The Eagles' guard takes his place in our line up for the fifth time this season after starring in a comfortable victory for the title chasers at Mersey Tigers last Friday. Having led the BBL in assists during February, Chapman added another four to his tally, but it was his trademark shooting prowess from long-range which caught the eye. He finished with a game-high 26 points after managing to make six shots from behind the three-point line, whilst also continuing his usual impressive defensive work by claiming an excellent four steals and three rebounds.
It's been a great first season in the BBL for Alex Owumi and recognition for this comes by way of his fifth BBL Team of the Week appearance. The versatile swingman almost fired his team to the BBL Trophy Final with an inspirational double-double display in the semi-final second leg against Riders. But, despite helping to inflict a first home loss of the season on the hosts, it wasn't enough to overturn the first-leg deficit. Owumi therefore had a bitter-sweet night after a disappointing outcome but a quite wonderful individual haul of 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Our first of two debutantes this week, it's been a strange season for the Heat forward but he has certainly impressed. He was initially brought in as a replacement for injured Martelle McLemore and did great before returning home mid-season and then being brought back for a second time. And, that recent decision to recall him was endorsed after Holmes contributed a typically all-action line of 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal to take down Cheshire Phoenix and end a worrying five game losing streak for his team.
There's a second Heat forward in our starting five this week as Frank joins his namesake for a second appearance of the season, the first having come way back during week five. Holmes was certainly effective under the basket for the hosts in the victory against Phoenix. In fact, he was almost unstoppable against his former club as he made a stunning 10 of 11 inside to claim 22 points. He also came up with four rebounds, three steals and two assists in what was the second best performance of the entire weekend.
Our second BBL Team of the Week debutante, Vanderbeken certainly showed his impressive shooting range against Durham Wildcats at the Emirates Arena. The Rocks's forwad helped the hosts to complete a rout against the visitors from the north-east by sinking four triples and making both attempts inside, en-route to 16 points - his highest so far during his still relatively brief stint with the Scottish side. He also harvested eight rebounds and blocked two shots to help Rocks cement third place in the BBL Championship table.
Off The Bench - Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Zaire Taylor (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Alif Bland (Cheshire Phoenix), Mike Baldarelli (Durham Wildcats), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats), Demetrius Jemison (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles)
The BBL Championship regular season came to a close with an action-packed Sunday with Bristol Flyers sealing the final spot in the Play-Offs. Andreas Kapoulas and his side defeated Surrey Scorchers 71-79 behind a double-double from Hameed Ali as both sides edged out Plymouth Raiders, who saw their season end with a 99-93 loss at Manchester Giants. Leicester Riders were beaten 77-80 at home to Worcester Wolves, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle edged out DBL Sharks Sheffield for an 82-84... [read more]
The BBL Championship regular season came to a close with an action-packed Sunday with Bristol Flyers sealing the final spot in the Play-Offs.
Andreas Kapoulas and his side defeated Surrey Scorchers 71-79 behind a double-double from Hameed Ali as both sides edged out Plymouth Raiders, who saw their season end with a 99-93 loss at Manchester Giants.
Leicester Riders were beaten 77-80 at home to Worcester Wolves, while Esh Group Eagles Newcastle edged out DBL Sharks Sheffield for an 82-84 victory on the road.
Also, Glasgow Rocks came from 20 down to beat London Lions 80-77 with Cheshire Phoenix storming to a 128-77 success over Leeds Force with Mike DiNunno pouring in 34 points.
2017 BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals
Riders (1) v Scorchers (8) Eagles (2) v Flyers (7) Rocks (3) v Lions (6) Sharks (4) v Wolves (5)
All ties will be played over two legs starting next weekend, with exact dates and tip-off times to be confirmed on Monday 24 April. BBL Championship Surrey Scorchers 71 (19,36,50) (McCray 18, Williams 12, Ogedengbe 11) Bristol Flyers 79 (23,36,52) (Ali 19, Smith 16, Cosby/Boggs 13)
Bristol Flyers secured their place in the BBL Play-Offs after beating Surrey Scorchers 71-79 on the road to finish seventh.
Andreas Kapoulas ' side knew that a double-winning weekend would be enough to make the post-season and did exactly that as they followed up a win against Manchester Giants.
The Scorchers had cemented their own spot with a win against Plymouth Raiders on Saturday, and were playing for a higher-placed finish.
Hameed Ali posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 assists, while three other players reached double figures in the win.
The Flyers managed to push ahead by four at the end of the first after an even start, but the game was level at 36 heading into half-time.
The lead changed hands throughout the third quarter with Bristol edging into a two-point lead before quickly opening up a 54-62 advantage in the fourth.
Surrey provided another twist as they closed to within a single point on three occasions late in the game, but Ali closed out the win with a decisive 7-0 run.
