Reading Rockets claim D1 Playoff title - Apr 28, 2013
Reading - Worthing 88:57
The Reading Rockets finished their D1 season on a high note. They knocked down the Worthing Thunder to celebrate the playoff title. Lewis Champion-Alleyne (185-PG-93) stepped up with 25 points to pace the winners. He was named the Playoff MVP. Reading left Worthing far behind in the opening quarter. The Rockets took off to a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Reading boosted their lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 37:24 halftime lead. The Rockets stepped on the gas in the third term. Reading exploded with 32 points in the period to take a comfortable 69:39 lead. The Rockets never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) posted 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Robert Parker (191-G-82) added 14 points for the winners. Bud Johnston (193-G/F-84) and Hank Rivers (202-F-81, college: SF Austin) answered with 9 points each in the loss.
Leeds clinch come from behind Cup title - Jan 29, 2013
Leeds Carnegie produced an incredible late comeback to claim the 2013 Sportcover National Cup final, defeating Bristol Academy Flyers 66-64 on Sunday at Ponds Forge.
Carnegie scored the final 14 points of the game - all inside of the last two and a half minutes - as they erased a 12 point deficit in that timespan and took the front in the final 20 seconds.
Henry Wilkins (195-SG-90) was the hero and was named as MVP as he tallied 11 points and 2 steals in the closing moments on his way to 21 points in the game. He started the decisive run with a jump shot from just inside the three point line.
After Jack Stannard (186-G-90) had made two from two at the line, Wilkins knocked the ball loose from Bristol guard Fran Robles and dunked it home from David Ajumobi's pass to cause Bristol coach Andreas Kapuolas to call a timeout having seen his team's advantage half in the span of 40 seconds.
Coming out of the break, Bristol missed a three point shot and again it was Wilkins again to the fore as he drove to the hoop for a layup, drawing a foul from Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye in the process and sinking the free throw to bring his team within three.
With a large contingent of the crowd now loudly supporting the student team, Bristol missed a couple of shots on their next possession and Wilkins stepped up again, sinking a three pointer from the top of the key to bring the scores level.
Wilkins wasn't done as on the next Bristol possession he knocked the ball loose from Robles again, forcing the Spaniard to foul him and send him to the line to avoid the fast break score. Wilkins only sunk one of two shots, but that put his team in front and crucially he grabbed the rebound off the second shot, forcing Bristol to foul him again to stop the clock.
With two shots from the line to give his side a three point lead, Wilkins finally failed to produce as he missed both and the ball went out of bounds off Leeds, giving Kapoulas a chance to call timeout a draw up a play to give his team a shot to win it.
The inbounds play didn't work though as the ball was knocked away from Doug McLaughlin-Williams and went out of bounds off the Bristol player giving Carnegie the ball back. Robert Marsden scored his 20th point of the game from the line after he was fouled to stop the clock, leaving Bristol just a handful of seconds to overcome the gap.
Greg Streete drove the length of the court and put up a runner from the middle of the lane that rimmed out, Enrique Garcia could only tip the ball straight up in the air on the rebound and as the ball rolled away the final buzzer sounded, sparking huge celebrations on the Leeds bench.
Leeds had actually started the game brightest, leading 14-8 at one stage in the first quarter, but Bristol scored 16 points in a row spanning the first quarter break including triples from Robles and Jack Griffiths. It was a three pointer from Wilkins that ended the scoring at the first half and brought the scores level at 30 going into the locker rooms.
Another big run for Bristol spanning the third quarter break looked to have clinched the game. They outscored Leeds 21-2 from the midpoint of the third quarter until there were 8 minutes left in the game, but in the end this just set the scene for Carnegie's amazing comeback.
Full highlights of the game will be produced in due course, but for now here are Henry Wilkin's personal highlights from the end of the game - Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk
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