The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders regained a share of top spot in the BBL Championship as they beat the Mersey Tigers 84-54 in the East Midlands. The Riders made it four league wins in a row and remain unbeaten at home all season.
On a night when all twelve of the players on their roster scored, Jay Couisnard led the way with 18 points and Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) had 14; there were no double-doubles, although Anthony Rowe had 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Barry Lamble added 9 points and 10 rebounds. Joshua McGinn led the Tigers with 14 points.
The Riders edged some tight early exchanges as Couisnard opened proceedings with a three-pointer, and he scored Leicester's first 9 points - their only player to score in the opening 4 minutes. But the Tigers hung in and Joshua Lockett gave them a brief lead at 9-10. Zaire Taylor's three-pointer put the Riders back up 14-12 and that became a 7-0 burst before Sullivan hit a three-pointer in the final minute of the first quarter to help the hosts to a 24-16 lead.
And the Riders sent the lead into double-figures immediately in the second stanza as Taylor and Rowe scored the first baskets. The Tigers showed resilience as Jack Hudson's three-pointer capped a 7-0 response to get the score down to 29-23, but it was short-lived as Sullivan responded immediately with a triple and Pavol Losonsky put the lead above ten once more midway through the period. The Riders did most of the damage in the run up to half time as they held their visitors scoreless for over five and a half minutes, while pouring in the last 15 points of the half led by 5 points from Sullivan and a Jorge Calvo three-pointer. The Riders held the Tigers to just 9 points in the second quarter.
The Tigers kept it a little tighter after the break as the teams traded baskets and back-to-back scores from McGinn made it 58-35. But once again the Riders slammed the door shut late on in the quarter as, entering the last four minutes at 61-37, they allowed the Tigers just one more basket and scored 8 of the last 10 points themselves, including a Connor Washington three-pointer and Josh McSwiggan's first points in the BBL after his promotion from the Loughborough Student Riders.
The Riders took a 69-39 lead into the fourth, by which time the game was well beyond their visitors. The lead peaked after a 9-2 run as Lamble's 5 points helped the score out to 78-45 and, despite the Tigers narrowing it before the end, Alex Angelakos ensured that Leicester's winning margin remained at 30 as he scored his first BBL points.
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Vardar Skopje (Prva Liga) signed British power forward Deji Adekunle (209-104kg, college: Kaiser). He started the season at Plymouth University Raiders in British BBL league. In 7 games he had just 2.6ppg and 2.6rpg this season. Adekunle's team won TSC Regular Season in 2016. He graduated from Kaiser University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in FYR Macedonia [read more]
Vardar Skopje (Prva Liga) signed British power forward Deji Adekunle (209-104kg, college: Kaiser). He started the season at Plymouth University Raiders in British BBL league. In 7 games he had just 2.6ppg and 2.6rpg this season. Adekunle's team won TSC Regular Season in 2016. He graduated from Kaiser University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.
Worcester Wolves, Plymouth Raiders and London Lions all overturned half-time deficits to record victories on Friday night. Worcester won the third period 14-30 on their way to beating the recent Cup champions, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 103-112 in front of the BBC Sport cameras. There was a huge comeback win for Plymouth Raiders as they recovered from being 20 points down to beat Bristol Flyers 98-103 in overtime and snap their rivals' six-game win streak. Meanwhile, Zaire Taylor(193-G... [read more]
Worcester Wolves, Plymouth Raiders and London Lions all overturned half-time deficits to record victories on Friday night.
Worcester won the third period 14-30 on their way to beating the recent Cup champions, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 103-112 in front of the BBC Sport cameras.
There was a huge comeback win for Plymouth Raiders as they recovered from being 20 points down to beat Bristol Flyers 98-103 in overtime and snap their rivals' six-game win streak.
Meanwhile, Zaire Taylor (193-G-86, college: Missouri) netted 28 points to lead London Lions to a 70-67 success at home to Glasgow Rocks with both teams now standing at 10-4.
BBL Championship London Lions 70 (22,33,52) (Taylor 28, Owumi 16, K Williams 14) Glasgow Rocks 67 (24,38,49) (Watson 25, Thomas 14, Achara 10)
London Lions claimed their 10th league win of the season after holding off Glasgow Rocks for a 70-67 victory.
Zaire Taylor led the way with 28 points and also dished out seven assists as the Lions improve to 10-4.
Lewis Thomas hit back-to-back triples to put the Rocks up 12-19 in the first, but the home side closed the gap to two by the end of the first.
The lead peaked in the second on a 9-0 run for the visitors to make it 24-33, but the Lions finished the quarter well once again as they began to mount a comeback.
