-year old center Alif Bland (203-C) had a great game in the last round for Cheshire Jets and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9. He had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Mersey Tigers (#12, 0-7), the league's bottom-ranked team 79-73. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Cheshire Jets maintains the 10th position in British league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just two victories. Bland turned to be Cheshire Jets' top player in his first season with the team. Roberts Wesleyan College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bland is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.2rpg) and averages solid 2.7bpg and 52.5% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Andrew Lasker (188-PG-82) of Plymouth R.. He is American guard in his first season at Plymouth R.. In the last game Lasker recorded impressive 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Plymouth R. to edge slightly lower-ranked Manchester G. (#7, 3-5) by 3 points 86-83. Plymouth R.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Lasker is a newcomer at Plymouth R. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.
Third place about best performers goes to another Plymouth R.'s star - center Matt Schneck (203-C-88). Schneck scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Plymouth R., helping his team with a 86-83 win against slightly lower-ranked Manchester G. (#7, 3-5). Plymouth R. is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Schneck has a great season in United Kingdom. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Andrew Keister (205-F-88) of Durham W. - 10 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80) of Worcester W. - 26 points and 9 rebounds 6. Michael Ojo (195-G-89) of Plymouth R. - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Mike Baldarelli (193-F/G-89) of Durham W. - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Sterling Davis (200-F-77) of Glasgow Rocks - 20 points and 7 rebounds 9. Chez Marks (191-G-80) of Cheshire Jets - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 10. Ralph Bucci (193-G-75) of Durham W. - 9 points and 9 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Townsville Heat adds Anderson to their roster, ex Cheshire P. - 1 day ago
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Townsville Heat (QBL) added to their roster 27-year old British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Anderson played at Leicester Riders (also in BBL) where in 34 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career... [read more]
Townsville Heat (QBL) added to their roster 27-year old British forward Jamell Anderson (200-90). He just played at Cheshire Phoenix in British BBL league. In 33 games he recorded 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg this season. The last season Anderson played at Leicester Riders (also in BBL) where in 34 games he averaged 6.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Defensive Team. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won British BBL Cup for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). He represented United Kingdom at the 3x3 World Championships in Greece five years ago. Anderson has played also professionally for other British teams like Nottingham Tribe and Essex Pirates.
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs! Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a ma... [read more]
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs!
Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a massive 36 points in just 22 minutes, after sinking a sizzling eight scores from beyond the three-point line. He also had three rebounds, three assists and not a single turnover during his time on court.
Callum Jones (193-G-85, college: Pace) (Manchester Giants) They may have finished propping up the table, but there was at least a smile of sorts heading into the summer for Giants as they ended their participation with an exciting home win against Plymouth Raiders. That was largely down to a magnificent effort from Jones, as he led his team to victory with a quite brilliant line. The guard finished with a majestic double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds, while adding seven assists for good measure.
Earl Brown (Cheshire Phoenix) Finishing the season with a flourish and arguably the most consistent performer throughout a campaign of changes for Phoenix, Brown was in scintillating form against Leeds. While his team-mate DiNunno excelled in the backcourt, the forward scythed down Force by registering a huge double-double. He did the business in the paint with an astonishing 84% from the field for 28 points and also added 14 boards and five steals.
Leslee Smith (Bristol Flyers) Despite their worrying start to the season, Flyers find themselves in the Play-Offs after a weekend win double which catapulted them into seventh place. It was imperative Flyers got off to a positive start in their double-header and Smith brought the noise in a big way against Manchester. He was sensational and very much the difference-maker in a hard-fought victory against Giants with a monumental 19-point and 21-rebound double-double to delight the locals.
Tony Wroblicky (DBL Sharks Sheffield) The Sharks are now looking to defend the BBL Play-Off title they famously won at The 02 in London last May and if they manage to do it, you can expect Wroblicky to have a big hand in it. He was on fire for Sharks as they ended Worcester's record winning streak by beating them on the road and in front of the BBC Sport cameras. He weighed in with an outstanding double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, also not spilling the ball once in 30 minutes on the hardwood.
Off the Bench - Rashad Hassan (London Lions), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Jermaine Sanders (Leeds Force), Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Hameed Ali (Bristol Flyers), Chaz Rollins (Surrey Scorchers), Rob Marsden (Leeds Force).
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