BRADFORD Dragons ended up with a mixed bag of results in Division One of the National Basketball League at the weekend.

The first game in their double header came at London Lions II on Saturday afternoon, which they won 86-81 despite a fantastic late fightback from the hosts.

They were on the road again the following day at Loughborough Riders, where a weakened side went down to a heavy 98-74 defeat.

Those results see Bradford drop to seventh in the 14-team table, but they are level on points with the three teams immediately above them.

A slow start from the Dragons in the capital on Saturday saw the Lions race into a 13-7 lead.

But with a Justin Williams trey eventually putting the visitors in front with just under three minutes of the first quarter to go, they led 26-21 by the first buzzer.

London hit back impressively in the second quarter, but Bradford still held a one-point advantage at half-time, ahead 42-41 thanks to a Williams three on the buzzer.

A moment of individual brilliance from Jordan Whelan, intercepting an attempted Lions high pass, dribbling the full length of the court and completing with a lay-up, set the tone for the third quarter, as Bradford ran riot to finish it 66-49 in front.

London refused to lie down in the final period, amassing an impressive 32 points in total during it, but Bradford just held out to take an 86-81 win.

The game high score was shared between Williams (pictured above, left, by Alex Daniel) and Whelan, who both bagged 21 points apiece.

Micah Savery-Richards was missing for both games, and he was joined on the sidelines by Walsh for the visit to Loughborough, the latter picking up an injury during the win over the Lions.

With two key players absent, Chris Mellor’s Bradford side were not at the races on Sunday.

The Riders already held a substantial 14-point lead by the end of the opening quarter and they were 43-30 in front by half-time.

Bradford had a sniff heading into the final quarter at 70-56 behind, but running on empty, they ended up being dismantled by that huge 24-point margin.

Despite the loss, Williams again registered the game high score with a superb total of 33 points.

The Dragons travel away again this coming weekend, with a Sunday fixture at Reading Rockets, where tip-off is at 4pm.