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)
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) tabbed British center Chris Tawiah (208-F). He just graduated from Wiley (NAIA). He recorded 7.3ppg, 9.3rpg, with FGP: 42.7% on 16 games. He had also impressive FT percentage at 80.0%. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-RRAC Honorable Mention. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Czech Republic [read more]
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (NBL) tabbed British center Chris Tawiah (208-F). He just graduated from Wiley (NAIA). He recorded 7.3ppg, 9.3rpg, with FGP: 42.7% on 16 games. He had also impressive FT percentage at 80.0%. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-RRAC Honorable Mention. As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
Colin O'Reilly (ex UCC Demons) takes over Cheshire Phoenix - 2 days ago
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Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) agreed terms with 32-year old Irish coach Colin O'Reilly. He has coached for the last three seasons at UCC Demons in Irish Premier League. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Coach of the Year. O'Reilly has been coaching Irish Senior National Team between 2015 and 2016 and coached also U18 National Team last year. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Unit... [read more]
Cheshire Phoenix (BBL) agreed terms with 32-year old Irish coach Colin O'Reilly. He has coached for the last three seasons at UCC Demons in Irish Premier League. He helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Coach of the Year. O'Reilly has been coaching Irish Senior National Team between 2015 and 2016 and coached also U18 National Team last year.
Ex-Plymouth Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love has landed a great opportunity in Luxembourg for the coming season having been appointed Head Coach at AB Contern. Love who coached The Raiders for three seasons in The BBL after nine years as a player is looking forward to the challenge. 'Last year I was coaching in Munich as Head Coach of the new DBA academy. It was a new project that I was helping to get off the ground and I was over there a number of times to recruit and run the camps.' 'It... [read more]
Ex-Plymouth Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love has landed a great opportunity in Luxembourg for the coming season having been appointed Head Coach at AB Contern. Love who coached The Raiders for three seasons in The BBL after nine years as a player is looking forward to the challenge.
'Last year I was coaching in Munich as Head Coach of the new DBA academy. It was a new project that I was helping to get off the ground and I was over there a number of times to recruit and run the camps.'
'It was a great place and the people were good to me but unfortunately the project had been delayed so I had to look for opportunities elsewhere. My agent contacted me and I spoke with the GM of Contern who was very professional and we had the deal completed quickly.'
Contern's Vice President, Francis Rollinger talked about what Love can bring to his Club and what they are hoping to achieve.
'We called Gavin Love to come to Luxembourg to follow our goals and to built a young strong team for the future, furthermore Gavin is responsible for the Espoir (U21) and Cadets (U18) teams to bring up as much players as possible into the men team and to make our players better every day.'
'AB Contern is one of the biggest basketball and sports club in Luxembourg, the men team won 4 championships and 3 cups, and the team is playing since 20 years in the first division, the Total League.'
'AB Contern is known for good youth players, and we looking forward to rebuilt another good team for the future. Our goals are to include young players from the club helping the men team to be again one of the best clubs in Luxembourg.'
'Contern is a small village with 1500 habitants, 450 of which who are involved in the club, coming from 15 different communes and 40 villages. Contern has the nicest gym in the country, is a very popular and traditional club, who is investing in the men and women team as well, followed by a big youth department.'
Clearly Love is going in to a situation where a lot is expected of him and the goals are high. But that will not faze a coach who's willing to take risks and has already had a successful and experience coaching in Europe with Denmark's Copenhagen Wolfpack.
' knew some players that had played in the Total League before and had good things to say about the level of the league, Contern and the country itself.'
'I will be arriving in Luxembourg early August for a six week pre-season, I have seen the facilities and they are very impressive, I believe Contern have the biggest arena in the league which holds around 2500 spectators. Contern has great support from the local community and sponsors together with having an outstanding reputation.'
Love himself has a pretty good reputation and is highly thought of as a coach. His previous GM at Copenhagen Tommy Nielsen had this to say about him.
'Gavin Love is a Players Coach, his mindset is set on winning by every means and that sets a impacts on players being poised for every game. His playing style is offensive minded and very spectator friendly.'
'He is well in communicating and appearance and goes well with sponsors and media. He fits an organization who is settle to win Championships . His flair for recruitment, quality network and roster arrangement can be used with success.'
Nice words and a good assessment of what Love hopes to bring to AB Contern and he advises that recruitment has already begun.
'A majority of the team has returned from last year which will give us a good level of continuity. We have signed Dylan Talley (196-G-89, college: Nebraska, agency: Octagon Europe) who has played in both the German BBL and Pro A. Dylan is a versatile guard who will to be a good addition to the team.'
'We also have a number of young players in the squad who will be looking to take that step to the next level. We are looking for a forward who will be the final import player to complete the roster.'
One of the obvious things that Love will do is look at the differences between The Total league and The BBL back in the UK although it's not something that he's in a position to judge just yet.
'I wouldn't be able to make any comparison to any league until the season begins. The first obvious thing that stands out is there are less import players and Bosmans than the BBL. The second is the genuine passion for developing the young talent which can only be a good thing for Luxembourg basketball.'
'My goals for the season is to enhance the team in all areas whilst maximising the potential of every player on the roster together with reaching the top six and the play-offs.'
It's going to be an interesting year for AB Contern and Gavin Love but one which should be an exciting one and an educational one for both parties. Certainly for Love it's another step forward and addition to an ever growing career CV.
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