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BBL Standings
 1. Bristol AF 0-0 
 2. Cheshire P. 0-0 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 0-0 
 4. Leeds Force 0-0 
 5. Leicester R. 0-0 
 6. London Lions 0-0 
 7. Manchester G. 0-0 
 8. Newcastle E. 0-0 
 9. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 10. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 11. Surrey S. 0-0 
 12. Worcester W. 0-0 
Last:8/9/2016
NBL D1 Standings
 1. Bradford D. 0-0 
 2. Derby T. 0-0 
 3. Essex L. 0-0 
 4. Hemel Storm 0-0 
 5. Lancashire S 0-0 
 6. Leicester W. 0-0 
 7. London Lituanica 0-0 
 8. Loughborough 0-0 
 9. Manchester M. 0-0 
 10. Northumbria 0-0 
 11. Reading R. 0-0 
 12. Solent K. 0-0 
 13. Westminster W. 0-0 
 14. Worthing T. 0-0 
Last:8/9/2016
NBL D2 Standings
 1. Derbyshire A. 0-0 
 2. Doncaster DE 0-0 
 3. Ipswich T. 0-0 
 4. Kent C. 0-0 
 5. Liverpool 0-0 
 6. London GP 0-0 
 7. London W. 0-0 
 8. Newham N. 0-0 
 9. Nottingham H. 0-0 
 10. Team Newcastle U. 0-0 
 11. Tees Valley M. 0-0 
 12. Thames Valley C. 0-0 
Last:8/9/2016
NBL D3 Standings
North
 1. Birmingham M. 0-0 
 2. Charnwood 0-0 
 3. Chester 0-0 
 4. Coventry T. 0-0 
 5. Gateshead P. 0-0 
 6. Mansfield G. 0-0 
 7. Myerscough 0-0 
 8. Sefton Stars 0-0 
 9. Sheffield S. 2 0-0 
 10. Stoke-on-Trent K. 0-0 
 11. Team Birmingham 0-0 
 12. Worcester W.2 0-0 
South
 1. Brunel 0-0 
 2. Cardiff MA 0-0 
 3. Eastside E. 0-0 
 4. Greenwich T. 0-0 
 5. London Utd 0-0 
 6. Middlesex LTBC 0-0 
 7. Northants T. 0-0 
 8. Oxford 0-0 
 9. Southwark P. 0-0 
 10. Sussex B. 0-0 
 11. Team Solent 0-0 
 12. Thames Valley C. 2 0-0 
Last:8/9/2016
Points Per Game
 Jordan WILLIAMS
  Guasave
  (198-G-)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Williams, Guasave22.3 
 2. Rochford, Cheshire.19.8 
 3. Corletto, Plymouth.19.4 
 4. Brooks, Sheffiel.18.3 
 5. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.3 
 6. Klassen, Leeds F.17.7 
 7. McFarland, Brist.17.6 
 8. Blackwell, Worcest.17.3 
 9. Ellis, Cheshire P.17.1 
 10. Robinson, Sheffie.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 T.J. ROBINSON
  Sheffiel.
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Robinson, Sheffiel.10.7 
 2. Watt, London Lions10.4 
 3. Edozie, Bristol AF10.3 
 4. Rochford, Cheshire.10.1 
 5. Dixon, Plymouth R.9.8 
 6. Blackwell, Worcest.8.5 
 7. Achara, Glasgow8.4 
 8. Marsden, Leeds F.8.3 
 9. Williams, Surrey S.8.2 
 10. Larkai, Manchest.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marek KLASSEN
  Leeds F.
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Klassen, Leeds F.8.1 
 2. Wilcher, Townsvil.6.6 
 3. Fletcher, Newcastl.5.6 
 4. Brooks, Sheffiel.4.9 
 5. McFarland, Brist.4.8 
 6. Jones, Manchest.4.8 
 7. Watson, Leiceste.4.6 
 8. Cook, Sheffield S.3.9 
 9. Corletto, Plymouth.3.9 
 10. Gillis, Glasgow R.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marek KLASSEN
  Leeds F.
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Klassen, Leeds F.2.3 
 2. Huffor, Cheshire P.2.1 
 3. Ross-Miller, Surre.2.0 
 4. Hogg, Sheffield S.1.6 
 5. Waller, Leeds F.1.6 
 6. Watson, Leiceste.1.6 
 7. Brooks, Sheffiel.1.6 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.1.6 
 9. Lewis, London L.1.5 
 10. Fletcher, Newcast.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cory DIXON
  Plymouth R.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dixon, Plymouth R.1.9 
 2. Wright, Leiceste.1.9 
 3. Achara, Glasgow1.8 
 4. Rochford, Cheshire.1.1 
 5. Edozie, Bristol AF1.1 
 6. Fullah, Surrey S.1.0 
 7. Webster, Manchest.1.0 
 8. Sturt, Plymouth R.1.0 
 9. Lee, Mt Gambier0.9 
 10. Martin, Newcastl.0.9 

