UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders earned a hard-fought double-overtime 119-115 victory over Manchester Giants on Saturday evening after Giants twice forced extra periods in the closing seconds, first through a pair of freethrows scored by Ben Eaves (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Rhode Island) in the final quarter and then with a putback made by Devan Bailey at the end of the first period of overtime. The win sees Raiders remain fourth in the BBL Championship table with 24 points from 17 games, two points behind Surrey Heat in third. Giants meanwhile slip to tenth spot with 14 points from 21 games, level on points with One Health Sharks Sheffield and London Lions just above them, but having played three more games than Sharks and one more than Lions.
Raiders' Javarris Barnett (200-G-89, college: Charlotte) led all scorers with 30 points, also pulling down 11 rebounds and finishing with 9 assists. Matt Schneck scored 27 points and had 8 rebounds, while Drew Lasker finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Colin O'Reilly had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Rod Brown also had a double-double, scoring 10 points and had 14 assists for Raiders on his debut, also finishing with 5 steals. Stefan Gill led the Giants' scorers with 28 points including a perfect 8/8 freethrows, while Nick George scored 27 points. David Watts had a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The game featured a tight opening with neither side was able to build a lead of more than 2 points as Raiders' Javarris Barnett and Giants' Nick George both scored 9 points in a spell that left Giants up 16-15 mid-way through the quarter. Matt Schneck's dunk then started the Raiders rolling on an 8-0 run, with new Raiders signing Rod Brown assisting on two of their field goals and scoring the other two to put them up 23-16.
But the Giants hit back, scoring the final 6 points of the quarter to spark a 28-12 run, with Stefan Gill scoring 12 points for them in the run, to put Giants ahead 44-35 with about 4 minutes to go in the quarter. Raiders fought back however, going on a 14-4 run that featured 3-points from Rod Brown and Colin O'Reilly and 6 points scored by Matt Schneck before Drew Lasker put them ahead 51-50 early in the third period. Giants however prevented them from pulling out any further ahead, keeping the game close until they went on a 7-0 mini-run near the end of the quarter, putting them up 74-67.
But Raiders hit back, Drew Lasker scoring the final 3 points off the quarter as they started putting together a 22-7 run of their own to take an 89-81 lead after Barnett assisted on a basket scored by Jamal Williams with 4:15 remaining. That assist was Barnett's fourth in the run, while Williams had 9 points and a block in the run and Rod Brown had 3 assists in the run. A pair of freethrows and a 3-pointer from Nick George along with 2 field goals scored by Ben Eaves saw the Giants fight their way back into the contest, taking the Raiders lead down to just 92-90 with 93 seconds to play.
Barnett scored a 3-pointer to make the Raiders lead 95-90 but Nick George hit right back for the Giants with a trey of his own before Barnett missed a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play. Gill claimed the rebound for the Giants and on the resulting possession, Matt Schneck fouled Eaves, sending him to the line with just seconds to play. Eaves sank both freethrows, tying the game at 95-95 and forcing overtime.
Overtime started with Rod Brown assisting on a Schneck freethrow before Lasker assisted on a trey scored by Barnett and a basket scored by O'Reilly, while tough Raiders defence stopped Giants making their first four shots of overtime. That put Raiders up 101-95. Giants then hit back, Eaves and Gill both sinking a pair of freethrows before Nick George made an 'and-one' play, putting the Giants back in front 102-101 with 87 seconds left.
Lasker assisted on a basket scored by Williams that put Raiders back in front 103-102. Gill missed the go-ahead basket for the Giants, but they were then able to force a Raiders shot-clock violation to get the ball back with 25 seconds to play. However, Schneck intercepted a pass by Nick George and forced Eaves to use up his final foul sending Scheck to the freethrow line. He made 1/2 attempts, putting Raiders up 104-102 and leaving Giants with 15 seconds to keep their chances alive. Nick George missed his attempt to tie the game up, but Devan Bailey grabbed the rebound and made the putback, scoring his first points of the game and tying the game up at 104-104, forcing a second period of overtime.
Raiders started the sixth stanza well, Schneck scoring 6 points as they went on an 11-4 mini-run and took a 115-108 lead with 1:41 to play. Bailey reduced that lead back down to 5 points but Schneck sank his fifth and sixth freethrows of the period to make it 117-110 with 1:07 left. David Watts made a putback off James Jones' missed trey for the Giants and after Schneck missed a shot, he fouled Stefan Gill. Gill sank both freethrows, reducing the Raiders lead to just 117-114 with 31 seconds left. After Jamal Williams missed a trey for Raiders, Drew Lasker grabbed the rebound and made a putback, putting Raiders ahead 119-114 with just 8 seconds to play. Lasker then fouled Bailey, who sank his first freethrow then missed his second. That allowed James Jones to grab the rebound for the Giants and attempt a 3-pointer, but he missed that and the Raiders ran out 119-115 winners.
