Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have re-gained a share of the BBL Championship table top spot with an 88-58 victory over Surrey Heat. They led for most of the game, leading 13-3 with 6 minutes played though Heat managed to briefly take the lead in the second quarter. A 10-2 run put Riders ahead 34-27 in the second and they extended that to 41-33 at half-time, before going on a 14-3 run that left them ahead 62-45 late in the third. They further extended that lead with a dominant fourth quarter spell including a 24-6 run to take the win.
Riders' Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia) led all scorers with 18 points and also had 9 rebounds while Jorge Calvo set personal season highs in assists and steals with 12 assists and 6 steals. Drew Sullivan had 8 rebounds and 7 assists. For Heat, Julius Joseph led their scorers with 15 points.
The closest game of the night saw Worcester Wolves claim a 98-91 victory over Durham Wildcats. Some great 3-point shooting saw Wildcats lead 24-18 in the first quarter and they further extended their lead out to 48-36 by half-time. Wolves' Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) made back-to-back treys to reduce the lead further to 59-57 but Wildcats pulled back ahead. However, the Wolves then found their shooting touch, not missing a shot as they scored the final 6 points of the third quarter and the first thirteen of the final stanza. Those nineteen unanswered points put them up 76-66 and despite a late comeback effort, Wildcats couldn't make up the difference and Wolves finished 98-91 winners.
Wolves' Alex Owumi jointly led all scorers with 22 points and had 7 rebounds while Stanley Ocitti had 19 points and 9 rebounds and Arturas Madiulis scored 17 and had 10 rebounds to complete a double-double. Arnas Kazlauskas scored 16 points, making 5/6 field goal attempts including 3/4 3-point attempts. For Wildcats, Ralph Bucci scored 22 points and Andrew Keister has 10 assists, 9 points and 8 rebounds. The teams made 13 3-point attempts each, with Wildcats shooting 48% and Wolves shooting 42%.
The afternoon's other game took place at the Emirates Arena where Glasgow Rocks beat One Health Sharks Sheffield 85-65. After a close opening 15 minutes that saw 10 lead changes, Rocks went on a 24-5 run that put them up 54-36 with 3 minutes of the quarter played and that proved to be decisive as the Sharks struggled to cut into the Rocks lead for the rest of the game, with the Rocks extending their lead to as much as 22 points.
Rocks' Mike Ringgold led all scorers with 18 points, making 9/10 field goal attempts, and also had 10 rebounds. His teammate Andrew Wedemire also had 10 rebounds as well as 3 steals. Brice Fantazia finished with 17 points, including 9 from long range and 8 assists. For Sharks, their scorers were led by Micah Williams with 16 points, while BJ Holmes scored 13.
The results see Riders join Newcastle Eagles as joint leaders of the BBL Championship with 30 points from 17 games. Heat remain third with 26 points from 18 games but UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders, who are two points behind, now have a game in hand. Rocks remain fifth thanks to their victory with 22 points from 19 games, while Wolves are just behind them with 20 points and a game in hand. Sharks remain in eighth position, the final BBL Playoffs spot, just ahead of London Lions and Manchester Giants who have the same number of points but have played more games. Wildcats loss sees them remain eleventh with a 5-13 record.
The BBL Play-Offs got underway in dramatic fashion on Friday night including a rare draw. Surrey Scorchers earned a 73-73 draw with Leicester Riders as Gabe McCray connected with a three at the buzzer to leave the tie evenly poised. Meanwhile, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle defeated Bristol Flyers 94-97 away from home as Hameed Ali netted 30 points to lead a Flyers comeback from 33 points down. London Lions beat Glasgow Rocks 91-70 after overturning a half-time deficit, while Worcester Wol... [read more]
The BBL Play-Offs got underway in dramatic fashion on Friday night including a rare draw.
Surrey Scorchers earned a 73-73 draw with Leicester Riders as Gabe McCray connected with a three at the buzzer to leave the tie evenly poised.
Meanwhile, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle defeated Bristol Flyers 94-97 away from home as Hameed Ali netted 30 points to lead a Flyers comeback from 33 points down.
London Lions beat Glasgow Rocks 91-70 after overturning a half-time deficit, while Worcester Wolves edged past DBL Sharks Sheffield 71-73 on the road with 25 points from Danny Huffor.
