#1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-28) crushing them 118-92 in the NBA in Monday night's game.
Deng scored 19 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 4 balls in 38 minutes on the court.
The Chicago Bulls have 19-13 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
It's Deng's ninth year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Deng averages: 17.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 82.4% in the 32 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese.
Deng is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (9-24) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gordon's very good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were edged 106-104 on the road by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was the top scorer with 27 points. Gordon also added 4 assists.
This season Gordon has very high stats. He averages: 13.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 86.0%.
Gordon is a naturalized American.
He is in the roster of the British senior national team. Strangely Gordon has never played in United Kingdom.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-15) in their last game. Despite Cunningham's good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 97-102 in Portland to the Trail Blazers.
He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Cunningham also added 3 blocks in 42 minutes.
It's Cunningham's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 7.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 46.5% and FT: 63.3% in the 31 games.
Cunningham is a naturalized American.
He played for the British national team five years ago.
Apparently Cunningham has never played in United Kingdom.
#4. Forward Joel Freeland (208-87, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA was not able to secure a victory for the Portland Trail Blazers (19-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Portland Trail Blazers were crushed 102-79 in Toronto by the Raptors.
Freeland scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Freeland's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.3rpg.
He is also British national team player.
#5. International point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Charleston to a victory against the Furman University (0-2) 60-56 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Lawrence scored 13 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 35 minutes.
The College of Charleston has 2-0 conference record this season.
Lawrence is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Charleston's roster.
He belongs to league's best passers (ranked #4) and also on the list of most steals (third place).
Lawrence has very reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg in the 19 games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Forward Myles Hesson (195-90, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Weissenhorn Youngstars (8-5) in their game against Leitershofen (5-8) in the German ProB (third division). Despite his very good performance last Saturday Hesson was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds.
This season Hesson has very high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.4spg.
Hesson is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international power forward Alhaji Fullah (201-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Charleston So.'s victory against the Radford University (0-1) 81-74 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 10 points and blocked 3 shots in 26 minutes.
The Charleston Southern University has 1-0 conference record this season.
Fullah has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4bpg and 1.4spg in the 13 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
four years ago.
#8. Power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (8-8) in their game against Caja Laboral (13-3) in the Spanish ACB.
Clark recorded 7 points and blocked 2 shots.
Asefa Estudiantes was defeated 72-68 in Vitoria by the second-ranked Caja Laboral.
Clark has been at the team for four years.
His overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 2.6rpg.
Clark plays currently for the British national team.
#9. Former international forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-88, college: Le Moyne, currently plays in Italy) helped FCM Ferentino win their game against the closely-ranked Fileni BPA Jesi (5-8) 75-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ekperigin's third season in pro basketball. FMC Ferentino (4-9) is placed 13th in the Lega2.
Ekperigin is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 10.3rpg.
This year he also averages: 15.7ppg and 1.6spg in the 13 games.
Ekperigin is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
Interesting that Ekperigin has never played in United Kingdom.
#10. Power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) helped Okinawa GK win their game against the sixth-ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (12-12) crushing them 87-64 in the Japanese BJ League on Thursday night.
He recorded 14 points.
Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (19-3) is placed first in Western group.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Larkai's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg and 6.0rpg.
He is a former international player as five years ago he still played for the British senior national team.
#11. Former U20 international forward Will Neighbour (208-90, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the UALR in their game against the Troy University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game.
Neighbour scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes.
But his team was edged 67-64.
This year Neighbour's overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 6.0rpg in the 21 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
three years ago.
#12. U20 international swingman Joe Hart (194-93, currently plays in Canada) helped Lakehead University win their game against the Warriors crushing them 93-59 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday.
Hart scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists.
Hart's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg.
He is also in the roster of the British U20 national team.
#13. Former international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the Brigham Young University in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Hamilton's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg.
He used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#14. International center Eric Boateng (208-85, also represented by Interperformances, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms in their game against ALBA Berlin in the German BBL.
Boateng scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
His team was crushed by 22 points 80-58.
Boateng belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #6.
His total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 6.6rpg.
Boateng plays currently for the British national team.
#15. Former U20 international center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped UAB win their game against the Georgia Southern University 65-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 12 points in 33 minutes.
This year Alihodzic's total stats are: 9.4ppg and 6.6rpg in the 16 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1.Keith Rendleman (203-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the NC-Wilmington (0-1) in their last game. Despite Rendleman's good performance the NC-Wilmington lost 74-79 at home to the Towson University.
He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 21 rebounds. Rendleman also added 3 blocks and 4 steals in 38 minutes.
Rendleman has been at the team for four years.
This season his overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.3rpg in the 20 games he played so far.
#2.Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86, college: UMKC, currently plays in Sweden) led Norrkoping Dolphins to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (14-6) 80-65 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night.
