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The Friday Preview - Feb 1, 2013

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There's the usual BBL Championship action on the menu this weekend, but it's the BBL Trophy which continues to capture the imagination.

The second quarter-final takes place tonight and it promises to be an absolute cracker at Surrey Sports Park as the hometown Heat welcome Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, with the visitors looking to continue in their quest to add to the BBL Cup which they recently tucked safely away in the cabinet.

The title-chasing duo should serve up a treat, with the motivation for Creon Raftopoulos and the Heat very much concerned with getting back to the Final and trying to make-up for when they lost to Mersey Tigers at the O2 Arena a couple of seasons ago.

Riders' play-caller and recently crowned Molten BBL Coach of the Month Rob Paternostro can't wait, reiterating this kind of winner-takes-all contest as exactly what players, coaches and fans should relish. As well as the BBL Trophy clash, Riders also entertain Mersey Tigers tomorrow in the BBL Championship in a top versus bottom encounter.

Their main rivals for the title and defending BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles, will certainly have to be at their best on Sunday. They will line-up in the north-east derby game when they make the short trip down the A1 to Newton Aycliffe where they will face an in-form Durham Wildcats. It's a tricky game for the leaders since most Durham players all seem to have hit top gear at once and especially Ralph Bucci who has taken back-to-back Molten BBL Player of the Month Awards. With Wildcats securing three wins in their last four games, the Eagles can't afford any kind of complacency.

And, Dave Elderkin will be hoping his players can make it four wins in five games by the time they face the Eagles. That's because this evening, Durham will step out at One Health Sharks Sheffield with both clubs currently two of four teams sat with seven wins and engaged in a monumental battle for a play-off spot. Sharks have been boosted by their recent passage through to the BBL Trophy semi-finals and Wildcats' guard Keith Page has admitted trying to contain and shackle Mike Tuck will be the key for the visitors.

The other two teams sat on seven wins are Manchester Giants and London Lions, with both in action over the weekend. The former host Worcester Wolves tonight in a tough looking home game, whilst Lions can look forward to moving to eight victories for the season if they can avoid the banana skin of the visiting and still winless Mersey Tigers.

However, if Vince Macaulay wants to watch his team harvest two wins, it's going to be tough, since Lions make the long trek up to Glasgow on Sunday to face the Rocks, with the Scottish club also welcoming Cheshire Phoenix to the Emirates Arena tonight.

The Phoenix are sat on eight wins and therefore looking over their shoulders with the play-off chasing pack all bunched up right behind them. As well as heading north of the border, they will also lock horns with UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at the Northgate Arena in the last BBL game of the weekend on Sunday night.

Germany, Georgia, Iceland, Ukraine, Poland and Great Britain punch 2017 EuroBasket tickets - 1 month ago

Group A Cyprus - Switzerland 92-78 Cyprus finished the Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Switzerland at home court for 2-4 record. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M) came up with 26 points to pace the home side. Switzerland jumped to a 41:37 halftime lead. However Cyprus went on a 24:14 run in the third term to surge ahead. Cyprus unloaded 31 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Anthony King (206-C/F-85, college: Miami, FL) provided 12 points, 7 re...   [read more]

2017 EuroBasket Qualifiers. Day 5 - 1 month ago

Group A Iceland - Cyprus 84-62 Iceland outgunned Cyprus for the second win in Group A. Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Cyprus jumped to a 20:17 lead after ten minutes. But Iceland went on a 52:26 run in the next two quarters to secure a 23-point lead before the fourth stanza. They maintained the lead throughout the final term to secure the win. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92, college: Maryland) netted 15 points for the hosts. Andreas Si...   [read more]

Alan Voskuil
2017 EuroBasket Qualifiers. Day 4 - 1 month ago

Group A Switzerland - Iceland 83-80 Switzerland snapped three-game losing skid and beat Iceland for the first victory in Group A. David Ramseier (202-F/C-87) posted 19 points to lead the hosts. Iceland secured an 18:15 lead after the opening quarter. Switzerland picked up the tempo after the break. They sank 25 points in the second term to pull within a single point. Switzerland held Iceland to 13 points in the third term to spur ahead. They erupted for 27 points in the fourth stanza and...   [read more]

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European Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Belgium 5-1 
 2. Iceland 4-2 
 3. Cyprus 2-4 
 4. Switzerlan. 1-5 
Group B
 1. Germany 4-2 
 2. Holland 4-2 
 3. Austria 2-4 
 4. Denmark 2-4 
Group C
 1. Russia 4-0 
 2. Bosnia 2-2 
 3. Sweden 0-4 
Group D
 1. Poland 5-1 
 2. Belarus 3-3 
 3. Estonia 3-3 
 4. Portugal 1-5 
Group E
 1. Slovenia 6-0 
 2. Ukraine 4-2 
 3. Bulgaria 2-4 
 4. Kosovo 0-6 
Group F
 1. Georgia 5-1 
 2. Montenegro. 5-1 
 3. Slovakia 1-5 
 4. Albania 1-5 
Group G
 1. Hungary 6-0 
 2. U.Kingdom 3-3 
 3. FYR Macedo. 2-4 
 4. Luxembourg. 1-5 
Points Per Game
  Avg: 28
 1. Stojanovski, Vojdan28.0 
 2. Veideman, Rain24.0 
 3. Hanga, Adam23.0 
 4. Gomes, Joao22.0 
 5. Dragic, Goran21.0 
 6. Vojvoda, David20.5 
 7. de Jong, Worthy19.5 
 8. Nurkic, Jusuf19.0 
 9. Lawrence, Andrew19.0 
 10. Hermannsson, Mart.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 15
 1. Nurkic, Jusuf15.0 
 2. Gomes, Joao10.5 
 3. Baeringsson, Hlynur9.5 
 4. Todorovic, Marko9.0 
 5. Karasev, Sergey9.0 
 6. Iarochevitch, Ioa.8.0 
 7. Shengelia, Tornike7.5 
 8. Tumba, Kevin7.0 
 9. Gordon, Ben7.0 
 10. Fesenko, Kyrylo7.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Dragic, Goran8.5 
 2. Lypovyy, Oleksandr7.5 
 3. Tsintsadze, Giorgi7.5 
 4. Gordon, Ben6.5 
 5. Mihailovic, Vladim.5.5 
 6. Vojvoda, David5.5 
 7. Travis, Romeo5.5 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Hord.5.0 
 9. Tabu, Jonathan5.0 
 10. Velikov, Asen5.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 4
 1. Needham, Derek4.0 
 2. Dorbek, Martin3.5 
 3. Keller, Akos3.0 
 4. Baburin, Evgenii3.0 
 5. Hajrizi, Drilon3.0 
 6. Obasohan, Retin3.0 
 7. Broadus, Rashaun3.0 
 8. Tumba, Kevin2.5 
 9. Barroso, Tomas2.5 
 10. Kostov, Chavdar2.5 
Blocks Per Game
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  Avg: 2
 1. Bobrov, Vyacheslav2.0 
 2. Kulagin, Dmitrii2.0 
 3. Panteli, Iakovos1.5 
 4. Zipser, Paul1.5 
 5. Benzing, Robin1.5 
 6. Palsson, Haukur1.5 
 7. Hajrizi, Drilon1.5 
 8. Bergstedt, Jonas1.5 
 9. Kitsing, Kristjan1.0 
 10. Mahalbasic, Rasid1.0 
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