Worcester Wolves will take a slender advantage back home after recording a 71-73 victory on the road at DBL Sharks Sheffield.
The Sharks battled back from 17 points down to tie the game in the final minute, but a pair of free throws from Danny Huffor proved the difference.
Huffor ended up with a game-high 25 points in the win with Trevor Setty the only other player in double figures for the Wolves with 15 points.
An 8-2 close gave the Wolves an eight-point lead after 10 minutes and they pushed further clear in the second to open up a 14-point advantage at half-time.
Sheffield began to eat away at the deficit in the third with a 21-15 quarter and tied the game at 61 on a three from Rashawn Rembert.
The game would be level again at 71 with 90 seconds remaining before Huffor sealed the win for the visitors to take a two-point lead back to the University of Worcester Arena.
Rembert had a team-high 20 points for the Sharks with Mike Tuck adding 15 points in the defeat.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, First Leg Surrey Scorchers 73 (12,32,52) (Ogedengbe 22, Taylor 11, McCray 10) Leicester Riders 73 (13,31,50) (Clark 21, King 13, Hampton 12)
Gabe McCray's heroics at the buzzer salvaged a 73-73 draw for Surrey Scorchers to take into the second leg against Leicester Riders.
The hosts had led 59-52 in the fourth before the league champions rallied and looked set to come away with the win, only for McCray to strike late.
Tayo Ogedengbe top scored with a game-high 22 points for the eighth seeds with Quincy Taylor adding 11 points and six assists.
As for the Riders, Brandon Clark had 21 points with Taylor King handing out five assists to go with his 13 points.
A low-scoring opening period saw the Riders edge ahead by a single point before Surrey hit back to take a one-point lead of their own into the half.
The lead doubled following another competitive period before a 7-0 run put the Scorchers in control, but the Riders responded with an 11-2 run to set up an exciting finish.
Clark split a pair of free throws to give Leicester a 70-73 advantage in the final seconds before McCray got his off-balance three to fall at the buzzer with the tie evenly poised heading into Sunday's second leg.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, First Leg Bristol Flyers 94 (9,35,53) (Ali 30, Boggs 22, Streete 15) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 97 (30,53,77) (Fletcher 31, Jackman 23, Defoe 14)
Bristol Flyers kept their hopes of advancing alive after rallying from a 33-point deficit before losing the first leg 94-97 at home to Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
The visitors looked in complete control with a dominant 18-51 advantage, but the Flyers came storming back in the second half to close to within three for the second leg.
Rahmon Fletcher netted a game-high 31 points in the win for the Eagles with Orlan Jackman adding a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The second seeds wasted little time in asserting their authority and led by 21 after the opening period. Newcastle continued to push on and two triples from Joe Hart in a 12-0 run made it a 33-point game.
Bristol responded with a 10-0 run and cut the gap at the half, but another strong quarter from the visitors in the third re-established a 24-point lead ahead of the final period.
The Eagles led 76-93 inside the last four minutes, only for the hosts to produce a stunning 18-4 close with Hameed Ali finishing with a 30-point haul as the Flyers now have higher hopes going into Sunday's reverse.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, First Leg London Lions 91 (28,44,68) (K Williams 27, Niktash 19, Taylor 16) Glasgow Rocks 70 (12,45,60) (Lescault 27, Achara 11, Watson 10)
London Lions have the upper-hand going into Sunday's second leg after beating Glasgow Rocks 91-70 at the Copper Box Arena.
The Lions squandered a 20-point lead in a final day defeat to Glasgow last week, but will have a 21-point advantage upon their return to the Emirates Arena.
Kai Williams poured in 27 points with seven triples, while the four other starters all recorded double figures with Navid Niktash adding 19 points and nine boards.
The hosts raced into an 11-2 lead which quickly became 24-5 in the opening seven minutes. The lead was at 19 again at 31-12 early in the second, but the Rocks battled back and a 15-2 run tied the game with Hayden Lescault firing in consecutive triples.
Lescault had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists as the Rocks moved into a half-time lead. London restored control in the third to lead by eight and a 15-1 run pushed the lead beyond 20 points.
The Rocks were led by Lescault's 27 points and will be needing a big performance in the second leg on home court.
Hameed Ali (188-G-93, college: Texas A&M-CC)
Townsville Heat adds Anderson to their roster, ex Cheshire P. - 3 days 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.
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