Bottom of The BBL with a 0 -19 record, knocked out of The BBL Cup at the first time of asking and then losing in the 1st round of The BBL Trophy to Worthing Thunder and EBL side one league below who also hadn't won a game all season.
You'd be forgiven if you thought that there was not much joy to be had at Mersey Tigers these days. Less than two seasons after dominating the BBL scene the Liverpool based side have struggled along in the last couple of seasons barely surviving, but surviving they are and they're still in there fighting.
And there is some light for The Tigers in the shape and form of 22-year old Belgian, Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management). The 6' 4" shooting guard has been one of the few successes in Mersey's troubled season and he currently averages 11.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as well as shooting almost 40% from beyond the arc.
Having played for Belgium's under-16 and under-20's team and spending time learning his sport in his homeland the affable swingman got the opportunity to play abroad in The BBL this season and decided to take that opportunity. Life has been tough as he aims to make his way in the basketball world but despite the tough season he remains upbeat about the future.
Eurobasket caught up with Hulsen after his sides loss at the home of The BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles and started by asking him his thoughts on the game which ended 121 - 58 in favour of the home side with Hulsen top scoring for The Tigers with 17 points.
"It was a very bad night. This game was very complicated for us. We came with only seven players and our coach wasn't there either. It was not a good situation to go in to the game in. Newcastle are a very good team they had obviously prepared for the game well. Their defence was not what we are used to, they have put a lot of work in to their defence its easy to see that. They were too well prepared for us and we were not ready for them and it showed during the game."
Despite the result and his feelings, Hulsen was one of the few Tigers that did impress as he kept going for the full 40 minutes and added another double-figure night to his resume. So, despite the results he's still managing to put up some decent numbers in The BBL.
"I think I'm making a good job of my first year in The BBL despite the teams results. I think that I give my best every day that I can to be at the top level that I can. I think its a very good league and its a big opportunity for me to show my level. I think I'm on the good way and just need to continue to work hard to get to the best level I can."
"Tonight it was very difficult as immediately the game started Newcastle made a lot of shots and our heads went down a bit. Its very hard to keep going as we are very young and less mature and experienced as other teams so its difficult at times to keep our heads up and work till the end."
"I just try my best to be at my top level all of the time on and off court and I try to push the others but sometimes that's very difficult. We need to keep working. This is a five-year project from my team, we are trying to build something so we have to keep working. We don't need to think about now we need to think about the future, we need to be patient and we need to work more than everybody else."
Positive words from a young man that is not in the most positive of situations and a great credit to Hulsen that he can think that way and remain upbeat. So, how did Hulsen end up at Mersey?
"There was contact to me from the coach who knew me. We talked through the summer and then he proposed that I come across for a trial. I didn't even get to the end of the practise game and the coach called me across and said he was satisfied with what he saw and offered me a job."
"He told the players that I was our new player and I was immediately accepted by all the players. I have a lot of respect for them and they have a lot of respect for me. The fans seem to like me as well as I have a lot of support from them. I feel good with the Mersey Tigers, just trying to get a win and work hard. I'm excited to be with this group and they are very kind and good towards me."
So, what is Hulsen hoping for in the remaining weeks of the season?
"For sure I want to get a win. All the players want to get a win. When you play professional sport you have to try and be competitive all the time. We will try to get a win but we need to work hard and keep our heads up no matter what happens."
"I don't really know what the future holds. I want to continue to do the best job I can this season and the coach has already told me that they think they'd like to sign me for another year. I don't know yet as there may be other teams that might offer me something. I need to talk with my agent and look at the positive things as well as the negative things and consider all parts so I don't really know yet."
"The BBL is a very good league so I think if I can make a good job in the BBL then people can get a view of me and it would be good if I could stay in the BBL so I'll continue to work hard, give my best and hope to stay in the BBL."
