home team were able to open up their lead to 14 points as the half time buzzer sounded.
Reading’s coach must have had some strong words for his players in the locker room at the break as they came out with renewed vigeur in the second half, and rallied to mount a comeback.
Gradually chipping away at the lead, they out-scored Mustangs 17-14 in the third period to reduce the arrears heading into the final quarter.
With the contest still in the balance, Mustangs were struggling to find their rhythm on offence, and saw their lead cut to just four points early in the fourth.
But a time-out gave them time to regroup, and some good finishing by Jordan Becks was enough to see MK rebuild their lead, winning comfortably in the end 74-62.
It was a tight match between the U15s and Hertfordshire Warriors, but 24 points from Lozano helped them pick up a 77-75 win.
And it took a thrilling overtime finale, but the Mustangs U13s were victorious over Stevenage Scorpions, winning the match 54-50.