Bristol will now face Newcastle in the Play-Offs Quarter-Finals having recovered from a 1-11 start to make the post-season, while Surrey take on league champions, Leicester BBL Championship Leicester Riders 77 (26,47,60) (Bernardini 19, Thomson 16, King 11) Worcester Wolves 80 (21,36,52) (Khan 17, Zeigler 15, Navajas 14)
Worcester Wolves made a return to winning ways as they held on to hand Leicester Riders a first home defeat since December with a 77-80 victory.
Ashton Khan top scored with a 17-point haul having hit a huge triple heading into the final minute with Wolves also welcoming back Maurice Walker to action on court.
The Riders led 20-9 early on before the Wolves cut the gap with a strong finish to the first, though the hosts restored their 11-point lead at the half.
A 16-0 start to the second half saw Worcester take the lead before the Riders responded with 13 straight to end the third up eight. The visitors poured in 28 points in the fourth to power to victory as they finish with 20 league wins.
Tyler Bernardini had a game-high 19 points for the Riders as they drop three of their last four having already secured the league title. BBL Championship DBL Sharks Sheffield 82 (19,42,60) (Rembert 16, Riley 15, Davis 13) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 84 (27,37,66) (Fletcher 28, Martin 15, Behrens/Hart 8)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle closed out their regular season camapign with an 82-84 victory on the road against DBL Sharks Sheffield.
Rahmon Fletcher netted a game-high 28 points as the Eagles followed up Friday's win over Leicester Riders to finish 23-10 on the season.
Scott Martin opened with back-to-back triples in an early 13-0 run from the Eagles before the home side responded to cut the gap and took the lead in the second on an 11-2 run.
The Sharks led by as many as nine points at 53-44 before Fletcher scored 13 points in a pivotal 20-0 reply from Newcastle as they surged into an 11-point lead.
A 5-0 close reduced the deficit and after falling 10 behind once more, the Sharks hit back with a 9-2 run to set up an exciting finish. Rashawn Rembert made it 80-79 in the final minute before Drew Lasker fired Newcastle back ahead from downtown before his free throw sealed the win.
Rembert had 16 points in the loss with Jordan Davis adding 13 points and 10 assists as the Sharks finish in fourth with a 20-13 record behind Glasgow. BBL Championship Glasgow Rocks 80 (16,37,54) (Lescault 19, Achara 17, Bunyan/Watson 15) London Lions 77 (25,49,68) (Hassan 19, Owumi 15, Taylor/Niktash 14)
Glasgow Rocks came from as many as 20 points down to beat London Lions 80-77 for a dramatic final day victory.
The Rocks were 48-68 behind with less than two minutes to go in the third, but battled back with a 26-9 final period to take the win with third place secured earlier in the day.
Glasgow still trailed by 14 heading into the fourth and sealed the win with a 15-2 close in the final six minutes with a couple of huge triples from Jonny Bunyan.
Hayden Lescault top scored with 19 points, while Kieron Achara added 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting as well as eight rebounds, four assists and five blocks i the win.
The Lions looked set to finish with two wins on the weekend before their opponents' stunning rally and the two teams will meet again next week in the Quarter-Finals of the Play-Offs.
BBL Championship Manchester Giants 99 (26,49,75) (Jones 26, Williams 25, Bell/Okoro 13) Plymouth Raiders 93 (28,55,80) (Dixon 29, Corletto 26, Nicholas 14)
Manchester Giants finished a difficult season with a flourish as they claimed a 99-93 victory over Plymouth Raiders.
The Raiders needed a win coupled with a loss for Bristol Flyers to make the post-season, but their campaign ends with double disappointment.
Callum Jones starred with 26 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, while player-coach Yorick Williams fired in seven triples in a 25-point haul.
Plymouth jumped out to a 2-13 start and that would be their largest lead of the game as the Giants battled back and eventually took the lead with a 7-0 start to the fourth.
Cory Dixon had 29 points in vain for the Raiders with Daryl Corletto adding 26 as they finish with a 14-19 record.
BBL Championship Cheshire Phoenix 128 (39,76,101) (DiNunno 34, Brown 26, Allen-Jordan 16) Leeds Force 77 (12,40,59) (Marsden 30, Sanders 20, Matthew 10)
Cheshire Phoenix ended their 2016-17 BBL campaign in style after recording an emphatic 128-77 success against Leeds Force.
Mike DiNunno poured in 34 points in just 22 minutes, while Earl Brown recorded a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds, missing just two shots from the field.
Cheshire scored 39 points in a dominant first quarter and had a commanding 76-40 advantage at the half as they powered their way to a 51-point win.
The visitors were without two starters in Rob Sandoval and Jack Isenbarger as they suffered a heavy defeat to end their campaign.
Rob Marsden led Force with 30 points and 11 rebounds as they finish the season with eight wins to their name, with Cheshire one place ahead in 10th with an 11-22 record.
The final day of the 2016-17 BBL Regular Season on Sunday has seen the line-up for the forthcoming BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals confirmed. 2017 BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals Riders (1) v Scorchers (8) Eagles (2) v Flyers (7) Rocks (3) v Lions (6) Sharks (4) v Wolves (5) All ties will be played over two legs starting next weekend, with exact dates and tip-off times to be confirmed on Monday 24 April. The last two teams standing after the Quarter-Finals and subsequent Semi-Finals, will adv... [read more]
The final day of the 2016-17 BBL Regular Season on Sunday has seen the line-up for the forthcoming BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals confirmed.
