It's been a sensational time for Durham of late and that is reflected in our line-up which features two Wildcats' debutantes.
BJ Holmes (One Health Sharks Sheffield)
Just a couple of weeks after making his debut, BJ Holmes is back again, after making sure it was a red-letter day for Sharks as they reached the BBL Trophy semi-finals by eliminating a crestfallen Glasgow Rocks who were extra eager to make it through with the Final being held at the Emirates Arena. Whilst Holmes was barely lukewarm from the perimeter, he was unstoppable at the hoop and sunk 14 of 16 from the free-throw line to finish with 25 points. He also added five assists, four rebounds and three steals on a great night for Sharks.
It was a mixed weekend for the Raiders' guard, since he was part of the Raiders team surprisingly trounced in a big way by visiting Durham Wildcats, although he did make up for that disappointment slightly by starring in the subsequent victory against Mersey Tigers. Ojo, who also made our starting five only a few weeks ago, contributed an all-action 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals to get his team back to winning ways and further highlight his own growing influence on the team.
It's a first ever BBL Team of the Week slot for Wildcats' debutante Brad Guinane who was MVP in an outstanding win at Plymouth Pavilions - arguably the best of the season so far for the north-east club. He exploded for a mammoth 32 points after catching fire from three-point range, where he converted a simply stunning eight triples to put Raiders to the sword with one of the most deadly downtown shooting performances anywhere in the BBL this season.
Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles)
It's a third appearance of the season in our starting five for the Eagles' man having previously made it during weeks 2 and 10. He produced the best performance of the weekend with an excellent contribution against Mersey Tigers at Sport Central as the Eagles moved into the outright lead at the top of the BBL Championship table. He registered a huge double-double with 10 of 15 floor shooting helping him accrue 24 points, which was complimented by 13 rebounds. Defoe also worked hard defensively, coming up with three steals and a block.
The centre makes it a Durham debutante double this week after producing one of his best displays of the season to take down Cheshire Phoenix and make sure Durham completed their third win in just four games to really boost their play-off chances. Keister completed a huge double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds at Northgate Arena and even drained a rare triple to become the latest in a series of Wildcats' players now beginning to hit top gear at just the right time.
Off The Bench - Rod Brown (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Joe Chapman (Newcastle Eagles), Matt Schneck (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Keith Page (Durham Wildcats), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats)
Manchester Giants (BBL) inked 21-year old center Luke Attfield (213-95). The last time (11-12) he played at Bognor Pirates in British EBL3. Attfield missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Attfield represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.0ppg. Manchester Giants roster for 2016-2017: Yorick Williams Ingus Bankevics Us... [read more]
Manchester Giants (BBL) inked 21-year old center Luke Attfield (213-95). The last time (11-12) he played at Bognor Pirates in British EBL3. Attfield missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Attfield represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.0ppg.
Avila lands William Hall, ex Glasgow Rocks - 21 hours ago
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Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (a... [read more]
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (also in BBL) where in 27 games he had 14.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. Hall played in the final of British EBL Division One in 2011. He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg. Hall has played also professionally for other British teams like Sheffield Sharks, Reading Rockets and London Greenhouse Pioneers.
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila roster for 2016-2017:
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening. Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching... [read more]
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening.
Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching double figures, while Jack Isenbarger netted 28 points to inspire Leeds Force to a 79-58 success over DBL Sharks Sheffield.
Also, Glasgow Rocks claimed their first win after recording a convincing 56-90 success away at Manchester Giants as Neil Watson led five scorers in double figures with 21 points on debut.
BBL Championship Leeds Force 79 (21,38,57) (Isenbarger 28, Marsden 12, Sanders/Matthew 8) DBL Sharks Sheffield 58 (19,33,47) (Poole 14, S Davis 13, Wroblicky 8)
Leeds Force opened their account for the new season with a 79-58 win over DBL Sharks Sheffield, thanks in large to an impressive shooting display from Jack Isenbarger.
The American went 8-of-11 from beyond the arc including a perfect 7/7 in the second half on his way to a 28-point haul.
It was Rob Marsden (200-PF-88, college: Findlay, OH) who made a strong start with eight of his 12 points in the first period as he edged the home side into a narrow advantage.
Two triples from Eddie Matthew pushed Leeds up by nine, but the Sharks levelled at 38-38 early in the second half.
However, Isenbarger began to heat up with a trio of 3-pointers in quick succession to help Leeds establish a 10-point cushion ahead of the final quarter. Two more followed to cap an 8-0 run to put the game beyond doubt.
