After losing in last year's BBL Trophy final, Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' centre Anthony Rowe (203-F-85, college: N.Georgia) is looking to finally even things up when his side face One Health Sharks Sheffield in Saturday's final.
The big man joined from UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders early in the season having lost in the both the BBL Cup and Trophy final with the West Country outfit, and having already won the Cup with Riders, Rowe can know firmly lay last season's ghosts to rest:
"For me it's great getting to another final, and I hope I can even things up after last year" he said. "It's something I've longed for. I've always wanted to be on a team that would compete in finals and be up there in the league. I did it last year with a different team, but now I'm with Riders, it feels right. We're a winning team, we deserve to be here and we're determined to take home another trophy."
Despite four Riders' victories in games between the two sides this year, Rowe isn't taking Sharks lightly: "We've played them four times and we've won pretty comfortably each time. It's one of those things where if we come in too complacent we could be the victim of an upset. We have to maintain focus and concentration, it's a cup final there's no tomorrow.
"They have some big time players and scorers if they're feeling extra good. You know it will really matter to them because it could make their season, and maybe they should be higher than eighth.
"No one guy has stood out for them against us, although BJ Holmes has had some good games since coming it. They're good down low with Demetrius Williams and Mike Tuck. Mike's been to finals and won, he won't be afraid to take the big shot."
The Riders faced two tough semi-finals against Worcester Wolves to reach Saturday's final, with Rowe and his team winning by seven points on aggregate and he admitted that the Wolves had been difficult opponents: "They were two really tough games. We had the game down in Worcester first and they're a big physical team. It was a real battle - there's no other way of putting it - and we were down for a spell but we kept fighting and took a nine point lead into the second leg.
"They gave us confidence, knowing we could beat them, but it was clearly desperation stakes for them and they came out all guns blazing. We had a ten point lead early in the game, but they kept coming back and they're such a good three point shooting team it's tough to put a game away.
"They closed the gap to four points at half-time and they did really well to beat us on the night."
Rowe admitted he had mixed feeling about losing the second leg: "We don't ever want to lose, but we had to play to the aggregate score in the final two minutes. If we'd gone for the win on the night, we'd have given them more time to get back into the tie. We needed to be smart and not let our price get in the way. It's unfortunate we lost, and our winning streak is over, but we're playing in a final on Saturday."
Glasgow Rocks (BBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Neil Watson (180-73kg-91, college: S.Mississippi) from Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. In 33 BBL games in United Kingdom he had 14.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Watson was voted Kansas C... [read more]
Glasgow Rocks (BBL) agreed terms with 25-year old American point guard Neil Watson (180-73kg-91, college: S.Mississippi) from Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. In 33 BBL games in United Kingdom he had 14.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.6spg (in top 5) last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Watson was voted Kansas City Kansan's 4A Player of the Year back in 2009 at his college time. Watson graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
The Pacers and Nuggets will play a regular-season game in London - 2 days ago
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This season's NBA Global Games slate will once again feature a regular-season contest in London, with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets getting tapped to head across the pond and square off at O2 Arena on Jan. 12, 2017. 'We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 'With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which ha... [read more]
This season's NBA Global Games slate will once again feature a regular-season contest in London, with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets getting tapped to head across the pond and square off at O2 Arena on Jan. 12, 2017. 'We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 'With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.' While Indiana has played preseason contests in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Germany and Spain, this marks the first time that the Pacers have headed overseas for regular-season duty and, as it happens, they'll be following in the footsteps of their NFL counterpart, the Indianapolis Colts, who'll take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in October. The chance to watch Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.), one of the stars of the U.S. men's national basketball team heavily favored to win gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month, figures to be one of the signature draws for the London audience. It's the Nuggets' roster, though, that features plenty of European flair, led by Italian scorer Danilo Gallinari, a pair of talented Southeastern European centers in Serbia's Nikola Jokic and Bosnia's Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94), and Frenchmen Joffrey Lauvergne (6'11''-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) and Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92, agency: Comsport). Denver also features talented young guards Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris and 2016 first-round pick Jamal Murray, as well as power forward Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.), who won gold as a member of Team USA at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. 'It will be a true honor and a great experience to represent both the Nuggets and the NBA in London as part of the NBA Global Games in 2017,' Gallinari said in a statement. 'Our entire team and organization are looking forward to this opportunity to showcase our league to fans overseas.' This will be the NBA's seventh regular-season game in London. Last year's edition saw the Toronto Raptors knock off the Orlando Magic; games from earlier years have featured the New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons, making the Nuggets the first Western Conference team ever to make the trip for a 'home' game far, far away from home. The 2017 Global Games calendar will also once again include a return to Mexico City. The Phoenix Suns will play 'host' to both the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in mid-January, marking the first time ever that the NBA has played two regular-season games in Mexico. Courtesy of: yahoo.com
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