#1. This week's number one is former international forward Myles Hesson (198-90, currently plays in France). He led Gravelines-Dunkerque to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-9) 82-81 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game.
Hesson recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 31 minutes on the court.
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (11-8) is placed fifth in the ProA.
Hesson has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 73.8% in 19 games he played so far.
He played for the British senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-92, college: Rider, currently plays in Italy). Okereafor contributed to a The Flexx PT's victory against the 12th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-10) 77-64 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night.
He recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes.
The Flexx Pistoia (10-9) is placed eighth in the Serie A.
This year Okereafor averages: 5.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% in nine games.
He is in the roster of the British senior national team.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Ryan Martin (206-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France). Martin led STB Le Havre to a victory against the closely-ranked Lille Metropole (10-8) 72-65 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
STB Le Havre (10-8) is placed fourth in the ProB.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
This season Martin has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 88.9%.
He has a dual citizenship: Jamaican and British.
Former Hackney White Heat starter played for the British U20 national team seven years ago.
#4. Forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Lavrio's victory against the closely-ranked AGOR (7-10) 73-62 in the Greek A1 last Saturday.
Hamilton scored 11 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes.
GS Lavrio (7-10) is placed seventh in the A1.
This year Hamilton's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 4.4rpg in 17 games.
He is also British national team player.
#5. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan) helped Fukuoka Rizing win their game against the closely-ranked Tokyo HT (14-10) crushing them 81-56 in the Japanese B League D3 on Thursday night.
Bryan-Amaning recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fukuoka Rizing (21-3) is placed first in the B League D3.
It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row.
Bryan-Amaning has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3bpg.
Bryan-Amaning is another player who holds two passports: Ghanian and British.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Guard Jordan Spencer (188-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Augustana College, SD win their game against the Southwest Minnesota State University 97-79 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
Spencer scored 39 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 36 minutes.
The Augustana College, SD has a solid 14-6 record this season.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Spencer has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.0apg and 1.6spg in 20 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the British team three years ago.
#7. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) could not help Unieuro Forli (4-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Adegboye's very good performance the 16th-placed Unieuro Forli (4-16) was edged 82-80 on the road by the much higher-ranked Roseto (#7) in the East group.
He was the second best scorer with 23 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). It was his first game for Unieuro Forli this season.
Adegboye is also British national team player.
#8. Forward Carl Wheatle (196-98, currently plays in Italy) helped Angelico Biella win their game against the 16th-ranked Agropoli (5-16) 88-78 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He scored 7 points.
Angelico Biella (16-5) is placed first in West group.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Wheatle's fourth season with the team.
Wheatle's total stats this year are: 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg.
He plays currently for the British U18 national team.
#9. Former international guard Luke Nelson (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Cal-Irvine win their game against the University of Hawaii (4-7) 72-58 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Nelson recorded 29 points (!!!) in 28 minutes.
The University of California-Irvine has a solid 8-3 conference record this season.
Nelson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Cal-Irvine's roster.
He has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg in eight games.
Nelson used to play for the British national team
three years ago.
#10. Point guard Andrew Lawrence (185-90, agency: Two Points, college: Charleston, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chalons-Reims in their game against Paris-Levallois (11-8) in the French ProA.
He recorded 9 points and added 5 assists.
But Chalons-Reims was defeated 94-88 at home by the much higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#6).
It was Chalons-Reims' third consecutive loss in a row.
Lawrence's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#11. International center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece) helped Panionios win their game against the 13th-ranked Kavala crushing them 73-50 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Alihodzic scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes.
Alihodzic averaged so far 12.9ppg and 5.9rpg in 16 games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#12. Former U20 international forward Jesse Chuku (203-93, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kolossos HH in their game against Olympiacos in the Greek A1.
He scored 5 points in 15 minutes.
His team lost 59-70.
This year Chuku's total stats are: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg in 15 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2012.
#13. Former international swingman Morayo Soluade (196-95, currently plays in Spain) led Burgos to a victory over the closely-ranked Gipuzkoa 85-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game.
Soluade was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and added 7 assists.
Soluade has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the British national team
two years ago.
#14. International point guard Justin Robinson (185-87, agency: Promotex, college: Rider, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Doxa Lefkadas (3-14) in their last game. Despite Robinson's good performance the bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas lost 65-69 on their home court in Lefkadas to the higher-ranked (#10) Koroivos.
He scored 10 points in 30 minutes.
Robinson averaged so far 12.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.5apg in 17 games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#15. Former international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Sacramento Kings in the NBA.
Deng scored only 4 points.
His team were edged 97-96 in the NBA.
