Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Awards 2011-12 - May 17, 2012
Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team 2012
Player of the Year :Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E. Guard of the Year :Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E. Forward of the Year :Ayron Hardy (195-F-88) of Leicester R. Center of the Year :Paul Williams (208-F/C-83) of Plymouth R. Bosman Player of the Year :Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76) of Worcester W. Import Player of the Year:Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E. Domestic Player of the Year:Andrew Thomson (205-F-84) of Newcastle E. Naturalised Player of the Year :Charles Smith (198-F-75) of Newcastle E. Defensive Player of the Year :Ayron Hardy (195-F-88) of Leicester R. Coach of the Year :Fabulous Flournoy of Newcastle E.
Newcastle Eagles beat Leicester Riders 71-62 to win BBL Play-Offs - May 12, 2012
Newcastle Eagles completed a clean sweep of all four BBL titles this season with a 71-62 win over Leicester Riders in the Play-Off final.
Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider), who led the Eagles' scoring with 21 points, was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Leicester made the better start to both halves, but the Eagles' big-game experience told in the second half.
The Eagles added the Play-Offs title to the Cup, Trophy and league titles they have already won this season.
In all, they have won five play-off titles and 17 of the 28 BBL titles on offer during that period under player-coach Fab Flournoy.
Spurred on by Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova), Leicester started aggressively and finished the first quarter with a 10-0 run to lead 21-12.
Newcastle recovered their poise in the second quarter with the help of point guard Paul Gause (180-G-86, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Seton Hall) and tied the game 31-31 just before the half-time interval courtesy of a Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) dunk.
Gause went on to score 13 points and Defoe added 10, while Sullivan had 18 points for Leicester but lacked consistent scoring support from his colleagues.
Leicester scored the first six points of the second half but Newcastle overhauled them and led 63-53 going into the last five minutes of the game after a three from Andy Thomson.
The Eagles held on to win thanks to baskets from Gause and Defoe in a scrappy end to the game, in which both teams missed several chances to make a decisive run.
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Eagles Crowned BBL Champions - Mar 24, 2012
The Newcastle Eagles have won the 2012 BBL Trophy Final after beating the UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders 96-80 in the North East, thereby overturning a nine-point first leg deficit. It is the third time that they have won the Trophy in the last four years, and the fifth time since 2005; it is also their second piece of silverware of 2012 after they beat the Raiders in January's BBL Cup Final and avenges the bitter memory of the Raiders winning the Trophy on Newcastle's floor in 2007.
Paul Gause (180-G-86, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Seton Hall) led the Eagles with 19 points and 7 assists, with Andrew Thomson (17), Charles Smith (16) and Joe Chapman (16) scoring ten three-pointers between them. It was an enthralling second leg as the Eagles looked in control after a scintillating second quarter, only to be pegged back before using a decisive surge across the fourth quarter break to win the game. The Raiders, chasing the game late on, shot just 3/23 (13%) from three-point range, while the Eagles, after a slow start, used key three-pointers to decide the outcome, shooting 40% on the night.
After a tight opening quarter, the Eagles outscored their visitors by 30-11 over the final six minutes of the second stanza, with Smith and Chapman hitting two three-pointers each, to lead 55-41 at the half, up 5 on aggregate. After briefly extending that lead in the third, the Raiders hit back with 8 straight points, and put themselves back in the ascendancy in what became a 14-2 run for 63-59 on the night, Raiders now 5 up on aggregate. But the Eagles rallied with the game's decisive run as a 9-2 tear finished the quarter, setting up a decisive fourth with the score at 71-63 on the night, Raiders one up on aggregate.
Gause scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to see the Eagles back in front, and Smith and Chapman hit three-pointers soon after for a 79-65 lead, Newcastle 5 up on aggregate with an 8-2 opening to the fourth and a 17-4 surge over the fourth quarter break. They eventually saw the game out from the free-throw line as the Raiders missed chance after chance down the stretch in the face of tenacious defence.
Elsewhere, in the BBL Championship the Mersey Tigers have won for the first time in five games after beating the One Health Sharks Sheffield 74-85 at the English Institute of Sport. The Sharks were the last team that the Tigers beat, at the start of March, thereby giving them the head-to-head between the teams and keeping their Playoff bid alive as they sit just two points behind eighth place. For the Sharks, it was their first home defeat in four outings.
Smith Lights Up BBL Cup Final For Victorious Eagles - Jan 15, 2012
An astonishing record-breaking performance by Prince Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) and Newcastle Eagles lit up the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham as they were crowned 2012 BBL Cup winners.
The veteran forward was unstoppable as he poured in 39 points to put UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders to the sword and help his team clinch a 115-94 success the Eagles points total was also a BBL Cup record.
Having endured a painful period without silverware last season, the most successful team in BBL history added another trophy to their long list of accomplishments with the swashbuckling Smith supported well by BBLrookie Paul Gause who grabbed 24 points.
However this was a real team performance by the Eagles whose impressive defence took away some key threats with the likes of shooter James Jones very much blunted, much to the frustration of Raiders coach Gavin Love.
After a big dunk by Lehmon Colbert to level the scores at 14-14, there was little indication Smith was about to explode and take the game away from Raiders -even if he had made a bright start.
But, when he made his third triple of the quarter, completed an and-1 play and came up with a huge defensive block shortly afterwards, it looked ominous for Raiders who were down by double digits at 30-20 after a dunk by Darius Defoe.
Smith continued torturing Raiders at every opportunity as he made yet another outside score and with livewire point guard Gause grabbing a score on the buzzer, Eagles were 35-20 in front after the first period.
Whatever Coach Love instructed his players to do defensively in respect of Smith clearly didnt work when early in the second period, Smith picked up where he left off with another incredible and-1 play.
Joe Chapman then put the Eagles 44-24 ahead and it looked to be all over for Raiders who must have been having dj vu about their trip to the NIA during 2009 when they were blown away by Mersey Tigers.
Thankfully for supporters decked in green, their team enjoyed a renaissance as they posted a terrific 18-5 run to reduce the deficit to single digits which was a huge morale boost.
But, the Eagles steadied things from the free-throw line and after and-1 plays by both Gause and Andrew Bridge, they re-established their stranglehold on the game at 63-46 heading to the locker rooms.
As hard as Raiders tried to eat into the arrears during the third quarter, they were still 17 points behind at the midway point and once Andy Thomson and Smith grabbed scores in transition, it looked a long way back.
Things went from bad to worse for Raiders when Paul Williams picked up his fourth foul and had to leave the game after incurring a technical foul for dissent.
It handed Smith the chance to make history and he took full advantage by sinking both free-throws to surpass the BBL Cup scoring record set by Steve Dagostino of One Health Sharks Sheffield in last years final.
With Chapman making an outrageously deep range three and Thomson throwing down a big dunk, the Raiders found themselves 94-74 behind entering the final quarter.
The excellent Gause nailed a three-pointer to take his team past the 103 mark which was the previous highest score recorded in the BBL Cup Final and it was little more than a procession afterwards as the Eagles players, coaches and fans got the party started early.
Lehmon Colbert and Jeremy Bell combined for 48 points for the losing team.
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