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.
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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