Taylor scored six early points in the third before an 8-0 run put the Lions ahead, and they maintained a slender advantage ahead of the final 10 minutes. Glasgow levelled with the first score of the fourth period, but a trio of triples gave the hosts the upper-hand.
Taylor hit a huge three to make it 68-63 inside the final two minutes, and although Watson answered, Taylor nailed a pair of free throws which proved to be enough for the win.
The Rocks were paced by Watson's 25 points, while Kieron Achara finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Worcester Wolves produced an impressive display to pull off a 103-112 victory away at the recent Cup champions, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
Paul James' side were down five at the half, but turned things around with a huge third quarter before holding off a late fightback from the Eagles in front of the BBC Sport cameras.
Maurice Walker, Ashton Khan and Danny Huffor all netted 20+ points with three other players in double figures in the Wolves' seventh league success.
The Eagles made a strong start before being pegged back by Worcester's hot streak from downtown. Rahmon Fletcher's mid-range jumpshot edged his side ahead and they extended their lead to five by half-time.
However, there was to be a twist in the second half as the Wolves came out firing in the third and racked up 30 points to open up a 12-point advantage.
The visitors stretched their lead out to 18 in the fourth and despite a rally from the Eagles, they were left with to much to do and suffered their third league defeat despite 34 points and 13 assists from Fletcher.
BBL Championship, OT Bristol Flyers 98 (22,48,71,88) (Cosby 20, Smith 18, Boggs 17) Plymouth Raiders 103 (20,37,55,88) (Corletto 29, Dixon 20, Nicholas 17)
Plymouth Raiders came from 20 points down to beat their South-West rivals Bristol Flyers 98-103 in overtime.
The visitors were down 71-51 inside the final two minutes of the third, but rallied with a huge fourth quarter before securing the win in the extra period.
Daryl Corletto netted seven triples including two late in the fourth to force overtime on his way to an impressive 29-point haul.
Cory Dixon added 20 points, while Rhys Carter flirted with a triple-double with 14 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists as the Raiders level the head-to-head series.
The Flyers edged an even first period, but pulled clear in the second after finishing the half with a 9-0 run to lead by 11 at the half.
Bristol continued to extend their advantage and led by 20 before the Raiders put together a 19-5 spell across quarters to cut the gap and later levelled at 80.
An 8-2 run put the Flyers in control only for Corletto hit two 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds to force overtime.
Plymouth compiled another key run with 11 unanswered points late in overtime to complete the comeback victory to improve to 10-6 in the league.
Texas Legends agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American guard Ben Gordon (190-91kg-83, college: Connecticut). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. Gordon played last season at Golden State Warriors in the NBA. The previous (14-15) season he played at the Magic where in 56 NBA games he had 6.2ppg and 1.1rpg. In 2004 Gordon was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) as #3 pick overall. The former University of Connecticut staris in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro bas... [read more]
Texas Legends agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American guard Ben Gordon (190-91kg-83, college: Connecticut). He is a dual citizen owning also British passport. Gordon played last season at Golden State Warriors in the NBA. The previous (14-15) season he played at the Magic where in 56 NBA games he had 6.2ppg and 1.1rpg. In 2004 Gordon was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) as #3 pick overall. The former University of Connecticut staris in his 13th (hopefully lucky) season in pro basketball. Gordon was also a member of USA international program for some years. He played for USA Senior National Team back in 2003 and previously for U18 National Team in 2000. Gordon represented USA at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 9.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 26.3%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 72.7%. Gordon has spent his entire career in NBA playing for two other teams: Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets. Gordon could be described:
Athletic combination guard with high basketball I.Q. .Superb leaper with excellent shooting range.
Outlook (by NBADraft.TK):
Positives: Ben Gordon is a great combo guard. A great scorer with a versatile offensive game. He is a deadly three-point shooter. Not just a long-range bomber, he has a good midrange game and is a good free throw shooter. Has the ability to take it strong to the hoop with exceptional strength and quickness for his size. Has a great handle as and is also good passer. Gordon is also a great athlete. Very quick and has great leaping ability. Has a near 40-inch vertical, which allows him to throw down impressive dunks despite his size. A solid defender, he uses his strength and lateral quickness well. A good rebounder for the guard position.
Negatives: Not a natural point guard. Gordon's ability to run the point os questionable. He played shooting guard at UConn with Taliek Brown as the point. Might be better at the shooting guard, but will have to play point guard in the NBA. (Jason Terry, Steve Francis). Can be a streaky shooter.
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