Hulsen appears a very level-headed, intelligent young man with the operative word being young. With his attitude, team ethic and hard working commitment he can only get better and there's no doubting thats what he's aiming to do. Look out for him in the future as he has the drive and energy to make it in this sport.
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).
Carl Wheatle's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among British players playing currently abroad: - 21 hours ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from British players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is U18 international forward Carl Wheatle (196-98). Heto a victory against the tenth-ranked Eurobasket Roma in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from British players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is U18 international forward Carl Wheatle (196-98, currently plays in Italy). He led Angelico Biella to a victory against the tenth-ranked Eurobasket Roma (14-16) 91-87 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Wheatle had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 40 minutes on the court.
Angelico Biella (24-6) is placed first in West group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Wheatle's fourth season with the team.
This year Wheatle averages: 5.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 66.7% in 29 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the British U18 national team.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Ryan Martin (206-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France). Martin could not help STB Le Havre (14-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance STB Le Havre was defeated 89-80 on the road by the league outsider JA Vichy (#18).
Martin was the top scorer with 25 points.
Martin's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 76.2%.
He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and British.
Former Hackney White Heat starter played for the British U20 national team in 2010.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Jesse Chuku (203-93, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Greece). Chuku was the major contributor in a Kolossos HH's victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (13-13) 78-73 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night.
He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes.
Kolossos H Hotels (13-13) is placed seventh in the A1.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
It's Chuku's first season with the team.
This year Chuku's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 61.4%(27-44), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in 25 games.
He played for the British U20 national team five years ago.
#4. Center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece) led Panionios to a victory over the 11th-ranked Arkadikos (10-18) crushing them 79-58 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Alihodzic was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Alihodzic also added 5 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (24-4) is placed second in the A2.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Alihodzic has relatively good stats this season: 12.4ppg and 6.6rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and British.
Alihodzic is also British national team player.
#5. Former U20 international forward Rowell Graham (197-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked CB Granada (20-10) crushing them 80-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday.
He scored 14 points, had 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 32 minutes.
Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (17-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver.
It was Blancos de Rueda's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Graham has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg in 28 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
three years ago.
#6. Guard Adam Thoseby (196-91, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia SW, currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in a Knox Raiders' victory against the sixth-ranked Devils (4-2) crushing them 98-72 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Thoseby was the best player in that game. He scored 30 points (!!!) in 28 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Thoseby's third season in pro basketball. Knox Raiders (6-1) are placed first in Big V group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Thoseby has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg in six games.
Thoseby is a former U20 international player as he played for the British team six years ago.
#7. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Lavrio (11-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Lavrio was defeated 78-68 at home by the lower-ranked PAOK (#8).
Hamilton scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Hamilton's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1spg.
He is also British national team player.
#8. Center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Iowa, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Entente Orleans 45 (8-21) in their game against Paris-Levallois (19-10) in the French ProA, despite his good performance on Tuesday night.
Olaseni had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds in 26 minutes.
But Entente Orleans 45 was badly defeated 78-58 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois.
It was Entente Orleans 45's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Olaseni's total stats are: 10.0ppg and 9.4rpg in eight games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#9. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Otsuka Alphas Tokyo (21-17) crushing them 92-70 in the Japanese B League D3 in Saturday night's game.
Bryan-Amaning recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fukuoka Rizing (33-5) is placed second in the B League D3.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important.
This season Bryan-Amaning has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2bpg and 1.2spg.
Bryan-Amaning is also in the roster of the British national team.
#10. Guard Teddy Okereafor (193-92, agency: Promotex, college: Rider, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a The Flexx PT's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (9-19) 87-83 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game.
He recorded 8 points in 18 minutes.
The Flexx Pistoia (14-14) is placed seventh in the Serie A.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season.
Okereafor has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg in 19 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#11. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) helped Unieuro Forli win their game against the 14th-ranked Chieti 83-75 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday.
Adegboye was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
This season Adegboye has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg.
Adegboye plays currently for the British national team.
