Glasgow Rocks find their new big man with signing of 6'9 - Aug 20, 2012
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The Glasgow Rocks are proud to announce the signing of 6'9" athletic Centre, Meneptha Darden (206-C), to fill the void down in the paint. The 24 year old American will be looking to begin his professional career with the Rocks after a successful final year at Rogers State University where he led his team in both rebounds and blocked shots.
Darden's large frame and athletic agility should be a welcoming asset to the Glasgow Rocks as they continue their search for their first piece of Silverware since the 2002/03 Season. The Rocks have always struggled to find the 'right' big man and with a new season dawning, Darden may be the missing piece to the rocks puzzle.
Head Coach, Sterling Davis, had the following to say about his most recent signing: "Meneptha, I feel, is the big we have been wanting for a while now. He is very athletic, agile, and a really good shot blocker. I think what stood out about him is his intensity level when he plays the game. He is the guy who will do whatever needs done for his team to win and really seems to wear his heart on his sleeve."
During his college years, Darden was well regarded as a big time shot blocker and rebounder, facets of the game that will go a long way in cementing Coach Davis' lockdown defensive strategies for the forthcoming season.
His hunger and passion for basketball stood out to Coach Davis: "This guy is hungry to make a name for himself and I feel that he has not been given enough opportunity to prove his worth as yet. Hopefully he will come in and bring everything I envision of him to our team."
More signing announcements will follow in the coming days, alongside details for the Annual Glasgow Rocks pre-season fixture on the 9th September against the USA Select. Tickets for this event are now online at www.glasgowrocks.co.uk with the event being held at the Kelvin Hall ISA.
This will be the final ever game to be played at Kelvin Hall with the Glasgow Rocks scheduled to play their opening BBL Fixture against the Newcastle Eagles at the Brand New Commonwealth Arena on the 7th October @ 5:00pm. Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk
Kieron Achara's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Scots playing currently abroad: - 17 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Scots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, agency: Two Points). He led Glasgow Rocks to a victory over the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks in the British BBL in Friday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Scots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom). He led Glasgow Rocks to a victory over the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-12) crushing them 84-55 in the British BBL in Friday night's game.
Achara was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Achara also added 6 assists in 30 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Glasgow Rocks (17-11) is placed third in the BBL.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Achara has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.7% and FT: 84.6% in 28 games he played so far.
Achara has a dual citizenship: Scottish and Nigerian.
He played for the Scottish senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international point guard Lee Reilly (182-92, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kieron Achara and both played together in the last British BBL game.
Reilly contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-12) crushing them 84-55.
He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
It's Reilly's first season with the team.
Reilly's overall stats this year are: 2.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 42.9%.
He played for the Scottish national team in 2014.
#3. The Scottish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Jonathan Bunyan (182-92, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kieron Achara. He played also in the last British BBL game facing Lee Reilly (above) in the other team.
Bunyan contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-12) crushing them 84-55.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Bunyan has been at the team for four years.
This season Bunyan's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 75.0% in 28 games.
Former Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury starter played for the Scottish national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Alasdair Fraser (201-92, agency: Court Side, college: Maine, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-21) to beat Hamburg (14-16).
Fraser scored 8 points.
Ehingen/Urspringschule was defeated 88-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Hamburg (#9).
The Regular Season already ended.
Fraser has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.
He used to play for the Scottish national team
back in 2013.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Scottish passport:
#1.Yannick Onifade (201-C/F, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Manchester Magic in a victory against the eighth-ranked Dragons (14-12) crushing them 87-62 in the British NBL D1 (second division) last Saturday.
Onifade recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court.
Manchester Magic (10-4) is placed second in the NBL D1.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Onifade's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.8rpg in 11 games he played so far.