He averaged so far 7.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Deng used to play for the British national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have British passport but never been selected to any of British national teams:
#1. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-PF-78, agency: DTMones, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Chile) led Universidad de Concepcion to a victory over the fifth-ranked CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (9-23) 83-75 in the Chilean Liga Nacional last Sunday.
Phillip was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds. Phillip also added 2 blocks.
CD Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) is placed second in Conferencia Centro.
Phillip has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 24.0ppg, 13.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3bpg and 1.3spg.
Phillip is a naturalized American.
Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.
#2.Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in a Gmunden Swans' victory against the sixth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-11) 74-68 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night.
He recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes.
Basket Swans Gmunden (15-6) is placed second in the A Bundesliga.
Ojo has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 3.8apg in five games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Ojo used to play for Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in British league.
#3.Kofi Josephs (198-G-91, college: Fort Lewis, currently plays in Germany) could not help Hertener Loewen (8-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Josephs' very good performance Hertener Loewen (#11) was defeated 80-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Muenster (#11) in the West group.
He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Josephs also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
It's Josephs' first season with the team.
This year he has very high stats. Josephs averages: 16.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg.
#4.Nicholas Spires (210-C-94, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a 3-point Sodertalje Kings' victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (13-10) 71-68 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game.
He scored 11 points, had 9 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 22 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (15-6) is placed third in the Basketligan.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
Spires has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.8bpg in 20 games.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Swedish.
#5.Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in Eskilstuna's victory against the seventh-ranked Talje Knights (3-8) crushing them 83-62 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Wednesday night.
Kouagnia was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 21 rebounds. Kouagnia also added 6 assists.
Eskilstuna Basket (9-1) is placed second in BEHS forts group.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Kouagnia has very high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 12.6rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg.
Kouagnia is another player who holds two passports: British and Cameroonian.
#6.Deane Williams (203-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Augusta University's victory against the Armstrong Atlantic State University 88-76 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He scored 12 points, had 8 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 2 shots (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes.
Williams has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games.
#7.Joshua Palmer (201-F, college: Drury, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Drury University's surprising victory against the McKendree University 86-73 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night.
He recorded 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes.
Palmer averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg in 17 games.
#8.Edward Alade (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Navy win their game against the Loyola College 62-59 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Alade has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.0rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Alade has never played in United Kingdom.
#9.Akeem Williams (178-PG-91, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in France) was not able to help Hyeres-Toulon in their game against JDA Dijon in the French ProA.
He recorded only 4 points.
His team was defeated 78-72.
Williams has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Williams has never played in United Kingdom.
#10.Chris Tawiah (208-C-93, college: Wiley, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for BK Lions Hradec in their game against Basketbal Svitavy in the Czech Republic NBL.
He scored 6 points in only 13 minutes.
His team lost 76-80.
Tawiah has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 6.5rpg in 23 games.
Just four teams remain in the BBL Play-Offs after London Lions, Leicester Riders, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle and Worcester Wolves advanced to the Semi-Finals. Leicester defeated Surrey Scorchers 94-58 in convincing fashion with a balanced attack, and they will face London next as they went through despite a 71-62 loss away at Glasgow Rocks. Worcester completed a four-point aggregate win against DBL Sharks Sheffield as Danny Huffor netted 23 points in an 86-84 home victory. Also, the Ea... [read more]
Just four teams remain in the BBL Play-Offs after London Lions, Leicester Riders, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle and Worcester Wolves advanced to the Semi-Finals.
Leicester defeated Surrey Scorchers 94-58 in convincing fashion with a balanced attack, and they will face London next as they went through despite a 71-62 loss away at Glasgow Rocks.
Worcester completed a four-point aggregate win against DBL Sharks Sheffield as Danny Huffor netted 23 points in an 86-84 home victory.
Also, the Eagles held off Bristol Flyers with an 84-82 triumph with a combined 46 points from Darius Defoe (204-F-84) and Rahmon Fletcher helping them through.
BBL Play-Off Semi-Finals
Riders (1) v Lions (6) Eagles (2) v Wolves (5)
Dates and times of games will be confirmed on Monday 01 May
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, Second Leg Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 84 (21,46,67) (Defoe 26, Fletcher 20, Parks 12) Bristol Flyers 82 (26,47,65) (Ali 24, Boggs 20, Cosby 12)
Eagles win 181-176 on aggregate.
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle secured a spot in the Play-Offs Semi-Finals after beating Bristol Flyers 84-82 at Sport Central for a five-point aggregate triumph.
The Eagles had led by as many as 33 points in the First Leg before Bristol's revival and the Second Leg proved to be a close-fought battle throughout.
Darius Defoe produced a big performance for the Eagles with 26 points and 10 rebounds with Rahmon Fletcher adding nine assists along with 20 points.
