Its a BBL Team Of The Week debut for Cheshire Phoenix guard Gabe Haskins (178-G, college: Huston-Tillotson) after he produced one of his best displays of the season in the north-west derby clash against Mersey Tigers. He harvested 21 points in the game as the Phoenix followed up their off-court celebration last week with some cheer on the court, against their local rivals. The guard missed just one shot inside, drained three triples and completed an impressive evening of work by also adding five rebounds, four assists and three steals which helped the club maintain a play-off position.
It was a great individual weekend for Donald Robinson (193-F, college: W.Virginia Tech) who grabs his first place in our line-up, after two excellent performances He racked up a game high 26 points against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders at the Emirates Arena, although it wasnt enough to ensure a win. However, 48 hours earlier, another vibrant display by Robinson was enough to help Rocks clinch a hard fought win at Manchester Giants and ensure a debut BBL Team Of The Week slot. He helped to hold off a strong finish by the Giants with an excellent 25 points, six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal.
The forward loves playing against Durham Wildcats and having tormented them with a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds when the teams met earlier in the season, he tortured them again with another MVP performance as the Sharks claimed their third league win of the campaign. Tuck accumulated a massive 27 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added four assists and two steals at Newton Aycliffe. Tuck was just too hot to handle inside, making an impressive 10 of 14 under the hoop.
Its a deserved first, and long overdue appearance for the forward who has been in great form over the past month or so. However, his debut spot in our line-up will arguably taste more bitter than sweet, since it did come as required, via a victory, but the win against Newcastle wasnt enough to avoid being dumped out of the BBL Cup over the two-legged semi-final. Still, Schneck came so very close to being the star act of an incredible success by Raiders as they overturned a 17 point first-leg deficit but in the end, it just wasnt to be. He finished with a brilliant valuation score of 32 after chalking up a stellar double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds.
The Cheshire Phoenix centre is growing in stature as each month unfolds, and this is underlined by the fact that Bland secures his third appearance in the space of just five weeks which unsurprisingly, has coincided with an upturn in fortune for his team. Bland was powerless to prevent Newcastle Eagles from ending the winning home run of Cheshire, but he did put Mersey Tigers to the sword with 22 points thanks to a stunning 80% floor shooting display. He also corralled eight rebounds and showed why he is the leading shot blocker in the league with three monstrous blocks.
Off The Bench Kareem Maddox (Newcastle Eagles), Anthony Rowe (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Jay Couisnard (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Chavis Holmes (Surrey Heat) Drew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats)
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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