There's a certain BBL Trophy Final MVP this week and a couple of players who had such a good weekend, they met the criteria twice over.
BJ Holmes (One Health Sharks Sheffield; pictured)
Yes, it's the most apt starting point for our fabulous five as the MVP and game winner of the 2013 BBL Trophy Final takes his place in our line-up. Holmes held his nerve in front of 5,000 fans to sink the decisive free-throws which put One Health Sharks Sheffield on top of the podium and ended any prospect of a Riders clean sweep. In addition to showing his ice cool composure in crunch time, Holmes also had 25 points, mainly via some devastating perimeter shooting. He made five triples from just seven attempts and also added seven rebounds and three assists on a memorable afternoon at the Emirates Arena.
It's so often the case that players return to haunt their former clubs and this was most definitely the case for Williams who stung Cheshire Phoenix with a game-winning display for Worcester Wolves who rolled to an impressive eighth BBL Championship victory in a row. The visitors racked up a huge 121 points, of which 29 were expertly crafted by the shooting ace. He was a real thorn in the side of his ex-employers and a danger from all over the floor as Phoenix struggled to shackle him. Williams didn't just amass an excellent points contribution, he also claimed seven rebounds, dished up four assists, grabbed a steal and even come up with a rare blocked shot to secure his debut BBL Team of the Week berth.
It was an outstanding weekend for the small forward both individually and for his team. Holmes was so good that he produced two performances good enough to get into our starting five. Firstly, he was the main man in the terrific win on Tyneside against Newcastle Eagles, with 19 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals, but then went even better 48 hours later against Mersey Tigers. He finished with 26 points from an efficient 8 of 11 floor shooting at the hoop, knocked down a couple of triples and continued with his usually impressive all round game, by adding six rebounds, five assists four steals and two blocks.
As was the case with Travis Holmes, the Wolves forward conjured up two wonderful displays over the weekend, both worthy of inclusion in our starting five. Having been the main architect of the win last Friday against London Lions, he followed this up with another exceptional effort 24 hours later to take down Cheshire Phoenix. In fact, Ocitti came up with the best performance of the entire weekend in the BBL as he showed his shooting range with a stunning six triples from eight attempts. His 27 point haul was complimented by five assists and he completed a double-double by adding 10 rebounds for good measure.
The forward could barely miss during a real purple patch of shooting in last Sunday's comfortable home success against Mersey Tigers. It's little surprise he gets into our starting five for the third time this season, after making a terrific seven of eight from the floor on a great shooting night. Despite playing limited minutes as Heat head coach Creon Raftopoulos rotated his bench, Cricelli still managed to find a noteworthy seven rebounds, five assists and three steals to help his side move back into the top four of the BBL Championship standings.
Off The Bench - Andrew Keister (Durham Wildcats), Arturas Masiulis (Worcester Wolves), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats), Gabe Haskins (Cheshire Phoenix), Rod Brown (London Lions), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Kareem Maddox (Newcastle Eagles)
There was drama on Saturday night as Bristol Flyers' clinched an exciting first ever home win in the BBL Championship against London Lions as a buzzer-beating three-point shot from Brandon Boggs (196-G-92, college: W.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency) facilitated a 73-72 triumph. The other big headline was BBL Trophy holders Leicester Riders moving forcibly towards a return to the Final of the competition next month. A Taylor King double-double paved the way for a comfortable 91-71 succe... [read more]
There was drama on Saturday night as Bristol Flyers' clinched an exciting first ever home win in the BBL Championship against London Lions as a buzzer-beating three-point shot from Brandon Boggs (196-G-92, college: W.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency) facilitated a 73-72 triumph.
The other big headline was BBL Trophy holders Leicester Riders moving forcibly towards a return to the Final of the competition next month. A Taylor King double-double paved the way for a comfortable 91-71 success in the first leg of their Semi-Final with Cheshire Phoenix.
Elsewhere, an eye-catching 28 points from Danny Huffor handed Worcester Wolves and 89-77 victory at Surrey Scorchers in the league, with the visitors completing a 3-0 BBL Championship sweep against their fellow Play-Off contenders.
Reigning BBL Trophy winners Leicester Riders look like they have one foot in another Final after taking a commanding 91-71 win in the first leg of their Semi-Final match-up with Cheshire Phoenix.
Taking advantage of the return of captain Tyler Bernardini and their opponents being without head coach Robbie Peers due to personal reasons, they wasted little time in getting onto the front foot and taking control.
Once again Taylor King proved handful and the forward was into double-figures by half-time as the hosts jumped into the box-seat with a handy 46-32 advantage.
While Cheshire worked hard to try and slow down their opponents, they had no answer and the hosts kept their foot on the gas, with King recording a 19-point and 11-rebound double-double.
The second leg takes place at Cheshire Oaks Arena at 5.30pm on Sunday, with Riders looking to finish the job and set up a meeting against Plymouth Raiders in the Final.
For the first time since becoming a BBL club, fans at Bristol Flyers watched their team record a historic BBL Championship success against London Lions on their home floor.
And, it came in the most dramatic fashion as Brandon Boggs launched a buzzer-beating triple to seal an absorbing 73-72 victory and break Lions' hearts.
For much of the game it had looked like Flyers would break their hoodoo in comfort and not least when they had fashioned a double-digit lead at half-time, as they headed into the third quarter with a nice cushion to lean on.
