In a packed fixture list on Sunday, the One Health Sharks Sheffield took control of their BBL Trophy semi-final, while in the BBL Championship there were victories for the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, Newcastle Eagles, London Lions and Worcester Wolves.
The Sharks made a big step into the BBL Trophy Final thanks to a hard-fought 60-74 victory over the Cheshire Phoenix at the Northgate Arena on Sunday evening.
After a close first half which saw the Sharks leading 31-32, the visitors took control of the contest as they opened the third quarter with a 12-2 tear to take the score out to 33-44 and they did not relinquish their lead from that point onwards.
The second leg will take place on Friday evening at the EIS, Sheffield with the winner sealing a place in the Final to take place at the Emirates Arena next month.
In the BBL Championship, the Riders came from behind to eventually overcame
the Glasgow Rocks by a score of 72-76 at the Emirates Arena on Sunday and remain in top spot in the table.
22 points from Pavol Losonsky was the leading scorer for the Riders in the victory as they overturned a 13 point deficit in the second quarter, but a 15-4 tear in the third quarter bought the Riders back into the contest as they lead 54-55 heading into the final period.
A 10-2 burst in the final quarter from the visitors gave them a 59-65 lead and they would not relinquish their lead for the remainder of the game.
Newcastle Eagles kept up the pressure on the Riders at the summit thanks to a 78-90 victory over the Surrey Heat at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday afternoon.
A 33-point haul from Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) was the leading scorer from the Eagles, while Frank Holmes's 20 points was the main shining light for the Heat.
The Eagles started the game strongly and continued in the same vein for much of the contest, but the Heat were not to go away easily as back-to-back three-pointers from Travis Holmes and Caylin Raftopoulos bought the home side to within two points at 64-66 with eight minutes remaining in the game.
A 10-2 burst from the Eagles midway through the quarter helped the Eagles extend their lead out to 67-81 and they held on for the all-important victory.
The Lions enjoyed a slightly more comfortable victory as they defeated the Manchester Giants 81-64 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
An impressive 31-point haul from Adrien Sturt gave the crowd plenty to cheer about as the Lions went from strength-to-strength throughout the game and maintained their stranglehold on seventh position in the BBL Championship table.
In the final game of the evening, the Wolves got themselves to within two points of the top four in the table thanks to a hard-fought 79-83 victory over the Durham Wildcats at the Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre.
24 points from Alex Owumi was the leading mark for the Wolves in the victory, while Mike Baldarelli led the home side with 23 points personal.
With the Wolves leading 56-68 with six minutes left in the contest, the home side began to claw their way back into the game as three-pointers from Brad Guinane got the home side to within three points at 73-76 with 1:02 left.
That was as close as the Wildcats would get however as the Wolves held on for the all-important victory down the stretch.
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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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