Surrey Scorchers moved into the Play-Off places after a blistering display in front of the BBC Sport cameras on Friday. Creon Raftopoulos' side torched Plymouth Raiders in the second half en route to a 99-75 victory behind 25 points from Quincy Taylor(183-PG-91, college: Longwood). "It was one of those special nights and I'm glad we were able to perform," Surrey's head coach commented post-game. "I think we showed four quarters of maturity and it was great to come out quick in the thir... [read more]
Surrey Scorchers moved into the Play-Off places after a blistering display in front of the BBC Sport cameras on Friday.
Creon Raftopoulos' side torched Plymouth Raiders in the second half en route to a 99-75 victory behind 25 points from Quincy Taylor (183-PG-91, college: Longwood).
"It was one of those special nights and I'm glad we were able to perform," Surrey's head coach commented post-game.
"I think we showed four quarters of maturity and it was great to come out quick in the third.
"We took a gamble on Quincy late in the half as he had two fouls, but made a really big play and that gave us a lift going into the locker-room."
Plymouth bounced back on Sunday as they came from 12 points down in the fourth to beat Cheshire Phoenix 110-116 in double overtime.
Earl Brown had a season-high 43 points as he and Mike DiNunno combined for 74 in the loss with Cory Dixon leading the victors with 25 points as four Raiders hit 20+.
Meanwhile, Leicester Riders extended their lead at the top with back-to-back victories over Manchester Giants with a 98-73 home success followed by a 73-99 road victory.
Scott Martin exploded for 41 points to help Esh Group Eagles Newcastle keep up the pressure on the leaders with a 108-94 victory over Bristol Flyers.
Glasgow Rocks were victorious at the Emirates Arena as they saw off Cheshire Phoenix 95-82, while DBL Sharks Sheffield complete the top four after edging past rivals, Leeds Force 58-62 away from home.
Worcester Wolves were another team to overturn a double-digit deficit as they recovered from a slow start to beat London Lions 99-91 with 16 made 3-pointers helping them to the win.
"It was a good win against London," declared Danny Huffor. "The first half was back and forward, but in the second half we found our rhythm, got some stops which helped our offence.
"Our ball movement was good as it opened up driving lanes that also created open shots as well."
Leicester Riders extended their lead at the top of the BBL Championship, while there were dramatic road wins for DBL Sharks Sheffield and Plymouth Raiders. Rob Paternostro's Riders secured a 73-99 win away at Manchester Giants with Pierre Hampton(201-F-91, agency: Interperformances) netting 20 points for the league leaders. Plymouth came from 12 points down in the fourth before eventually beating Cheshire Phoenix 110-116 in double overtime, despite 43 points from Earl Brown. Finally, t... [read more]
Leicester Riders extended their lead at the top of the BBL Championship, while there were dramatic road wins for DBL Sharks Sheffield and Plymouth Raiders.
Rob Paternostro's Riders secured a 73-99 win away at Manchester Giants with Pierre Hampton (201-F-91, agency: Interperformances) netting 20 points for the league leaders.
Plymouth came from 12 points down in the fourth before eventually beating Cheshire Phoenix 110-116 in double overtime, despite 43 points from Earl Brown.
Finally, the Sharks held on late on to earn a 58-62 success over their Yorkshire rivals, Leeds Force.
DBL Sharks Sheffield held their nerve down the stretch as they closed out a 58-62 victory on the road against Yorkshire rivals, Leeds Force.
The season head-to-head was split with the home side winning convincly on both previous meetings, but this encounter would go right down to the wire.
Tony Wroblicky and Malcolm Riley both top scored for the Sharks with 16 points apiece as four players reached double figures, including Jordan Davis, who contributed an all-round effort of 10 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
The visitors started brightly with a 2-9 opening before Leeds settled with a 7-0 response. Sheffield edged ahead and began to further their advantage in the second as they built an eight-point gap by half-time.
There was no change to the margin heading into the final quarter after a 14-14 third period with the Sharks still in control.
Sheffield led 49-58 inside the last three minutes, but a 9-1 burst saw the home side make it a one-point game.
Robert Sandoval top scored with a game-high 20 points, but he fouled out and Rashawn Rembert sank the game-clinching free throws to secure the win for the Sharks.
Maia Basket inks Michael Creppy, ex Manchester G. - 1 day ago
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Maia Basket Clube (LPB) agreed terms with 31-year old American (has also British passport) guard Michael Creppy (190-86, college: Cal-Riverside). He started the season at Manchester Giants in British BBL league. In four games he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg this season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Creppy's team made it to the BBL Trophy Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted USBasket.com UBA All-Imports Team back in 2011. Creppy is quite experie... [read more]
Maia Basket Clube (LPB) agreed terms with 31-year old American (has also British passport) guard Michael Creppy (190-86, college: Cal-Riverside). He started the season at Manchester Giants in British BBL league. In four games he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg this season. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Creppy's team made it to the BBL Trophy Semifinals in 2014. He was also voted USBasket.com UBA All-Imports Team back in 2011. Creppy is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Denmark (Naestved), Germany (BBC Magdeburg), Greece (Ilysiakos), Spain (McDonald's) and United Kingdom (Cheshire Phoenix and Worcester Wolves). Creppy attended University of California, Riverside until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.
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