2017 BBL Play-Off Quarter-Finals
Riders (1) v Scorchers (8) Eagles (2) v Flyers (7) Rocks (3) v Lions (6) Sharks (4) v Wolves (5)
All ties will be played over two legs starting next weekend, with exact dates and tip-off times to be confirmed on Monday 24 April.
The last two teams standing after the Quarter-Finals and subsequent Semi-Finals, will advance to The 02 in London on Sunday 14 May for the 2017 British Basketball Play-Off Finals, where a record-breaking crowd is being anticipated.
One question has been answered in the race for the BBL Championship Play-off places, as Surrey Scorchers secured their berth with a comprehensive 93-70 defeat of fellow contenders Plymouth Raiders. Scorchers have won eight of their last eleven, led this time by Gabriel McCray's 18 points and a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Chaz Rollins. Elsewhere, Bristol Flyers now also have their destiny in their own hands as an 89-81 overtime victory over Manchester Giants means tha... [read more]
One question has been answered in the race for the BBL Championship Play-off places, as Surrey Scorchers secured their berth with a comprehensive 93-70 defeat of fellow contenders Plymouth Raiders.
Scorchers have won eight of their last eleven, led this time by Gabriel McCray's 18 points and a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Chaz Rollins.
Elsewhere, Bristol Flyers now also have their destiny in their own hands as an 89-81 overtime victory over Manchester Giants means that they, too, can qualify if they beat Scorchers on the final day of the season, or if Raiders lose to Giants. BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers have qualified for the BBL Championship Play-offs after a decisive road win over fellow contenders Plymouth Raiders, 93-70, led by 18 points off the bench for Gabriel McCray and another double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds for Chaz Rollins.
Scorchers have now won eight of their last eleven games and, with this late charge, are one of the teams carrying momentum into the post-season. The defeat, meanwhile, sees Raiders having lost five in a row, slipping out of the Play-off places and hoping results go their way on the final day.
But Surrey had to come from behind in this game, when Raiders led 11-2 after a lightning start in front of a large home crowd, Daryl Corletto scoring five including a three-pointer.
Quincy Taylor's triple sparked the Scorchers, and they turned it around to get in front at 14-12 when Kalil Irving scored seven in a row and his triple capped a 12-1 response, as Plymouth didn't score for nearly five minutes.
And Scorchers took control when they started the second stanza with another 17-2 surge, McCray emerging from the bench to hit consecutive triples in the space of thirty seconds, as the lead reached double-figures at 35-21.
Raiders missed eight of their first ten shots in the period, but an 11-4 finish to the half, sparked by a third Corletto triple, did get them back to 43-34.
But that was as good as it would get. Taylor hit another important trey, and Rollins followed with consecutive scores, to push the lead back out to 59-42 on a run of seven unanswered; before the visitors dominated the fourth quarter.
McCray added six more in an 11-0 burst late on, Tayo Ogendengbe's triple seeing the lead peak at 92-68.
BBL Championship Bristol Flyers 89 (21,33,57,74) (Smith 19, Vigor 18, Cosby 15) Manchester Giants 81 (9,29,53,74) (Trobo 20, Okoro 18, Jones 14) After overtime
Bristol Flyers prevailed through overtime to maintain their BBL Championship Play-off chase, beating Manchester Giants 89-81 in the second game this season that has required an extra period to separate these teams.
It's a fourth win in the last five games for Flyers, who were led by a pair of huge double-doubles from Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska), with 19 points and 21 rebounds, and Michael Vigor, who had 18 points and 14 boards.
And the game had looked comfortable for the hosts when they raced into a 14-2 lead as Vigor scored five early points, including a three-pointer that was added to in-kind by Aaron Cosby as they led 21-9 after ten minutes, captain Greg Streete scoring his 1,000th career BBL point.
But Flyers were shooting only 28%, and that would cost them. Jerelle Okoro's 'and-one' play ignited the Giants, and they had a strong finish to the first half when Callum Jones scored consecutively as the visitors hit the last six points, getting back to 33-29.
Bristol re-established their double-digit lead as Cosby scored eight points, but Giants were much the stronger in the second half. They finished the third period with another 11-2 run, Jones adding six more, and eventually took the lead heading into the final minute of the game as Okoro scored the last four in a 9-2 spell to make the score 71-69.
After Harold Trobo hit a three-pointer, it was up to Smith to tie the game and force overtime with 15 seconds remaining.
And that swung the pendulum, as Flyers managed to carry that momentum through to the end. A Cosby three-pointer gave them the lead for good, as Smith added six more points in overtime in a 10-2 run to settle it.
Flyers will qualify for the Play-offs with a win on the final day against Surrey Scorchers, or if Manchester Giants can reverse their fortunes and beat Plymouth Raiders.
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