Ayuba scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (14-1) is placed first in the Basketligan.
Ayuba is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Norrkoping Dolphins' roster.
This season he has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Ayuba is a naturalized American.
Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.
#3.Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a 3-point BG Goettingen's victory against the eighth-ranked Science City Jena (8-8) 88-85 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night.
Guede recorded 12 points and added 4 passes in 21 minutes.
BG Goettingen (13-3) is placed first in the ProA.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Guede's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 16 games.
#4.Daryl Corletto (193-G-81, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 2-point New Zealand Breakers' victory against the closely-ranked Wollongong Hawks (8-6) 78-76 in the Australian NBL last Saturday.
Corletto recorded 8 points in 21 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. New Zealand Breakers (12-3) are placed first in the NBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Corletto's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 1.2rpg in the 15 games.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.
Despite Corletto's British passport, he previously played for the Australian U22 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.
#5.Tommy Pereira (188-PG, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Rider (2-2) in their last game on Friday. Despite Pereira's good performance the Rider was defeated 71-65 on the road by the Loyola College.
He recorded 11 points.
Pereira has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 6.6rpg.
#6. Experienced Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Paul Guede and both played together in the last German ProA game.
Phillips managed to help BG Goettingen in a 3-point victoryagainst the eighth-ranked Science City Jena 88-85.
He recorded 5 points and added 5 passes in 32 minutes.
This year Phillips has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 4.1apg in the 16 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bermudas and British.
#7.Mike Helsby (195-G/F-89, currently plays in Canada), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS was not able to secure a victory for the Waterloo University (0-9) in their last game. Despite Helsby's good performance the Waterloo University (#8) was crushed 93-59 in Thunder Bay, ON by the Thunderwolves.
He scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes.
Helsby has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg in the seven games.
He has both British and Canadian nationalities.
#8.Teddy Okereafor (190-G-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the East Tennessee State University crushing them 109-58 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Okereafor scored 6 points and added 4 assists.
Okereafor has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg.
#9.Prince Ibeh (208-C-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Texas in their game against the Baylor University in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points and blocked 3 shots in 16 minutes.
His team lost in an overtime 79-86.
Ibeh has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg in the seven games.
#10.Mikey Manghum (188-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to ORU's victory against the Nicholls State University 76-63 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored only 3 points.
Manghum has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg.
There's a debutante in our line-up this week and only the second player this season to collect four starting appearances. Zaire Taylor (London Lions) That accolade goes to the former BBL MVP after the playmaker collected his fourth spot in our fantastic five off the back of leading Lions to a hard-fought home win against Glasgow Rocks. Taylor lit it up at the Copper Box with an all-around effort, after dropping a fine 28 points and wrapping up a terrific line with seven assists and six r... [read more]
There's a debutante in our line-up this week and only the second player this season to collect four starting appearances.
Zaire Taylor (London Lions) That accolade goes to the former BBL MVP after the playmaker collected his fourth spot in our fantastic five off the back of leading Lions to a hard-fought home win against Glasgow Rocks. Taylor lit it up at the Copper Box with an all-around effort, after dropping a fine 28 points and wrapping up a terrific line with seven assists and six rebounds.
Daryl Corletto (Plymouth Raiders) It was a fruitful weekend for Raiders as they punched a ticket to the BBL Trophy Semi-Finals, while also coming out on top in a thrilling south-west derby. Corletto inked his third starting slot off the back of a sparkling perimeter display as he torched Bristol Flyers with seven triples. He eventually finished with 29 points, as well as registering six assists and four boards.
Pierre Hampton (Leicester Riders) Making his debut appearance during Week 15, the Riders' forward hangs onto his starting place after continuing his rich vein of form in the match-up with Cheshire Phoenix. Hampton finished with 18 points in a smart shooting effort, which saw him make all five shots inside. He also did plenty of work on the glass and just missed out on a double-double by a single rebound.
Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) (Glasgow Rocks) The Great Britain star is back firing on all cylinders as he drove Rocks past the visiting Manchester Giants. Achara proved unstoppable as he went a jaw-dropping 10 of 11 from the floor in one of the best shooting performances of the season and the best of the week. His 24 points were accompanied by eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Maurice Walker (Worcester Wolves) It was a magnificent few days for Wolves as they showed their potential for the remainder of the campaign with outstanding road wins at Eagles and Lions. Walker takes his debut appearance in our line-up thanks to a truly towering display in the capital. He corralled 26 points after making a stellar 11 of 14 at the hoop against Lions, while also harvesting eight rebounds, two assists and a block.
Off The Bench - Peter Hooley (Plymouth Raiders), Marek Klassen (Worcester Wolves), Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Jack Isenbarger (Leeds Force), Quincy Taylor (Surrey Scorchers), Brandon Boggs (Bristol Flyers), Anton Grady (Plymouth Raiders).
