By late tomorrow night, the line-up for the 2013 BBL Trophy semi-finals will be known.
With Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and One Health Sharks Sheffield both awaiting confirmation of their respective opponents in the last four, they will soon find out and especially the former.
For Rob Paternostro and his players will tangle either with current holders Newcastle Eagles or Worcester Wolves, who visit Sport Central tonight.
And, Wolves' coach Paul James (pictured) is naturally keen for his team to progress in the Trophy and to also begin laying down a pattern of having a perennial tilt at silverware.
He insisted, "Every competition is important and right now, we are trying to position ourselves so that we will be challenging in competitions not only now, but also in the future."
With Eagles' point guard Damon Huffman suffering from a worrying hip injury and having also hammered the Eagles earlier in the season, Wolves can head into the contest confident of returning from Tyneside with a positive result.
In the last quarter-final, EBL club Worthing Thunder are out to cause a huge upset by getting past Cheshire Phoenix tomorrow evening. They have already claimed the scalp of a BBL club from the north-west in the shape of Mersey Tigers and now have Phoenix in their sights.
But, according to Phoenix captain Chez Marks, they will be nothing less than fully focused against the underdogs and don't intend to slip on this potential banana skin.
"We know that it's not going to be an easy game on Saturday night at Worthing" claimed Marks.
"Especially since they now have Kadiri Richard back in the middle.
"He is a tough player and I have played against him in the past and he controls all areas in the paint, as well as blocking shots."
The winner of this tie will meet the Sharks in a bid to make the first ever showpiece BBL Final to take place north of the border, with the big game taking place at the Emirates Arena on Saturday 9 March.
As well as BBL Trophy action, there are plenty of league match-ups to savour too.
Indeed one of those games will take place at the Emirates Arena when Glasgow Rocks search for a third home victory in nine days when UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders visit, the team which is currently directly above them in the standings. Although before they can consider locking horns with the Devon club, Sterling Davis and the Rocks must firstly take care of business on the road against Mersey Tigers this evening.
The last visitors to Glasgow were London Lions and they will have to bounce back mentally from their gut-wrenching buzzer-beating loss last weekend. However, they do have two very winnable games against opposition lower than them in the table.
Vince Macaualy and his team host Cheshire Phoenix tonight, perhaps hoping the visitors will have one eye on their BBL Trophy quarter-final 24 hours later, whilst the hosts will also want to avenge a previous home floor loss against Phoenix.
Lions then head to the north-east on Sunday to face a Durham Wildcats team who were flying in January, but have disintegrated spectacularly during February after a couple of huge losses to Sharks and Eagles last weekend.
There's also action for the title chasing duo Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders and Surrey Heat this weekend. Second placed Riders entertain Sharks on Sunday and third placed Heat make a tricky trip to Manchester Giants tonight.
Glasgow Rocks (BBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Neil Watson (180-73kg-91, college: S.Mississippi) from Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. In 33 BBL games in United Kingdom he had 14.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Watson was voted Kansas C... [read more]
Glasgow Rocks (BBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Neil Watson (180-73kg-91, college: S.Mississippi) from Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. In 33 BBL games in United Kingdom he had 14.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Watson was voted Kansas City Kansan's 4A Player of the Year back in 2009 at his college time. Watson graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
The Pacers and Nuggets will play a regular-season game in London - 1 day ago
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This season's NBA Global Games slate will once again feature a regular-season contest in London, with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets getting tapped to head across the pond and square off at O2 Arena on Jan. 12, 2017. 'We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 'With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which ha... [read more]
This season's NBA Global Games slate will once again feature a regular-season contest in London, with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets getting tapped to head across the pond and square off at O2 Arena on Jan. 12, 2017. 'We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 'With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.' While Indiana has played preseason contests in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Germany and Spain, this marks the first time that the Pacers have headed overseas for regular-season duty and, as it happens, they'll be following in the footsteps of their NFL counterpart, the Indianapolis Colts, who'll take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in October. The chance to watch Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.), one of the stars of the U.S. men's national basketball team heavily favored to win gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month, figures to be one of the signature draws for the London audience. It's the Nuggets' roster, though, that features plenty of European flair, led by Italian scorer Danilo Gallinari, a pair of talented Southeastern European centers in Serbia's Nikola Jokic and Bosnia's Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94), and Frenchmen Joffrey Lauvergne (6'11''-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92, agency: Comsport). Denver also features talented young guards Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris and 2016 first-round pick Jamal Murray, as well as power forward Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.), who won gold as a member of Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. 'It will be a true honor and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London as part of the NBA Global Games in 2017,' Gallinari said in a statement. 'Our entire team and organization are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our league to fans overseas.' This will be the NBA's seventh regular-season game in London. Last year's edition saw the Toronto Raptors knock off the Orlando Magic; games from earlier years have featured the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons, making the Nuggets the first Western Conference team ever to make the trip for a 'home' game far, far away from home. The 2017 Global Games calendar will also once again include a return to Mexico City. The Phoenix Suns will play 'host' to both the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in mid-January, marking the first time ever that the NBA has played two regular-season games in Mexico. Courtesy of: yahoo.com
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