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.
Manchester Giants (BBL) inked 21-year old center Luke Attfield (213-95). The last time (11-12) he played at Bognor Pirates in British EBL3. Attfield missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Attfield represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.0ppg. Manchester Giants roster for 2016-2017: Yorick Williams Ingus Bankevics Us... [read more]
Manchester Giants (BBL) inked 21-year old center Luke Attfield (213-95). The last time (11-12) he played at Bognor Pirates in British EBL3. Attfield missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Attfield represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U16 Division B in Strumica (FYR Macedonia) five years ago. His team won Silver and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.0ppg.
Avila lands William Hall, ex Glasgow Rocks - 15 hours ago
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Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (a... [read more]
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (LEB Silver) landed 25-year old British small forward William Hall (201-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He played most recently at Glasgow Rocks in British BBL league. In 36 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.9apg last season. Hall helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season Hall played at Leeds Force (also in BBL) where in 27 games he had 14.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. Hall played in the final of British EBL Division One in 2011. He represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 2.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg. Hall has played also professionally for other British teams like Sheffield Sharks, Reading Rockets and London Greenhouse Pioneers.
Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila roster for 2016-2017:
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening. Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS) Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching... [read more]
The opening weekend of the new season concluded with five games on Sunday evening.
Leicester Riders became the first team to record two wins after holding off Worcester Wolves 77-66, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle started their campaign with an 85-99 victory over Cheshire Phoenix, behind 28 points from Scott Martin (203-G-88, college: Notre Dame, agency: HMS)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from an opening loss on Saturday to defeat Surrey Scorchers 87-63 with all five starters reaching double figures, while Jack Isenbarger netted 28 points to inspire Leeds Force to a 79-58 success over DBL Sharks Sheffield.
Also, Glasgow Rocks claimed their first win after recording a convincing 56-90 success away at Manchester Giants as Neil Watson led five scorers in double figures with 21 points on debut.
BBL Championship Leeds Force 79 (21,38,57) (Isenbarger 28, Marsden 12, Sanders/Matthew 8) DBL Sharks Sheffield 58 (19,33,47) (Poole 14, S Davis 13, Wroblicky 8)
Leeds Force opened their account for the new season with a 79-58 win over DBL Sharks Sheffield, thanks in large to an impressive shooting display from Jack Isenbarger.
The American went 8-of-11 from beyond the arc including a perfect 7/7 in the second half on his way to a 28-point haul.
It was Rob Marsden (200-PF-88, college: Findlay, OH) who made a strong start with eight of his 12 points in the first period as he edged the home side into a narrow advantage.
Two triples from Eddie Matthew pushed Leeds up by nine, but the Sharks levelled at 38-38 early in the second half.
However, Isenbarger began to heat up with a trio of 3-pointers in quick succession to help Leeds establish a 10-point cushion ahead of the final quarter. Two more followed to cap an 8-0 run to put the game beyond doubt.
Isenbarger netted his eighth in the final minute to complete a fine performance on his BBL debut as Leeds start 1-0 in the league.
The defeat sees the Sharks fall to 0-2 in a disappointing start to the campaign. BBL Championship Plymouth Raiders 87 (24,47,66) (Grady 18, Nicholas/Dixon 16) Surrey Scorchers 63 (10,26,43) (Neighbour 25, Ogedengbe 12, Margai/Rollins 6)
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their opening loss with a comfortable 87-63 victory at home to Surrey Scorchers.
Anton Grady contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Cory Dixon and Donte Nicholas added 16 points apiece with all five starters reaching double figures in the 24-point win.
The Raiders raced out of the blocks and used a 12-0 run to set the tone early in the first and they never looked back. Rhys Carter started the second with a three as the lead continued to be stretched.
Plymouth were up by 21 at the half with three players already in double figures. The visitors kept battling in the second half despite being in foul trouble and kept their opponents from completely running away with the game.
The gap hit 31 points late in the fourth, but the Scorchers closed with an 8-1 run and they now drop to 0-2 despite a game-high of 25 points from Will Neighbour. BBL Championship Leicester Riders 77 (23,39,55) (Clark 20, Bernardini 11, Thomson/Hampton 9) Worcester Wolves 66 (16,42,58) (Kennedy/Huffor 18, Setty 11)
Leicester Riders completed a perfect weekend after seeing off the challenge of Worcester Wolves with a 77-66 success.
Rob Paternostro's side trailed heading into the final quarter, but seized control and held off their opponents with a 10-0 close to the game.
Brandon Clark top scored with 20 points and also handed out seven assists as Riders' depth was evident once again.
A 10-0 run established early control as the Riders were up by 10 on a three from Eric Robertson, but the visitors hit back strongly in the second with a 23-3 run as Wolves made a 9-of-15 start from downtown to lead 32-42.
Danny Huffor moved to 16 points, but the Riders finished the half with the final seven points with Marek Klaasen picking up his fourth foul in the meantime.
Wolves managed to maintain their narrow advantage after an even third period before the defending champions opened the fourth with a 7-0 run.
A three from Trevor Setty cut the gap to one at 67-66 before five points from Pierre Hampton was followed by a big triple from Tyler Bernardini to make the game safe in the final minute.
Riders improve to 2-0, while the Wolves are now 1-1 having won their opener in overtime on Friday night. BBL Championship Manchester Giants 56 (9,31,43) (Y Williams 14, Webster 11, Goffen 9) Glasgow Rocks 90 (24,45,63) (Watson 21, Elechi 16, Lescault 12)
Glasgow Rocks made an impressive start to their league campaign after completing a 56-90 win away at Manchester Giants.
Neil Watson led five different scorers in double figures with 21 points on his Rocks debut, while Anthony Elechi added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rocks established their authority with a 15-2 close to the opening quarter as they opened up a commanding 9-24 cushion. Manchester began to settle and edged the second quarter 22-21 to narrowly close the gap heading into half-time.
However, the visitors maintained their control and a late three in the third from Jordan Clarke gave his side a 20-point advantage to take and the lead continued to grow in the final period.
A 15-4 run from the Rocks took the gap past 30 points as Sterling Davis' side secured a convincing victory with GB internationals Kieron Achara and Gareth Murray back amongst the squad.
Player-coach Yorick Williams led his side with 14 points as the Giants drop their home opener. BBL Championship Cheshire Phoenix 85 (18,35,59) (Brown 27, Anderson 21, Wilcher 12) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 99 (20,42,72) (Martin 28, Defoe 16, Parks 15)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle pulled away from Cheshire Phoenix to record an 85-99 road victory, on Sunday evening.
Scott Martin led the way with a 28-point haul to help his team get off to a winning start as all nine players got onto the scoresheet.
After a tightly contested first period, the Eagles began to edge away, putting together a 16-2 run across quarters to lead by 12 at 22-34. Cheshire scored seven straight either side of half-time to close within three, but would not get closer.
Defoe scored six points in a 13-2 run as Newcastle re-gained a double-digit advantage and a further 10-1 burst in the fourth would make sure of the result with the visitors ahead by as many as 21 with three minutes to go.
Josh Fox scored consecutive baskets to end the game, but Cheshire drop to 0-2 despite 27 points from Earl Brown and a further 21 points from Jamell Anderson on 8-of-9 shooting.
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