Experienced naturalized American Charles Smith (198-F-75) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Newcastle E. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26. The 37-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Mersey Tigers (#12, 0-24) with 43-point margin 100-57. Newcastle E. maintains the 2nd position in American BBL. Newcastle E. has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-2. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Newcastle E., through which he has constantly improved. Rider University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.5ppg) and averages solid 44.8% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Frank Holmes (206-F-84) of Surrey Heat. Holmes impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Surrey Heat cruised to a 87-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Cheshire P. (#10, 8-18). Surrey Heat's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Holmes is a newcomer at Surrey Heat and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Alif Bland (203-C-89) of Cheshire P. (#10). Bland scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Bland's great performance Cheshire P. lost 78-87 to the higher-ranked Surrey Heat (#6, 15-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cheshire P. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bland could try to bring Cheshire P.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Bland has individually a great season in United Kingdom. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (7th best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 55.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Travis Holmes (193-G-86) of Surrey Heat - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) of Newcastle E. - 13 points and 14 rebounds 6. Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E. - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Mike Baldarelli (193-F/G-89) of Durham W. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Jamie Vanderbeken (210-F-87) of Glasgow Rocks - 16 points and 8 rebounds 9. Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69) of Cheshire P. - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Rod Brown (186-PG-78) of London Lions - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Glasgow Rocks became the first team to book their spot in the BBL Cup Final after overcoming the challenge of Surrey Scorchers in Sunday's second leg. BBL Cup, SF 2nd Leg Glasgow Rocks 87 (20,45,73) (Watson 18, Achara/Thomas 13) Surrey Scorchers 73 (24,42,63) (Rollins 22, Ogedengbe 14, Taylor 12) (Rocks win 168-152 on aggregate) Glasgow Rocks booked their place in the BBL Cup Final after beating Surrey Scorchers 87-73 on Sunday for an overall 16-point victory. Sterling Davis' side hav... [read more]
Glasgow Rocks became the first team to book their spot in the BBL Cup Final after overcoming the challenge of Surrey Scorchers in Sunday's second leg.
BBL Cup, SF 2nd Leg Glasgow Rocks 87 (20,45,73) (Watson 18, Achara/Thomas 13) Surrey Scorchers 73 (24,42,63) (Rollins 22, Ogedengbe 14, Taylor 12)
(Rocks win 168-152 on aggregate)
Glasgow Rocks booked their place in the BBL Cup Final after beating Surrey Scorchers 87-73 on Sunday for an overall 16-point victory.
Sterling Davis' side have now won 12 straight games in all competitions as they make a return to the Cup Final having last participated in 2015.
Neil Watson (180-PG-91, college: S.Mississippi) led the way with 18 points and 10 assists, while Kieron Achara amassed 17 rebounds to go with 13 points with five other players reaching double figures in the win.
The Rocks made a strong start in front of their home fans with a Watson triple making it 14-4 on the night. However, the Scorchers rallied and went ahead by four by the end of the first to lead the tie on aggregate.
The visitors were still up by four with two minutes to go in the half before Glasgow scored the final seven points to lead 45-42 at the break. The Rocks pulled away in the third with a 15-4 surge.
Surrey cut the gap to 10 having trailed by as many as 17, but had a mountain to climb in the final period, which proved to be a tight, low-scoring quarter which enabled Glasgow to secure their place in the Final.
Glasgow will face either London Lions or Esh Group Eagles Newcastle in the BBL Cup Final at the Barclaycard Arena in January.
Paul James celebrated 500 BBL wins on a special night in front of the BBC Sport cameras, while Glasgow Rocks have the edge in their BBL Cup Semi-Final. The Rocks edged out Surrey Scorchers 79-81 on the road after a late rally from the home side keeps their hopes alive going. Kieron Achara(208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) led Glasgow with 24 points. Meanwhile, Worcester recorded their fifth league win of the season after beating Bristol Flyers 88-56 behind 21 points and... [read more]
Paul James celebrated 500 BBL wins on a special night in front of the BBC Sport cameras, while Glasgow Rocks have the edge in their BBL Cup Semi-Final.