#12. International point guard Justin Robinson (185-87, also represented by Promotex, college: Rider, currently plays in France) couldn't help Saint-Quentin in their game against JL Bourg in the French ProB (second division), despite his very good performance on Tuesday night.
He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 27 minutes.
But his team was badly defeated by 16 points 83-67.
Robinson has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg in seven games.
He is also in the roster of the British national team.
#13. Former U20 international power forward Matthew Don (201-93, college: Cameron, currently plays in Spain) helped Cambados win their game against the 11th-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc 85-76 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game.
Don was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds.
Don has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 6.9rpg.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
four years ago.
#14. An experienced former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) helped Cyberdyne IR win their game against the fourth-ranked Yamagata 82-75 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds.
Larkai has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.0rpg.
He used to play for the British national team
back in 2013.
#15. Former U20 international guard Nigel Van Oostrum (196-90, another player represented by Court Side, college: Park, currently plays in Holland) couldn't help Zwolle in their game against Leiden in the Dutch Eredivisie. Van Oostrum cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 3 points and had 3 steals.
His team was defeated 88-82.
Van Oostrum has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
seven years ago.
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1.BJ Anthony (200-F-88, currently plays in New Zealand) led Saints to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (4-3) crushing them 103-67 in the New Zealand NBL on Friday night.
Anthony scored 16 points, had 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (10-0) are placed first in the NBL.
So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season.
Anthony's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 5.2rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: British and New Zealand.
#2.Akeem Williams (178-PG-91, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in France) could not help Hyeres-Toulon (10-19) in their last game. Despite his good performance Hyeres-Toulon lost 68-78 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Strasbourg IG.
Williams scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Williams has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in 28 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Williams has never played in United Kingdom.
#3.Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Austria) led Gmunden Swans to a victory over the league outsider Dukes (4-27) 89-72 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night.
He was the top player that evening. Ojo recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Basket Swans Gmunden (21-10) is placed second in the A Bundesliga.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season.
Ojo has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Ojo used to play for Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in British league.
#4. Experienced Lee Jeka (193-G-83, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Hume City Broncos in their game against McKinnon Cougars (2-3) in the Australian State League (second division), despite his very good performance last Saturday.
Jeka was the second best scorer with 24 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 40 minutes.
But the eighth-placed Hume City Broncos (2-3) were edged 85-82 on the road by the higher-ranked (#7) McKinnon Cougars in the Big V group.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Jeka has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg in four games.
Jeka is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.
#5.Nicholas Spires (210-C-94, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-9) crushing them 88-68 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game.
Spires recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (23-9) is placed third in the Basketligan.
Spires has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.6bpg in 42 games.
He has both British and Swedish nationalities.
#6.Paul Brotherson (198-F-89, college: Metro St., currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in a 3-point Hills Hornets' victory against the sixth-ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 74-71 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday.
Brotherson was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 15 rebounds. Brotherson also added 4 blocks and 4 steals.
This season Brotherson has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3bpg.
Brotherson also holds two passports: British and Australian.
#7.Ben Knight (203-F-76, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Norths Soul Sports Bears in their game against Sydney City Comets in the Australian State League (second division), despite his good performance on Saturday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Knight also added 3 assists in 26 minutes.
But his team were crushed by 24 points 95-71.
Knight has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.0apg in two games.
He has British and Australian nationalities.
#8.Obi Emegano (190-G-93, college: ORU, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polfarmex in their game against Wilki Morskie in the Polish PLK.
Emegano scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes.
His team was edged 77-75.
Emegano has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 1.5rpg in 10 games.
He holds both Nigerian and British passports.
#9.Darren Phillip (201-PF-78, agency: DTMones, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba to win against the third-ranked Regatas Corrientes 99-96 in the Argentinian LigaA last Monday.
Phillip recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Phillip has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.2rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Phillip has never played in United Kingdom.
