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Last:3/29/2017
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 9. Oxford 5-13 
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Points Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 21
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.21.0 
 2. Fletcher, Newcastl.20.8 
 3. Sanders, Leeds F.19.3 
 4. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.9 
 5. Hassan, London L.18.6 
 6. Brown, Cheshire P.18.3 
 7. Grady, Plymouth R.18.2 
 8. Walker, Worceste.18.0 
 9. Parks, Newcastl.17.5 
 10. Cosby, Bristol AF17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice WALKER
  Worceste.
  (208-F/C-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Walker, Worceste.9.5 
 2. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.8.8 
 3. Hassan, London L.8.5 
 4. Marsden, Leeds F.8.3 
 5. Brown, Cheshire P.8.1 
 6. Williams, Surrey S.8.0 
 7. Achara, Glasgow .7.9 
 8. King, Leicester R.7.8 
 9. Rollins, Surrey S.7.7 
 10. Grady, Plymouth R.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rahmon FLETCHER
  Newcastl.
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.6.7 
 2. Taylor, London L.6.2 
 3. Klassen, Worceste.6.2 
 4. Wilcher, Cheshire P.6.0 
 5. Clark, Leicester R.5.8 
 6. Davis, Sheffield S.5.6 
 7. Ali, Bristol AF5.6 
 8. Carter, Plymouth.5.3 
 9. DiNunno, Cheshire.5.2 
 10. Sandoval, Leeds F.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.2.9 
 2. Taylor, London L.2.1 
 3. Ali, Bristol AF2.1 
 4. Nicholas, Plymouth R.2.1 
 5. Carter, Plymouth.2.1 
 6. Sandoval, Leeds F.1.9 
 7. Neighbour, Surrey S.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Bernardini, Leiceste.1.8 
 10. Kennedy, Worceste.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kieron ACHARA
  Glasgow .
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Achara, Glasgow .1.8 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.1.5 
 3. Webster, Manchest.1.4 
 4. Martin, Newcastl.1.1 
 5. Allen-Jordan, Cheshire.0.9 
 6. Grady, Plymouth R.0.9 
 7. Thomas, Glasgow .0.9 
 8. Smith, Bristol AF0.9 
 9. Dixon, Plymouth R.0.9 
 10. Brown, Cheshire P.0.8 

BBL FEEL THE FORCE - May 12, 2016


POSTED BY:
JEFF KING
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Matt Newby
If success is measured in terms of progress then there can be no doubt that the Esh Group sponsored Leeds Force were one of the major success of last season.

In only their second season in The BBL they posted a 14 - 19 record which secured them 8th place in The Championship and their first trip to the end of season play-offs where they lost to BBL Champions Leicester Riders in the first round.

Nevertheless, a superb run of four straight victories to finish the season including a win over Leicester that led to them making the play-offs really showed the progress and potential this Leeds franchise has as they cemented their place as a BBL Club.

The man at the helm calling the plays was Head Coach Matt Newby and in an interview with EuroBasket he gave his views on the 2015/16 season.

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP YOUR SEASON OVERALL?

I think we proved that we could compete consistently in this league which was a genuine aspiration following the close of the 2014 - 15 season and underpinned our goal of reaching the play-offs.

If am honest I think our record could have been even better, there were several games where we just fell short of closing out such as the OT defeat against Worcester at home and the game we lost at the buzzer up at Glasgow's Emirates Arena. Each was a lesson in itself!

As a team I think we delivered in terms of developing individuals and I believe we still remain a great destination for young domestic talent to ply their trade and become a better player.

The latter is important to me personally because it is integral for the development of the game in this country and essential for the evolution of the league and off individual teams.

ONLY TWO SEASONS IN THE BBL AND YOU'VE MADE THE PLAY-OFFS, GREAT PROGRESS?

It's a reflection of our dedication and hard work but also us becoming more accustomed to the BBL climate. We did not join the league to stand still and it was important we looked at ourselves after year one which in itself was not a bad year and evaluate what we could improve.

The 2nd season's success has been born of reflecting on the best and worst of us and making timely adjustments. The play-offs was our target. We proved we were competitive but there is a lot of work to do to establish ourselves as a contender.

That work starts immediately.

WHAT WERE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAST AND THIS SEASON?

In terms of personnel we obviously made some strong changes and attempted to tailor a system that reflected the team's strengths. We had a far stronger return from our forward line 100% domestic in Wells, Marsden, Harris and Anebo.

The perimeter also received an overhaul with Louis Sayers truly coming in to his own following a tempestuous two years at the Plymouth Raiders and obviously the introduction of Marek Klassen and a change of tact with Kwan Waller bore strong returns.