The Rocks edged out Surrey Scorchers 79-81 on the road after a late rally from the home side keeps their hopes alive going. Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) led Glasgow with 24 points.
Meanwhile, Worcester recorded their fifth league win of the season after beating Bristol Flyers 88-56 behind 21 points and 13 rebounds from Maurice Walker.
Paul James earned his 500th BBL win as a coach after his Worcester Wolves side defeated Bristol Flyers 88-56, in the first game live on the BBC Sport website.
Maurice Walker led the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds, while three other players hit double figures in the win.
Worcester raced out of the blocks and were quick to impress in front of the cameras after racking up 30 points in the opening period as they established a commanding 18-point lead.
The Flyers handed a debut to Aaron Cosby but were unable to get their offence flowing in the first half and were held to just 26 points in the half.
The lead continued to grow for Worcester and reached 30 points on an early score from Jermel Kennedy in the third. Bristol enjoyed a brighter spell with a 12-3 run, but would still be 31 points behind ahead of the last 10 minutes.
James was able to spread the minutes throughout his roster with the result all but secured and Worcester edged the final period to wrap up their fifth league win of the season.
The Flyers have now lost 11 consecutive games in the league since winning their season opener.
Glasgow Rocks have a slender advantage going into Sunday's second leg after beating Surrey Scorchers 79-81 on the road in their BBL Cup Semi-Final.
The visiting Rocks have now won 11 straight games in all competitions, but a late surge from Surrey keeps them in contention to reach the Final.
Kieron Achara top scored for Glasgow with 24 points, while Quincy Taylor also netted 24 points for Surrey with the tie still hanging in the balance.
An 8-0 run pushed the Rocks ahead and Jonny Bunyan ended the opening period with a step-back triple. Glasgow continued to hit big shots and a three from Neil Watson made it 27-34 early in the second.
The hosts hit back with a 10-2 run to move ahead, but Achara netted another three to give his side an advantage into the half-time break.
Back-to-back triples extended the gap to double digits at the midpoint in the third and the Rocks led by as many as 14 points at 50-64. The Scorchers rallied in the final quarter and went on a 9-0 run to close within two.
Bunyan stopped a four-minute rot with a three but a late score from Taylor ended the game at 79-81.
The two teams meet at the Emirates Arena on Sunday for the second leg.
Naft Abadan (Superleague) agreed terms with 25-year old British ex-international power forward Ryan Richards (212-104kg-91, agency: Three Eye Sports). He already started the season at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In four games he had 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg this season. Richards also played 1 game in Balkan League where he recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. In 2010 Richards was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (49th overall). His team won Iranian Superle... [read more]
Naft Abadan (Superleague) agreed terms with 25-year old British ex-international power forward Ryan Richards (212-104kg-91, agency: Three Eye Sports). He already started the season at Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. In four games he had 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg this season. Richards also played 1 game in Balkan League where he recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. In 2010 Richards was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (49th overall). His team won Iranian Superleague Regular Season in 2015. Richards was also a member of British international program for some years. He played for British Senior National Team back in 2011 and previously for U20 National Team in 2011. Richards represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) seven years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 2 games: 29.0ppg, 13.0rpg. Richards is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in fourteen different countries. Richards tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Austria (Vienna), Bahrain (Al Ahli), Belgium, China (Guangxi), Georgia (Sokhumi), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Hungary (Kormend), Italy, Lebanon (Sagesse), Poland (Asseco), Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates (Al Naser) and Iran (Shahrdari Gorgan and Azad). On Richards:
(by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2010)
A player who looks extremely impressive in a workout setting due to his size, agility and touch ... The young bigman shows the ability to shoot with both hands and has some range on his shot ... Utilizes hook shots well and has the basics of playing in the post with footwork and post moves.
Coming from England, he didn't grow up in a basketball environment and lacks the natural feel for the game that someone who does, possesses ... His basketball IQ is a work in progress.
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