It was Bristol who made a bright start with a 2-9 run to take the lead in the tie for the first time and they were still ahead by the end of the first quarter at 21-26.
The Flyers restored their seven-point lead at 30-37 before the Eagles rallied with a 11-2 run, though they would trail by one at the half.
The lead continued to change hands throughout the third with Newcastle taking a two-point advantage into the final period. The Eagles led 78-69 midway through the fourth, but the Flyers set an exciting finish with an 11-2 run to take the lead.
However, the hosts held their nerve with Fletcher icing the win with three free throws as Eagles advanced.
Hameed Ali finished with 24 for the Flyers as their valiant effort fell short to end their third campaign in the BBL.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, Second Leg Glasgow Rocks 71 (12,32,53) (Watson 23, Lescault 15, Thomas 14) London Lions 62 (10,33,45) (Taylor 20, Hassan 13, Owumi 11)
Lions win 153-141 on aggregate.
London Lions moved into the Semi-Finals of the Play-Offs, despite suffering a 71-62 defeat away at Glasgow Rocks in the Second Leg.
The damage in the tie had been done in the First Leg with the Lions up 21 and it proved to be too big a deficit for the Rocks to overcome.
Neil Watson led the Rocks with 23 points in Sunday's victory with Kieron Achara contributing a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rocks edged a low-scoring opening period, but the visitors turned things around in the second to go into half-time ahead by a single point.
Glasgow surged clear in the third after holding the Lions to just 12 points with a Watson triple at the buzzer making it 53-45 with the overall lead down to 13.
The lead on the night peaked at 12 points at 61-49, but could not make any further inroads despite completing a victory to end their campaign.
Zaire Taylor top scored for the Lions with 20 points as they advance to a Semi-Final showdown with Leicester Riders. BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, Second Leg Worcester Wolves 86 (21,50,70) (Huffor 23, Klassen 14, Setty 13) DBL Sharks Sheffield 84 (16,34,54) (Riley 23, Tuck 15, Rembert/Sing 13)
Wolves win 159-155 on aggregate.
Worcester Wolves followed up their First Leg victory with an 86-84 win over DBL Sharks Sheffield to advance to the Semi-Finals.
The Wolves led by as many as 19 points on the night and had to hold off a late fightback from the Sharks to knock out the defending champions with a four-point aggregate success.
Danny Huffor top scored with 23 points with three other players in double figures as the Wolves continued their impressive form of late with another victory.
The home side led by five after the first 10 minutes and pulled clear late in the second with a 19-3 burst as they built a 50-34 half-time advantage.
After a 20-20 third period, Wolves moved into a 76-57 lead with 7:35 left on the clock before the Sharks cut the gap with a 14-2 run.
Triples from Malcolm Riley and Zach Gachette made it a one-point game and a free throw from Trevor Setty was enough to secure the win on the night and overall.
Riley had 23 points for the Sharks, but their loss means there will be new Play-Off champions this season.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, Second Leg Leicester Riders 94 (28,51,75) (Bernardini/Washington/Thomson 14) Surrey Scorchers 58 (12,25,45) (Ogedengbe 21, Taylor 17, Williams/Rollins 7)
Riders win 167-131 on aggregate.
Leicester Riders secured their place in the Play-Offs Semi-Finals in dominant fashion as they defeated Surrey Scorchers 94-58 in the Second Leg.
The tie was evenly poised after Friday's thrilling draw, but the league champions produced the goods on their home floor to advance.
Tyler Bernardini, Conner Washington and Andy Thomson all netted 14 points apiece with five players in total reaching double figures in a balanced attack.
The game was tied at 10-10 early on before the Riders made their move with a 10-0 run and established a 28-12 advantage after 10 minutes.
Leicester's lead continued to grow with a 14-2 start to the second and they were 26 points ahead at the half-time break. The gap reached 30 points heading into the fourth and they closed out the game in a convincing manner to advance.
Tayo Ogedengbe led the Scorchers with 21 points but they were unable to pull off a First Round upset.
The BBL Play-Offs got underway in dramatic fashion on Friday night including a rare draw. Surrey Scorchers earned a 73-73 draw with Leicester Riders as Gabe McCray connected with a three at the buzzer to leave the tie evenly poised. Meanwhile, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle defeated Bristol Flyers 94-97 away from home as Hameed Ali netted 30 points to lead a Flyers comeback from 33 points down. London Lions beat Glasgow Rocks 91-70 after overturning a half-time deficit, while Worcester Wol... [read more]
The BBL Play-Offs got underway in dramatic fashion on Friday night including a rare draw.
Surrey Scorchers earned a 73-73 draw with Leicester Riders as Gabe McCray connected with a three at the buzzer to leave the tie evenly poised.