WHAT WERE THE HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS OF YOUR SEASON?

I feel there has been a number of Highs and Lows, but that's basketball, that's professional sports and it's important to be measured about each and understand how each came about.

High Points for me would include the last home tie against Leicester a really great game with and an intense atmosphere, arguable the best game I have been involved in.

The 1 point over time loss against Worcester will be up there as showed how far we had come and gave us confidence to keep pushing and simple seeing the crowd's blossom in the latter part of the season and the engagement of the fans.

The lowlights have been some-what tempered by the outcome of the year but for me it's often the times I missed something or a point where I could have affected the play and didn't. A bad decision or rotation. If those inactions or failed actions have influenced a game I am incredible self-critical and that often consumes me.

DO YOU THINK THE ESH GROUP SPONSORSHIP HAD A POSITIVE EFFECT AND HELPED?


The relationship with ESH is great. We have partner who understands the impact we can have as a sporting club in the community and also one who has a genuine passion to see the game evolve in this country. We have been the beneficiary of an established name in basketball and like minded people.

MOST COACHES DON'T LIKE SINGLING OUT INDIVIDUALS IS THAT THE SAME WITH YOU?

I personally have a belief that players benefit from been identified as a success or failure and in real time it's not personal. As a team we have a collective responsibility to deliver a performance, within that the players have to be individually accountable for their actions attitudes and behaviours.

That said you can reduce cognitive dissonance, poor perception of a situation and breakdowns in communication by singling out the individual and been clear on what your expectations are.

Players have a desire to perform and giving them the truth and genuine explanation of what it is you want is normal.

Sometimes the message itself needs delivering in a certain way appropriate to the individuals DNA but all the same it's not wrong to hold them to account.

WHO MADE THE MOST PROGRESS IN YOUR SQUAD THIS SEASON?

This is an interesting question in my opinion we moved forward together and I could rationalise the development of each player in this unit.

Notably Louis Sayers and Zak Wells made huge shifts in their game and I think that bodes well for their future. Louis in particular had a great year in terms of impacting the game in multiple areas.

Zak showed steady progression throughout and I feel that both are beneficiaries of the environment we created.

WAS THE SIGNING OF MAREK KLASSEN THE TURNING POINT AND HOW DID YOU FIND HIM?

Marek's arrival was integral to our season opening up the way it did, he is genuinely a gifted player who is prepared to facilitate for his team and capable of filling multiple areas statistically. The fact was we needed a lead guard who understood what we were trying to do.
The team were automatically beneficiaries of Marek's arrival. His basketball IQ and natural ability to run a team elevated the pressure on people to make critical decisions on court consistently and that's what good point guards do they find a way to pay their team mates.

We saw increased outputs from the offence and a lot more freedom in peoples individual games as the system and personnel clicked.

His film stood out amongst around a hundred others I had viewed in January, I knew we needed to add a player who would be prepared to come in and fulfil a leadership role whilst giving us numbers.

The ability to create and score jumped out at me as did the work rate enthusiasm and hard-nosed defence. His agent was trying to place him for several months following his release in Romania and once he visited and we had a look at him in person it was an easy decision to make.

MOVING FORWARD YOU'VE SET THE BAR HIGH FOR NEXT SEASON?

We have made solid progress in consecutive seasons, this has been achieved through hard work and a diligent approach and I am hopeful that these humble values will continue to underpin what we do. The reality is we have to push even harder to crack the top 6.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE SUMMER?

Right now we have to hit the ground running it's about retention and recruitment, keeping an eye on the opposition and tracking their signings and understanding what they are trying to do.

Working with the players we are retaining and pushing them through the summer. Identifying the young talent in our own program who may be able to make the jump up to The BBL.

Speaking to player's, coaches and agents alike looking for players who are the right fit and add value both on and off the court and reflecting on my own coaching and aiming to improve my own output.

It's a busy time but we are a young program and need to prepare will if we wish to ascend in this league.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR NEXT SEASON?

That we continue to maintain an upwards trajectory and remain competitive in a league which is really beginning to show growth. I would like to think we can continue to create upsets, place higher in the table and develop our presence on a regional and national level.

The depth and intelligence of Coach Newby's answers show a man committed to the cause and a man that is clear in what he feels his Club and himself need to do to push themselves forward and build on what they've achieved this season.

Leeds Force is a basketball organisation that has impressed everyone in the way they've approached their elevation to professional BBL status and with Matt Newby at the helm and the attitudes of those around him Leeds look like being a force for some time to come.
  




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