But, Lions had other ideas and came storming back to get themselves back into contention. Both a jump-shot by Zaire Taylor in crunch time and having shut down the Flyers offence to just eight points in the last nine minutes and 59 seconds of the contest, it looked like they would take a two-point win.
However, Boggs stepped up from the wing and hit the clutch-shot as the clock counted down, to spark scenes of jubilation at the WISE Arena.
Worcester Wolves strengthened seventh spot in the BBL standings after a powerful final quarter killed-off a comeback bid by Surrey Scorchers to seal a fine 77-89 road victory.
Having won their two previous meetings against their Play-Off rivals in the league, Paul James and his side made it three as they hit the ground running - perhaps capitalising on the momentum of their Trophy win on BBC Sport against Plymouth Raiders 24 hours earlier.
They raced into a 20-7 lead after the opening exchanges and while Scorchers looked like they might close the gap after an improved middle couple of quarters which cut the gap to just four points heading into the last period, Wolves shifted back up the gears to ease away again.
Danny Huffor continued his rich vein of form with a 28-point haul for Wolves.
Plymouth Raiders advanced to their first BBL final for five years as they overcame Worcester Wolves, despite losing 90-83 in the second leg. The Raiders had an 18-point cushion from the first leg but saw that advantage wiped out inside the first 15 minutes before recovering to complete the job. Donte Nicholas and Cory Dixon combined for 45 points for Plymouth, while Trevor Setty(203-G/F-89, college: Pikeville) had a game-high 26 points in an inspired display for the Wolves. Worcester m... [read more]
Plymouth Raiders advanced to their first BBL final for five years as they overcame Worcester Wolves, despite losing 90-83 in the second leg.
The Raiders had an 18-point cushion from the first leg but saw that advantage wiped out inside the first 15 minutes before recovering to complete the job.
Donte Nicholas and Cory Dixon combined for 45 points for Plymouth, while Trevor Setty (203-G/F-89, college: Pikeville) had a game-high 26 points in an inspired display for the Wolves.
Worcester made a strong start with an 8-2 opening to make their intentions clear early. The home side moved ahead by 11 with Setty impressing at both ends, whilst netting back-to-back threes.
Jermel Kennedy connected with his second to end the first with Worcester up 11 before they levelled the tie on aggregate with an 11-2 run to make it 43-25 on the night.
The visitors responded with a 10-0 run as Rhys Carter came up with a couple of big triples with Worcester hindered by foul trouble, despite their nine-point advantage at the half.
Wolves started the third with an 8-0 run to move back ahead by 17, but Nicholas hit back with two threes as the visitors kept their overall lead in tact.
Carter threw an impressive half-court alley-oop, finished by Dixon, then knocked down a three to spark Plymouth as they levelled on the night with a 13-2 run to start the fourth period.
The Wolves refused to give in a 13-2 run of their own made it 87-76 inside the final two minutes, but they ultimately fell short as the Raiders sealed the overall success.
Plymouth will play either Leicester Riders or Cheshire Phoenix in the Final at the Emirates Arena on March 19.
The BBL Trophy Final is the goal. The Emirates Arena is the destination. And four teams are locked in a battle this weekend to get there. Plymouth Raiders hold the advantage over Worcester Wolves as they take an 18-point lead into tonight's second leg, which can be seen live on BBC Sport. The Wolves need to win the leg by 19 points to advance to the final with the Raiders looking to end a five-year wait since their last final in 2012. Daniel Huffor(193-G/F-87, college: Newberry) has ca... [read more]
The BBL Trophy Final is the goal. The Emirates Arena is the destination. And four teams are locked in a battle this weekend to get there.
Plymouth Raiders hold the advantage over Worcester Wolves as they take an 18-point lead into tonight's second leg, which can be seen live on BBC Sport.
The Wolves need to win the leg by 19 points to advance to the final with the Raiders looking to end a five-year wait since their last final in 2012.
Daniel Huffor (193-G/F-87, college: Newberry) has called for his side to remain calm and stick to their game-plan rather than panic about the first-leg deficit.
"We know Plymouth will be a great test so we need to come in very focused and prepared with very little margin of error in the game," he said.
"We can't come in thinking we are down 18 and need home run plays right away. Our defence is key - if we can limit them and get easy transition points, we will have a chance.
"We just need to play our game-plan and see where we are in the fourth quarter and go from there."
Meanwhile, Leicester Riders and Cheshire Phoenix go head-to-head in a back-to-back with the first leg at the Leicester Sports Arena on Saturday.
The Riders have won both league meetings so far, but Phoenix have since strengthened and also have two former Leicester players amongst their ranks.
"We know it's going to be a competitive weekend with the chance of getting to final, which is always exciting," said Riders head coach, Rob Paternostro.
"They are an explosive team and defensively, we are going to have to be really solid."
There are also four league games taking place this weekend.
Bristol Flyers host London Lions on Saturday with the head-to-head on the line when they meet, while two teams in desperate need of a win clash as Manchester Giants welcome Leeds Force.
Also, Plymouth are back in action with a trip to Scotland to take on Glasgow Rocks on Sunday with Surrey Scorchers playing at home to Worcester tomorrow having seen Will Neighbour depart to New Zealand during the week.
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