Our line-up this week includes a certain player who has more than one reason to celebrate after lifting the BBL Cup.
BJ Holmes (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
The Sharks have been resurgent of late and BJ Holmes has played his part in this renaissance with some excellent displays during recent weeks with his latest effort earning him a place in our starting five. The guard produced an excellent night of work against Mersey Tigers, accumulating 16 points from five of seven floor shooting inside. He also weighed in with six assists and five rebounds to help Sharks continue their steady progress towards a potential play-off spot.
Yes, it was a memorable weekend for Jay Couisnard as the Riders man not only picked up a BBL Cup winners medal after guiding his team to their first piece of silverware for 12 years, he also scooped the MVP award with an excellent performance to take down Newcastle Eagles. Now he has a BBL Team of the Week slot to celebrate too after racking up a pivotal 17 points at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. He made four triples, grabbed four rebounds and mustered four assists and four steals.
The Rocks forward continues to be a big influence at the Emirates Arena and his latest display helped his team to shoot down Manchester Giants. Murray was in deadly form from behind the three-point line, sinking each of his attempts to finish with a perfect three from three from downtown. That helped him to accrue 17 points and he came within a whisker of completing a double-double. Only, it wasnt in points and rebounds. For the forward showed how his game has developed by coming up with a magnificent nine assists, as well as two blocked shots and a steal for good measure.
The best performance of the entire weekend could probably be pinned onto Jay Couisnard since he proved to be the match-winner in the BBL Cup Final. However statistically, it was Demetrius Jemison who came up with the most efficient and impressive performance valuation. Mersey Tigers simply couldnt contain him in the paint as he went off for eight of nine floor shooting whilst also managing to sink a perfect six of six from the free-throw line to rack up a 22 point haul. His all-action display was rounded off with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
It could always be argued that it is even more of an accomplishment for a player-coach to make our line-up with so much else to worry about on and off the floor. So, we encourage Sterling Davis to stand up and take a bow after claiming 22 points in the win against Giants. He converted with six of seven attempts at the hoop and was a constant thorn in the side of Manchester who sent him to the foul line no fewer than ten times. Davis also contributed five assists, three rebounds and two blocked shots.
Off The Bench Drew Sullivan (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Pavol Losonsky (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles), Tayo Ogedengbe (London Lions), Adrien Sturt (London Lions), Jerome Gumbs (Cheshire Jets), Alif Bland (Cheshire Phoenix)
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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