Malcolm Smith inspired Team Northumbria claim National Cup glory - 1 day ago
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An MVP performance by Team Northumbria's Malcolm Smith was more than enough to see the North East side over the line against Team Solent Kestrels 73-56. Delighting the crowd with a stellar performance, the American showed a complete skill set from the perimeter as well as in the paint to finish with a 32 point, 15 point rebound double-double. Blayne Freckleton (188-G) added 17 in support, including 3/4 from deep, and Stewart and Champion had 8. Jorge Ebanks (185-G-86) led Solent in reply,... [read more]
An MVP performance by Team Northumbria's Malcolm Smith was more than enough to see the North East side over the line against Team Solent Kestrels 73-56. Delighting the crowd with a stellar performance, the American showed a complete skill set from the perimeter as well as in the paint to finish with a 32 point, 15 point rebound double-double. Blayne Freckleton (188-G) added 17 in support, including 3/4 from deep, and Stewart and Champion had 8. Jorge Ebanks (185-G-86) led Solent in reply, but his 18 points were never going to be enough to keep up with Smith and Northumbria. American stand-out Marquis Mathis (200-F-89, college: W.Florida) was quiet with 11 points and was one of multiple Kestrels that struggled from the floor. All tied up at 13-13 after the 1st, Northumbria used a solid 22-7 2nd quarter to stretch out to a significant lead they would never relinquish. The advantage reached double digits before the half was out and only briefly dropped below 10 late in the 3rd. When speaking after the game, Head Coach Marc Steutel needed just 1 word to sum up his feelings 'Proud. I have such a hard-working group of people, they are just good quality people, the way they commit every single day and I'm proud and happy for them. They deserve this.' Steutel was correct in his assertion as well, after his side's exploits in the 2nd quarter they were well worth their victory. The game started evenly though with both teams feeling each other out before Jorge Ebanks started to put his stamp on proceedings. Doing well to work his way into the key, the former BBL guard took contact as he put the ball in from close before making no mistake with the and 1. It would prove to be a strong opening 10 minutes for Ebanks as he finished the quarter having scored 11 of Solent's first 13 points. Fortunately for Northumbria, a Freckleton triple and a lovely low post fade away from Jack Preston helped keep the scores tied at 13 after 1. The 2nd quarter was where the game was decided. Good work down low from Marquis Mathis gave the first 2 points of the quarter to the Kestrels but after that Northumbria took control thanks largely to Smith. Using multiple offensive rebounds to spark their scoring, Northumbria pulled off a 10-0 run including 6 from the American forward. Louie Kirkman (193-G-91) stopped the drought for Solent but Smith had an instant reply, sinking a smooth mid-range jumper to ensure that his side kept their lead exactly where it was. Collecting his 5th offensive rebound in the game before another close range finish, Smith's continued efforts saw the score move to 31-18. The rebound gave the MVP a double-double in the contest before 17 minutes had been played. With just enough time left to draw up a slick inbounds play, the North East side scored the final points of the half and went into the break up 35-20. With Smith upping his game, Ebanks had done the opposite as he was kept out of the scoring for the entire quarter. Without his input and with Mathis being tightly guarded, Solent's offence had dried up. Coming out of the break, the questions for the Kestrels revolved around how to slow down Smith, and how they could generate consistent offence. The 3rd started badly as Mathis was immediately called for an offensive charge but that didn't deter the side from making a run at getting back into the game. Going on an 8-3 streak led by point guard Caylin Raftopolous, the lead got down to 10 as both sides then began to trade buckets. Kept quiet for a bit too long, it was time once again for Smith to have his say, driving and finishing under contact once more before dispatching the foul shot. Unwilling to buckle, Solent answered right back with good low post work from Mathis to score before dropping an and-1 of his own. With the lead beginning to shrink, the vocal Kestral supporters did everything they could to get behind their side. That soon ceased though as Blayne Freckleton landed a deep 3 from the top of the arc for Northumbria before a beautiful assist by Lewis Champion left Siman Stewart all alone next to the basket to put the lead right back at 15. Unwilling to let their efforts go to waste, Louie Kirkman grabbed offensive boards from misses by Ebanks on back to back plays and after a further stop and a score the Kestrels had the lead back to single digits. That was as close as things would get though, Northumbria added 2 more to leave the score at 55-44 with 10 minutes to go. As the quarter began, Ebanks was doing everything he could to fire up his team mates but it wasn't to be. Needing to get the period off to a hot start, it was Northumbria who started the brighter of the two as Freckleton once again popped up with a deep ball. He added a further long range 2 before Smith added 2 more and a 7-0 run had seen the game put beyond doubt. After that tempers began to fray and Solent's Peter Zagarov was shown to the bench after his 5th foul. Unfazed, Smith produced a commanding block with 3:45 left in the quarter, providing a vivid representation that the game well and truly belonged to Northumbria. The new champions had just proven too much for the Kestrels on a day when little had gone right for the club across the 2 games. Courtesy of: basketballengland.co.uk
Glasgow Rocks and Worcester Wolves secured league wins on Sunday, while Plymouth Raiders advanced to the BBL Trophy Semi-Finals. Worcester followed up their impressive win at Newcastle with a strong 71-100 success on the road against London Lions for a memorable double-winning weekend. The Raiders saw off the challenge of NBL Division 1 side Essex Leopards as Peter Hooley(193-G-92, college: Albany) poured in 33 points in the 64-93 triumph in the Last Eight. Meanwhile, Kieron Achara hel... [read more]
Glasgow Rocks and Worcester Wolves secured league wins on Sunday, while Plymouth Raiders advanced to the BBL Trophy Semi-Finals.
