Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Newcastle Eagles remain locked at the top of the BBL Championship table after both recording home wins over the weekend.
Eagles were in sole possession of top spot for 44 hours thanks to a 107-86 victory over the One Health Sharks Sheffield at Sport Central on Friday evening.
An impressive 41-point haul from Joe Chapman helped the Eagles overcome their disappointment at losing the BBL Cup Final on Sunday. The home side lead for the vast majority of the game and never really gave the Sharks the opportunity to settle into their game.
But Sunday afternoon saw the Riders move level with them again with an 88-58 victory over Surrey Heat. They led for most of the game and a dominant fourth quarter spell including a 24-6 run wrapped up the win.
Coach Rob Paternostro (pictured) was delighted with his team's win: "I really liked the intensity we played with against the Heat. Our mind-set this week in practice was very impressive, these guys continue to practice well.
"Our depth allows us to really mix and match combinations in practice when we play five-on-five it is very competitive no matter how we arrange the teams.
"From the start we really defended, I thought our guards Jorge Calvo, Zaire Taylor and Connor Washington really set the tone defensively. We were very balanced with a lot of players making contributions, and our bench making a major impact , Barry [Lamble], Connor, Jamell Anderson and Jorge all were able to contribute
"I thought Antony Rowe, Pavol Losonsky and Jamell were very effective inside on both ends if the floor, I thought Sam Cricelli and Julie's Joseph played well for the Heat, but it was a lot of travelling for Creon and his team this week, and as the game wore on you could see that."
The loss at Riders was the second half of a disastrous weekend for the Heat, who may have seen their hopes of winning the title end.
Friday evening saw a dominant Manchester Giants beat Heat 85-68 at Wright Robinson College.
The Giants led from tip-to-buzzer and David Watts was the main man for the Giants in the victory as he bagged 22 points.
Giants went agonisingly close to a weekend double before going down 119-115 in double overtime at UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders. Manchester twice forced extra periods in the closing seconds, first through a pair of free-throws scored by Ben Eaves in the final quarter and then with a put-back made by Devan Bailey at the end of the first period of overtime.
Raiders' Javarris Barnett led all scorers with 30 points, also pulling down 11 rebounds and only missing out on a triple-double by a single assist. Rod Brown marked his debut with a double-double, with 10 points and 14 assists for Raiders. Stefan Gill led the Giants' scorers with 28 points including a perfect 8/8 free-throws, while Nick George scored 27 points.
Wolves' Alex Owumi 22 points and had seven rebounds helped Worcester Wolves claim a 98-91 victory over Durham Wildcats on Sunday afternoon. Some great three-point shooting put the Wolves ahead early in the game, but Owumi dragged his side back into the game as they kept their hopes of a top four spot alive.
Sunday's other game took place at the Emirates Arena where Glasgow Rocks beat One Health Sharks Sheffield 85-65. Rocks' Mike Ringgold led all scorers with 18 points, making 9/10 field goal attempts, and also had 10 rebounds.
Townsville Heat adds Anderson to their roster, ex Cheshire P. - 1 day 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.
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs! Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a ma... [read more]
It's our penultimate line-up of 2016-17 and while a trio took their last opportunity to shine as their respective seasons came to an end, two of our starters will be hoping to re-appear as they head into the Play-Offs!
Mike DiNunno (Cheshire Phoenix) As the curtain fell on an eventful season at Phoenix, the playmaker signed off his participation in spectacular style with a typically influential contribution. Di Nunno lit it up at Cheshire Oaks Arena against Leeds Force by harvesting a massive 36 points in just 22 minutes, after sinking a sizzling eight scores from beyond the three-point line. He also had three rebounds, three assists and not a single turnover during his time on court.
Callum Jones (193-G-85, college: Pace) (Manchester Giants) They may have finished propping up the table, but there was at least a smile of sorts heading into the summer for Giants as they ended their participation with an exciting home win against Plymouth Raiders. That was largely down to a magnificent effort from Jones, as he led his team to victory with a quite brilliant line. The guard finished with a majestic double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds, while adding seven assists for good measure.
Earl Brown (Cheshire Phoenix) Finishing the season with a flourish and arguably the most consistent performer throughout a campaign of changes for Phoenix, Brown was in scintillating form against Leeds. While his team-mate DiNunno excelled in the backcourt, the forward scythed down Force by registering a huge double-double. He did the business in the paint with an astonishing 84% from the field for 28 points and also added 14 boards and five steals.
Leslee Smith (Bristol Flyers) Despite their worrying start to the season, Flyers find themselves in the Play-Offs after a weekend win double which catapulted them into seventh place. It was imperative Flyers got off to a positive start in their double-header and Smith brought the noise in a big way against Manchester. He was sensational and very much the difference-maker in a hard-fought victory against Giants with a monumental 19-point and 21-rebound double-double to delight the locals.
Tony Wroblicky (DBL Sharks Sheffield) The Sharks are now looking to defend the BBL Play-Off title they famously won at The 02 in London last May and if they manage to do it, you can expect Wroblicky to have a big hand in it. He was on fire for Sharks as they ended Worcester's record winning streak by beating them on the road and in front of the BBC Sport cameras. He weighed in with an outstanding double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds, also not spilling the ball once in 30 minutes on the hardwood.
Off the Bench - Rashad Hassan (London Lions), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Jermaine Sanders (Leeds Force), Rahmon Fletcher (Esh Group Eagles Newcastle), Hameed Ali (Bristol Flyers), Chaz Rollins (Surrey Scorchers), Rob Marsden (Leeds Force).
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