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First Round Schedule
Leeds Force 50% Sep.25 Sheffield S
Leicester R 50% Sep.25 Worcester W
Plymouth R. 50% Sep.25 Surrey S.
Manchester G 50% Sep.25 Glasgow Rock
Cheshire P. 50% Sep.25 Newcastle E
Surrey S. 50% Sep.24 London Lions
Bristol AF 50% Sep.24 Plymouth R.
Sheffield S 50% Sep.23 Leicester R
Worcester W 50% Sep.23 Cheshire P.
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Northumbria 50% Oct.9 Essex L.
Loughborough 50% Oct.8 Solent K.
Manchester M 50% Oct.8 Westminster
Worthing T. 50% Oct.8 Leicester W
Lancashire S 50% Oct.8 London Litua
Hemel Storm 50% Oct.8 Reading R.
Derby T. 50% Oct.8 Bradford D.
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Achara Rocks The BBL - Oct 9, 2012


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JEFF KING
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Kieron
Achara
One of the biggest stories in the British Basketball League last weekend was The Glasgow Rocks. Not only did they have a brand new arena to play in, they also had arguably one of Scotland's finest ever basketball talents out on that brand new court.

Team GB Olympian Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) a man born in Stirling came home to make his BBL debut for Glasgow and add to the carnival atmosphere in front of 5,000 basketball fans last Sunday and whilst there was no dream ending for Rocks at the final buzzer, it was superb to see so many people there to witness the event.

The table-topping and defending BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles spoiled The Rocks party taking a 106 - 84 win after a stunningly spectacular final stanza performance. Going in to the final ten minutes Eagles led by one at 66 - 65 but simply exploded on the home side draining in 40 points in the final quarter to take a great road victory and ruin Achara's home coming.

Or did they? As despite the defeat Achara was in positive mood after a game that saw him contribute an impressive 18 pts and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

"It was nice being back playing in front of a home crowd. It was a phenomenal crowd tonight. I had to adapt to the game, it's a lot more physical than I'm used to and it's a little bit different. But it's great to be back in Britain and I just hope that I can stay a little bit longer and adapt to the league and hopefully get a win next time around."

Clearly the physicality and the standard surprised Achara a little bit more than he expected and as usual there's always that adaptability to the league and the referring to consider. He was though quick to praise his opponents on their win.

"It was a different type of physicality. I'm used to physical leagues but there was a lot more banging off the ball and a lot more missed things by the refs. I think they let it go a lot at times and allowed play to be a little bit rougher than what I'm used to. Newcastle were phenomenal tonight. They're a great team, very well coached and credit to them they deserved the victory."

It was interesting to hear that Achara was looking to stay a little bit longer at The Rocks and in The BBL as many had questioned whether he may be a one-game wonder or not want to hang around very long. That's not the opinion he expressed.

"I'd definitely like to stay a bit longer as I'm really enjoying being home. I hope the game can build in Britain and hopefully we can get a few more people interested in the sport. Credit to Glasgow for tonight, it was a great turn-out and Newcastle supporters travelled as well and it was great to see. I'm just hoping to be here as long as possible and hope to see the game continue to grow in this country."

But, has he had any other offers and does he see himself moving on anytime soon? Achara was very honest in his reply.

"I have had offers there's just nothing I've liked so far. I'm not in any rush. I'm getting a little bit older now so I don't want to be just jumping around anywhere. It's nice to be home as I said so I'm just going to take my time. Most likely I will be leaving at some point, I just don't know when."

Moving away from his BBL experience and taking him back to the summer what was his Olympic adventure like?

"You couldn't ask for more in front of a home crowd in London. It was great for the British public to actually experience some basketball at the highest level and it was a great measure of where GB need to be. There's some talent overseas, the likes of Spain, Brazil and others. The phenomenal guard talent the phenomenal talent all throughout their leagues."




"Its a credit to their domestic leagues that they've got their best players playing domestically and from a younger age. It starts at grassroots and I'm hoping that at some point in Britain we can mirror the Spanish way of coaching, getting the kids in at a younger age and really developing their skills."

A lot of people questioned whether Team GB had a good Olympics with only one win. But with the standard being so high and being up against the very top nations how did Achara think they coped?

"I personally think we under-achieved. I think our squad was a lot better than the one win we got. But again most of our players have played and honed their game in the States and so forth and not really come through the grass roots here."

"We haven't found the way to keep the players in the UK so I'm hoping that at some point we can develop the game a bit more, keep players at a younger age instead of them going to a University over in The States, try and let them find their own basketball style here in the UK and get them to stay."

Clearly Kieron Achara is a very level-headed and realistic young man who still has a big future in the game and continues to develop. He may not be around long in The BBL this season so catch him while you can.

However, its clear he has a passion for the game in Britain and if and when he does leave he'll keep the door open for a return to his roots and could still have a big part to play in the development of the game in The UK.
  




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