Worcester followed up their impressive win at Newcastle with a strong 71-100 success on the road against London Lions for a memorable double-winning weekend.
The Raiders saw off the challenge of NBL Division 1 side Essex Leopards as Peter Hooley (193-G-92, college: Albany) poured in 33 points in the 64-93 triumph in the Last Eight.
Meanwhile, Kieron Achara helped lead Glasgow to their third win over Manchester Giants this season with 24 points in a 91-73 victory.
Worcester Wolves completed a great weekend on the road after recording a convincing 71-100 victory away at London Lions on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides were victorious on Friday leading into this encounter, but it's Paul James' side celebrating a double-winning weekend as they follow up an impressive win at Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
Maurice Walker dominated inside for 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds, while Marek Klassen added 23 points and seven assists with Jermel Kennedy contributing a double-double.
The Lions began brightly and led by as many as seven points before being pegged back for the visitors with eight points from Ashton Khan helping his side into a slender half-time advantage.
Just as they did on Friday, Worcester poured in 30 points in a pivotal third period before stretching away for their seventh league victory. London led 50-48 early in the third before being blown away with a dominant 22-0 run from the Wolves over a devastating five-minute spell.
Klassen netted a triple to start the fourth as Worcester continued to build on their 20-point advantage and wrapped up another victory by reaching the century mark with the final score of the game.
Navid Niktash led the Lions with 22 points as they drop to a 10-5 record, although they still have games in hand over Plymouth and Sheffield, who are also on 20 points.
BBL Championship Glasgow Rocks 91 (29,56,71) (Achara 24, Thomas 16, Watson 13) Manchester Giants 73 (16,41,60) (Toluwase 16, Bell/Jones 13)
Glasgow Rocks bounced back from two key defeats in their last two games by beating Manchester Giants 91-73 in their return to the Emirates Arena.
Sterling Davis' side were beaten by London Lions on Friday on the back of last week's Cup Final loss, but they responded to improve to 11-4.
Kieron Achara led the way with a 24-point haul with Lewis Thomas and Neil Watson adding 16 and 13 points respectively.
The Rocks set the tone early and quickly established a double-digit advantage at 16-6 in the opening period. The gap hit 19 points in the second as Achara scored all of his side's points in an 8-0 burst.
Manchester responded with a 10-2 run, but would still find themselves trailing by 15 at the half-time break. Glasgow's advantage reached 20 points midway through the third but another rally from the Giants raised hopes of a comeback by cutting the lead down to 11 with a strong close.
A triple to start the fourth made further inroads into the deficit, but that was as close as they would come with Glasgow quickly doubling their lead as they proceeded to close out the win.
Manchester remain three wins off of the Play-Offs with their 3-15 record as a result of nine straight defeats.Championship
Plymouth Raiders become the first team to reach the Semi-Finals of the BBL Trophy after comfortably beating Essex Leopards 64-93 on the road.
The NBL Division 1 side upset Manchester Giants in the opening round, but were swept aside by the Raiders, who rested Daryl Corletto and Donte Nicholas.
Peter Hooley drained nine triples in a 33-point haul, while Anton Grady added 24 points and 13 rebounds as Plymouth advance to a Last Four showdown with either Surrey Scorchers or Worcester Wolves.
The Leopards were only down a single point at the end of the first after an even start, but Plymouth made their move in the second and opened up a 10-point gap at the half.
The points flooded in during the third period as the Raiders almost doubled their half-time tally in 10 minutes after racking up 38 to storm clear. Hooley scored 19 of his 33 points in the third with the visitors netting a total of eight triples in the period to lead by 27 ahead of the fourth.
The damage had been done and the Raiders were able to see out a comfortable victory to progress to a two-legged Semi-Final clash with either Surrey Scorchers or Worcester Wolves.
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