Fury extinguish Blaze to complete SBC Triple Crown - 23 days ago
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The final game and main event of Day 2 of our last event of the season, the SBC Playoff Finals, was our Senior Men's Playoff Final between the League and Cup Champions Sony Centre Fury, and last years League and Playoff Champions Boroughmuir Blaze. It was Blaze who drew first blood in this one, taking a quick 5-0 lead in the game. It wasn't to last for long though as Fury quickly reversed the lead and before we knew it these teams began to trade basket for basket running up the score in a... [read more]
The final game and main event of Day 2 of our last event of the season, the SBC Playoff Finals, was our Senior Men's Playoff Final between the League and Cup Champions Sony Centre Fury, and last years League and Playoff Champions Boroughmuir Blaze. It was Blaze who drew first blood in this one, taking a quick 5-0 lead in the game. It wasn't to last for long though as Fury quickly reversed the lead and before we knew it these teams began to trade basket for basket running up the score in a good show of offense through the quarter. After 1, there was nothing to separate these sides as the score was tied at 21 a piece. This trend didn't change in the 2nd quarter as again these teams were not letting anything come between them, no clear advantage emerging for either team on the scoreboard. As the half winded to a close Fury began to show their lethal perimeter shooting hitting two 3's in a row, both from Edvinas Leginus (185-G), to finally create some separation between these two clubs sparking a late run for Falkirk. Heading into the break, Fury now had a commanding lead, 43-29. The 3rd quarter went the same as much of the game had, both these teams going neck and neck, but the Fury run had taken its toll and Blaze knew they had to make their own run, and soon to come back into the match. With only 1 quarter remaining, the score remained in Fury's favour, 65-50. Blaze poured a huge amount of effort to make a comeback in the final quarter. They brought the game down to 11 at one point, before another Edvinas Leginus 3 pointer rained in pushing the lead out once more. Ever resilient, Blaze refused to be easily beaten, again making a run at the Fury lead, this time bringing it to 10. Before, once more Fury bounced back quickly with a 7-0 run, capped off by another Edvinas Leginus 3, his 9th of the evening. This signalled the end of Blaze's comeback attempts as they lost out 95-75 in the end. Fury completing the SBC Triple Crown with the Playoff Trophy, their 2nd in just 3 years. The MVP of the Playoff Final was Edvinas Leginus who was on fire from 3 point range with 30 points including 9 3's, many of which killing all Blaze momentum through the game. Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk
Fury storm out of Mariner and on to Playoff Finals - 1 month ago
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We headed to the Mariner Centre for one last time on Friday night for a Playoff Semi-Final between Sony Centre Fury and Glasgow Storm. With a Finals spot up for grabs, there was plenty at stake for both teams. Storm showed some nerves in the first quarter, getting off to a really slow start. Falkirk were able to capitalise on this with Keith Bunyan (191-G-77) lighting up behind the arc. Fury worked the ball well as a team and made Glasgow Storm work for extended periods on the defensive e... [read more]
We headed to the Mariner Centre for one last time on Friday night for a Playoff Semi-Final between Sony Centre Fury and Glasgow Storm. With a Finals spot up for grabs, there was plenty at stake for both teams. Storm showed some nerves in the first quarter, getting off to a really slow start. Falkirk were able to capitalise on this with Keith Bunyan (191-G-77) lighting up behind the arc. Fury worked the ball well as a team and made Glasgow Storm work for extended periods on the defensive end with several offensive possessions lasting deep into the shot-clock. At the end of the first 10 minutes, Fury were able to take a comfortable 17-6 lead into the break of play. Many might have thought that this would have been game over for the Glasgow side who looked frustrated after a poor first quarter. This was not to be the case, however. Storm's Steven Murdoch (191-F/G) caught fire in the second quarter to cut the Fury lead. Murdoch's 11-point scoring spree and some lights out shooting from Storm's Kyle Haldane (184-PG-92) gave Storm a 33-32 lead as time wound down on an exciting first half. Fury were able to beat the buzzer before half-time and took a narrow 1-point lead to the locker room at the break. With the game evenly poised at 33-32, it was certainly still all to play for in the second-half. It was Fury who started strongest in the third quarter with defence playing the key to their success in a 20-7 quarter. Storm's scoring struggles returned in the third quarter which left the Glasgow outfit frustrated. With it all still to do in the final period, Storm looked inspired and ready to start their comeback once more. Unfortunately for Storm, Fury's experience prevailed down the stretch and an impressive contribution from Fury's Keith Bunyan and Adam Hammerschmidt (192-F-94) put the game within reach. Storm, who have continued to improve and cause upsets this season, continued to fight hard at both ends of the floor but could not reduce the deficit to any less than 10-points as Fury punched their ticket to this year's Playoff Final with a 68-58 win. Friday night also saw the other Men's Semi-Final take place, with St Mirren West College Scotland hosting Boroughmuir Blaze at the Lagoon. Blaze were victors in this one to set up a re-match of this year's Scottish Cup Final. Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk
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