Isenbarger netted his eighth in the final minute to complete a fine performance on his BBL debut as Leeds start 1-0 in the league.
The defeat sees the Sharks fall to 0-2 in a disappointing start to the campaign. BBL Championship Plymouth Raiders 87 (24,47,66) (Grady 18, Nicholas/Dixon 16) Surrey Scorchers 63 (10,26,43) (Neighbour 25, Ogedengbe 12, Margai/Rollins 6)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their opening loss with a comfortable 87-63 victory at home to Surrey Scorchers.
Anton Grady contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Cory Dixon and Donte Nicholas added 16 points apiece with all five starters reaching double figures in the 24-point win.
The Raiders raced out of the blocks and used a 12-0 run to set the tone early in the first and they never looked back. Rhys Carter started the second with a three as the lead continued to be stretched.
Plymouth were up by 21 at the half with three players already in double figures. The visitors kept battling in the second half despite being in foul trouble and kept their opponents from completely running away with the game.
The gap hit 31 points late in the fourth, but the Scorchers closed with an 8-1 run and they now drop to 0-2 despite a game-high of 25 points from Will Neighbour. BBL Championship Leicester Riders 77 (23,39,55) (Clark 20, Bernardini 11, Thomson/Hampton 9) Worcester Wolves 66 (16,42,58) (Kennedy/Huffor 18, Setty 11)
Leicester Riders completed a perfect weekend after seeing off the challenge of Worcester Wolves with a 77-66 success.
Rob Paternostro's side trailed heading into the final quarter, but seized control and held off their opponents with a 10-0 close to the game.
Brandon Clark top scored with 20 points and also handed out seven assists as Riders' depth was evident once again.
A 10-0 run established early control as the Riders were up by 10 on a three from Eric Robertson, but the visitors hit back strongly in the second with a 23-3 run as Wolves made a 9-of-15 start from downtown to lead 32-42.
Danny Huffor moved to 16 points, but the Riders finished the half with the final seven points with Marek Klaasen picking up his fourth foul in the meantime.
Wolves managed to maintain their narrow advantage after an even third period before the defending champions opened the fourth with a 7-0 run.
A three from Trevor Setty cut the gap to one at 67-66 before five points from Pierre Hampton was followed by a big triple from Tyler Bernardini to make the game safe in the final minute.
Riders improve to 2-0, while the Wolves are now 1-1 having won their opener in overtime on Friday night. BBL Championship Manchester Giants 56 (9,31,43) (Y Williams 14, Webster 11, Goffen 9) Glasgow Rocks 90 (24,45,63) (Watson 21, Elechi 16, Lescault 12)
Glasgow Rocks made an impressive start to their league campaign after completing a 56-90 win away at Manchester Giants.
Neil Watson led five different scorers in double figures with 21 points on his Rocks debut, while Anthony Elechi added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rocks established their authority with a 15-2 close to the opening quarter as they opened up a commanding 9-24 cushion. Manchester began to settle and edged the second quarter 22-21 to narrowly close the gap heading into half-time.
However, the visitors maintained their control and a late three in the third from Jordan Clarke gave his side a 20-point advantage to take and the lead continued to grow in the final period.
A 15-4 run from the Rocks took the gap past 30 points as Sterling Davis' side secured a convincing victory with GB internationals Kieron Achara and Gareth Murray back amongst the squad.
Player-coach Yorick Williams led his side with 14 points as the Giants drop their home opener. BBL Championship Cheshire Phoenix 85 (18,35,59) (Brown 27, Anderson 21, Wilcher 12) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 99 (20,42,72) (Martin 28, Defoe 16, Parks 15)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle pulled away from Cheshire Phoenix to record an 85-99 road victory, on Sunday evening.
Scott Martin led the way with a 28-point haul to help his team get off to a winning start as all nine players got onto the scoresheet.
After a tightly contested first period, the Eagles began to edge away, putting together a 16-2 run across quarters to lead by 12 at 22-34. Cheshire scored seven straight either side of half-time to close within three, but would not get closer.
Defoe scored six points in a 13-2 run as Newcastle re-gained a double-digit advantage and a further 10-1 burst in the fourth would make sure of the result with the visitors ahead by as many as 21 with three minutes to go.
Josh Fox scored consecutive baskets to end the game, but Cheshire drop to 0-2 despite 27 points from Earl Brown and a further 21 points from Jamell Anderson on 8-of-9 shooting.
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