#10.Connor Tuxford (213-C-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arenys in their game against Mataro in the Spanish EBA (fourth division).
He recorded only 4 points in 15 minutes.
His team was edged 68-67.
Tuxford has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.3rpg in 17 games.
Manchester drop curtain on Senior Playoff Finals with D1M win - 3 days ago
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Manchester retained their D1M Playoff title after a comfortable 73-53 win over Loughborough. A poor 2nd quarter where the Riders fell behind and shot just 2/15 from the floor proved too much to overcome against a well drilled and talented Magic side. Unable to call upon the injured Josh Ward-Hibbert, Loughborough struggled to find answers on offence for the duration. With the game meandering through the 2nd half, an altercation between Lee Goldsborough and Jonas Dieterich during a loose b... [read more]
Manchester retained their D1M Playoff title after a comfortable 73-53 win over Loughborough. A poor 2nd quarter where the Riders fell behind and shot just 2/15 from the floor proved too much to overcome against a well drilled and talented Magic side. Unable to call upon the injured Josh Ward-Hibbert, Loughborough struggled to find answers on offence for the duration. With the game meandering through the 2nd half, an altercation between Lee Goldsborough and Jonas Dieterich during a loose ball play led to unsportsmanlike fouls for both players and a disqualification for Magic's Stefan Gill (173-PG-83) after he was involved in the aftermath. That was as exciting as things got in a 2nd half that never really threatened a comeback from Loughborough. Duane Morgan (198-F-93, college: Adelphi) treated the vocal Manchester crowd to some spectacular plays, including a number of dunks and an alley-oop for good measure. He was awarded the game's MVP trophy after his stat line of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. Morgan started his MVP afternoon off well and picked up a team high 5 points in the opening 10 minutes. More importantly captain Jack Minister, guard Kayin Darbey (183-PG-94) and Lee Goldsborough all settled into the game with early points as Manchester moved out to a 22-16 1st quarter lead. Loughborough's athletic guard Reiss Pinnock offered some resistance but it wasn't the start the Riders were looking for as the initiative was with their opponents heading into the 2nd. With the largely Manchester based crowd fully into the game and behind the team in the lead, Loughborough crumbled in the 2nd. With only Pinnock and Levi Noel (197-G-91, college: E.Illinois) troubling the scorers, it was a crippling 10 minutes for Loughborough's chances of success as practically everything they attempted failed to connect. With a young roster, confidence was quickly dented and the D1M 5th seeds never really recovered. A 21 point Manchester lead at the half meant the game was firmly in the hands of the reigning playoff champions. The main talking point of the 2nd half occurred midway through the 3rd period and led to Stefan Gill leaving the court much earlier than expected. With Duane Morgan grabbing an offensive rebound, he went to put the ball back before being forced into a miss by a Lucien Christofis foul. Grabbing the rebound as the whistle sounded, both Goldsbrough and Dieterich went about the act with a bit too much effort for the others' liking. That led to a shove from the Manchester man and a chest bump from the Riders' captain. Taking exception to Dieterich's actions, Gill became involved in the melee with a shove that earned him a DQ. Aside from that flash point, the 3rd period played out with little of note. Loughborough sought a way back into the game that was frequently denied by the continued scoring of Manchester and their own errors on offence. Even when the Riders were presented with opportunities from the free throw line, they faltered there to and recorded a 39% success rate from the charity stripe in the game. The final quarter provided Manchester Coach Paul Middleton with a real luxury as he was able to provide his bench with some useful minutes in a showpiece game. Cian Hickey, Tyme Regent-Bascombe and Yannick Onifade (201-C/F) all saw their first action of the contest during the final 10 minutes and Kaiyem Cleary (196-G-99) was provided with an extended opportunity to showcase his talented. To their credit, Loughborough continued to fight but the difference in score didn't deviate far from the 20-point mark before the final buzzer sounded. Courtesy of: basketballengland.co.uk
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