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BBL Standings
 1. Leicester R. 27-6 
 2. Newcastle E. 23-10 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 21-12 
 4. Sheffield S. 20-13 
 5. Worcester W. 20-13 
 6. London Lions 18-15 
 7. Bristol AF 16-17 
 8. Surrey S. 15-18 
 9. Plymouth R. 14-19 
 10. Cheshire P. 11-22 
 11. Leeds Force 8-26 
 12. Manchester G. 5-28 
NBL D1 Standings
 1. Northumbria 23-3 
 2. Manchester M. 21-5 
 3. Reading R. 20-6 
 4. Derby T. 16-10 
 5. Loughborough 15-11 
 6. Solent K. 15-11 
 7. Bradford D. 14-12 
 8. Hemel Storm 13-13 
 9. Leicester W. 11-15 
 10. London Lituanica 11-15 
 11. Lancashire S 7-19 
 12. Worthing T. 7-19 
 13. Essex L. 6-20 
 14. Westminster W. 2-24 
NBL D2 Standings
 1. Kent C. 19-3 
 2. Team Newcastle U. 19-3 
 3. Thames Valley C. 18-4 
 4. Ipswich T. 12-10 
 5. London W. 11-11 
 6. Nottingham H. 10-12 
 7. Tees Valley M. 9-13 
 8. Derbyshire A. 8-14 
 9. London GP 8-14 
 10. Liverpool 7-15 
 11. Doncaster DE 6-16 
 12. Newham N. 5-17 
NBL D3 Standings
 1. Team Birmingham 17-3 
 2. Charnwood R. 16-4 
 3. Chester 16-4 
 4. Stoke-on-Trent K. 14-5 
 5. Birmingham M. 11-9 
 6. Myerscough 9-11 
 7. Worcester W.2 9-11 
 8. Sheffield S. 2 8-12 
 9. Coventry T. 7-13 
 10. Mansfield G. 2-18 
 11. Sefton Stars 0-19 
 1. Middlesex LTBC 15-3 
 2. Sussex B. 13-5 
 3. Solent 12-5 
 4. Brunel 11-7 
 5. Cardiff MA 10-8 
 6. Southwark P. 9-8 
 7. Greenwich T. 8-10 
 8. Northants T. 5-13 
 9. Oxford 5-13 
 10. Thames Valley C. 2 1-17 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  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
  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
  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
  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 .
  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 

Brice Optimistic After Tough Week - Nov 6, 2016

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It's been a tough start to life in the 2016/17 season for Cheshire Phoenix after much optimism following their summer recruitment and installation of ex-Cheshire playing star Colin O'Reilly as Head Coach.

The currently sit at a 2 - 5 record in The BBL Championship and on Friday night crashed out of The BBL Cup 95 - 85 despite a heroic effort away at Esh Group Eagles Newcastle where a tough task was made all the tougher after Phoenix surprisingly cut small forward Josh Fox from their roster.

Fox who had been playing over 32 minutes a game for The Phoenix averaging 14 points and 6.6 rebounds a game found his numbers and perhaps more importantly his style was not suited to what Cheshire needed and in his last game a home loss v Plymouth only played 25 minutes scoring five points.

Phoenix have also lost James Batish and Kaj-Bjorn Sherman from their original line-up leaving them with a very short bench of five senior players and three juniors at O'Reilly's disposal. Clearly it's a situation that needs to change.

EuroBasket caught up with General Manager James Brice immediately after the loss at Newcastle and he gave his thoughts on the game and the future for Cheshire going forwards.

'First of all I have to say I was really proud of the players tonight. We came here and dug deep. A short rotation and a short bench but we stuck together this week as a group in practice. We knew we were in for a tough time coming here against Newcastle but we're really proud of the effort and we can crack on from here.'

With no Batish, Sherman and now Fox seemingly on his way are Cheshire looking to bring players in?

'We're always looking to improve the squad and we're in the market for players. I was pretty open about that last week with our home press. We're looking to bring a couple of players in, maybe three if we can and we're always looking to improve.'

'Obviously it's disappointing when you bring guys in and it doesn't quite work out but that happens and we'll learn from that again so yes we're definitely looking to add to the squad and make a run for it in the next three quarters of the season.'

Cheshire now have a two-week break for Brice and O'Reilly to consider their options and are apparently very close to signing their first replacement but it won't be O'Reilly himself stepping up to become Player-Coach.

'It's a question I've been asked a lot and it's a question I've put to him as well. We even spoke about it when we interviewed him for the Coach's job about him kitting up but I can't see it happening to be honest.'

'As I say we have spoke about it and I think he could still do it in this league. Obviously he's not old, he's only 32 years of age but he just wants to concentrate on coaching and we're happy for him to do that.'

'He's not happy with the way things have gone but he's fully involved in all the discussions. He's settled in really well and knows the area and The Club really well. This is a real long-term project here at The Phoenix.'

'In the past few years it hasn't quite been that and there have been a lot of changes. So now we're looking for stability and Colin's a big part of that program and he's really buying in to that.'
'All the decision on the playing side are his and supported by The Club whatever decision he makes and we're all looking long-term right now..'

'There's still a lot to play for this season and we've certainly not written it off this early. We've got to focus on the league and finish as high up as we can and we're looking at The Trophy as well. That's a competition that's close to The Club's heart.'

'We won it four times in a row in the past a few years ago. We're really looking to crack on this year, address our issues as soon as we can and make a statement once we've finalised the roster. Colin's confident, we're confident to see what the team can produce.'

It certainly hasn't been all doom and gloom for Phoenix this season. New Captain Jamell Anderson has made a very big and mature contribution since coming over from Leicester and he's been joined by Raheem May-Thompson who's certainly showing what it takes at BBL level.

'Raheem is a complete breath of fresh air on and off the court. He was in a situation at Leicester where he wasn't playing many minutes and when he was they weren't important minutes. We saw something that we really thought we could get out of him.'

'He's been a great addition and a massive upgrade to our team so far. He had another massive double-double again tonight (17 points and 15 rebounds) so he's really shining.

'It's really good that The Club is making moves for players like him, a British player, and putting confidence in in him to play in this league and he's producing and doing it justice. We're really happy with Raheem and he's someone that long-term we'd like to keep hold off.'

Identifying the right players to fit a plan and a Coach's style is one thing but being able to bring them in is another. But despite the start and the problems they've had Brice is still optimistic about The Phoenix's future.

'Definitely, very confident. Like I said it's a long-term project that we're looking for and we're confident that the changes that we're making or have made are going to improve the team and The Club going forward. We've got a young Coach who's hungry and wants to win and who wants to be here and improve The Club on and off the court so we're very optimistic about the future.'

It is very refreshing in a cut-throat success at all costs world to hear that a Club is willing to take short-term pain for long-term gain and with Brice at the helm and O'Reilly buying in then it seems Cheshire Phoenix and their fans can look forward to a bright future.   

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