Meanwhile, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle defeated Bristol Flyers 94-97 away from home as Hameed Ali netted 30 points to lead a Flyers comeback from 33 points down.
London Lions beat Glasgow Rocks 91-70 after overturning a half-time deficit, while Worcester Wolves edged past DBL Sharks Sheffield 71-73 on the road with 25 points from Danny Huffor.
Worcester Wolves will take a slender advantage back home after recording a 71-73 victory on the road at DBL Sharks Sheffield.
The Sharks battled back from 17 points down to tie the game in the final minute, but a pair of free throws from Danny Huffor proved the difference.
Huffor ended up with a game-high 25 points in the win with Trevor Setty the only other player in double figures for the Wolves with 15 points.
An 8-2 close gave the Wolves an eight-point lead after 10 minutes and they pushed further clear in the second to open up a 14-point advantage at half-time.
Sheffield began to eat away at the deficit in the third with a 21-15 quarter and tied the game at 61 on a three from Rashawn Rembert.
The game would be level again at 71 with 90 seconds remaining before Huffor sealed the win for the visitors to take a two-point lead back to the University of Worcester Arena.
Rembert had a team-high 20 points for the Sharks with Mike Tuck adding 15 points in the defeat.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, First Leg Surrey Scorchers 73 (12,32,52) (Ogedengbe 22, Taylor 11, McCray 10) Leicester Riders 73 (13,31,50) (Clark 21, King 13, Hampton 12)
Gabe McCray's heroics at the buzzer salvaged a 73-73 draw for Surrey Scorchers to take into the second leg against Leicester Riders.
The hosts had led 59-52 in the fourth before the league champions rallied and looked set to come away with the win, only for McCray to strike late.
Tayo Ogedengbe top scored with a game-high 22 points for the eighth seeds with Quincy Taylor adding 11 points and six assists.
As for the Riders, Brandon Clark had 21 points with Taylor King handing out five assists to go with his 13 points.
A low-scoring opening period saw the Riders edge ahead by a single point before Surrey hit back to take a one-point lead of their own into the half.
The lead doubled following another competitive period before a 7-0 run put the Scorchers in control, but the Riders responded with an 11-2 run to set up an exciting finish.
Clark split a pair of free throws to give Leicester a 70-73 advantage in the final seconds before McCray got his off-balance three to fall at the buzzer with the tie evenly poised heading into Sunday's second leg.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, First Leg Bristol Flyers 94 (9,35,53) (Ali 30, Boggs 22, Streete 15) Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 97 (30,53,77) (Fletcher 31, Jackman 23, Defoe 14)
Bristol Flyers kept their hopes of advancing alive after rallying from a 33-point deficit before losing the first leg 94-97 at home to Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
The visitors looked in complete control with a dominant 18-51 advantage, but the Flyers came storming back in the second half to close to within three for the second leg.
Rahmon Fletcher netted a game-high 31 points in the win for the Eagles with Orlan Jackman adding a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The second seeds wasted little time in asserting their authority and led by 21 after the opening period. Newcastle continued to push on and two triples from Joe Hart in a 12-0 run made it a 33-point game.
Bristol responded with a 10-0 run and cut the gap at the half, but another strong quarter from the visitors in the third re-established a 24-point lead ahead of the final period.
The Eagles led 76-93 inside the last four minutes, only for the hosts to produce a stunning 18-4 close with Hameed Ali finishing with a 30-point haul as the Flyers now have higher hopes going into Sunday's reverse.
BBL Play-Offs, Quarter-Finals, First Leg London Lions 91 (28,44,68) (K Williams 27, Niktash 19, Taylor 16) Glasgow Rocks 70 (12,45,60) (Lescault 27, Achara 11, Watson 10)
London Lions have the upper-hand going into Sunday's second leg after beating Glasgow Rocks 91-70 at the Copper Box Arena.
The Lions squandered a 20-point lead in a final day defeat to Glasgow last week, but will have a 21-point advantage upon their return to the Emirates Arena.
Kai Williams poured in 27 points with seven triples, while the four other starters all recorded double figures with Navid Niktash adding 19 points and nine boards.
The hosts raced into an 11-2 lead which quickly became 24-5 in the opening seven minutes. The lead was at 19 again at 31-12 early in the second, but the Rocks battled back and a 15-2 run tied the game with Hayden Lescault firing in consecutive triples.
Lescault had 18 points, six rebounds and three assists as the Rocks moved into a half-time lead. London restored control in the third to lead by eight and a 15-1 run pushed the lead beyond 20 points.
The Rocks were led by Lescault's 27 points and will be needing a big performance in the second leg on home court.
Hameed Ali (188-G-93, college: Texas A&M-CC)
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