#1. This week's number one is an international forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan). He led Fukuoka Rizing to a victory over the sixth-ranked Tokyo Cinq Reves (10-16) crushing them 84-57 in the Japanese B League D3 in Sunday night's game.
Bryan-Amaning was MVP of the game. He scored 36 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 26 minutes on the court.
Fukuoka Rizing (23-3) is placed first in the B League D3.
It's Bryan-Amaning's first season with the team.
Bryan-Amaning has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(229-400), 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 59.1% in 35 games he played so far.
Bryan-Amaning has a dual citizenship: Ghanian and British.
Ex-London Lions player is currently a member of the British senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Iran). He was the main contributor in a Naft Abadan's victory against the sixth-ranked Tabriz (9-9) 89-82 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday.
Richards was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds.
Naft Abadan (15-3) is placed second in the Superleague.
It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
Richards has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 86.7%.
He played for the British national team in 2011.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece). Alihodzic contributed to a 2-point Panionios' victory against the eighth-ranked Psychiko (9-9) 77-75 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night.
He was the top player that evening. Alihodzic scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (17-1) is placed first in the A2.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Alihodzic has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(89-155) and FT: 70.6% in 17 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and British.
Alihodzic is also a member of the British senior national team.
#4. Point guard Justin Robinson (185-87, agency: Promotex, college: Rider, currently plays in Greece) could not help Doxa Lefkadas (3-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas was crushed 90-61 on the road by the second-ranked Panathinaikos.
Robinson was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 passes.
Robinson has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg.
He is also British national team player.
#5. Former international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Phoenix Suns (18-39) in the NBA.
Deng recorded 9 points in 23 minutes.
But the Los Angeles Lakers (19-39) were crushed 137-101 in Phoenix by the Suns.
Deng's stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in 54 games.
He has both British and South Sudanese nationalities.
Deng used to play for the British national team
three years ago.
#6. Forward Rowell Graham (197-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Blancos de Rueda's victory against the 13th-ranked Gandia (7-14) 71-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday.
He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (11-10) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
Graham's stats this season are: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.5spg.
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) was not able to secure a victory for Unieuro Forli (4-17) in their game against Alma Trieste (15-7) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Adegboye was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
This season Adegboye has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg.
Adegboye is also British national team player.
#8. Swingman Akwasi Yeboah (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Stony Brook's surprising victory against the Binghamton University (7-6) crushing them 76-55 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
The State University of New York,Stony Brook has a very good 10-2 conference record this season.
There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Yeboah's overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.4rpg in 26 games.
He used to play for the British U18 national team
back in 2014.
#9. Former U20 international guard Nigel Van Oostrum (196-90, agency: Court Side, college: Park, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Landstede Basketbal Zwolle to win against one of league's weakest teams Rotterdam (3-17) 88-69 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Thursday night.
Van Oostrum scored only 2 points and added 5 passes.
Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (14-6) is placed third in the Eredivisie.
Van Oostrum's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5spg.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
seven years ago.
#10. Forward Carl Wheatle (196-98, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Angelico Biella's victory against the fourth-ranked Treviglio (13-9) 84-80 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Wheatle recorded only 2 points in 22 minutes.
Angelico Biella (17-5) is placed first in West group.
It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row.
Wheatle has been at the team for four years.
This season his total stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.0rpg in 21 games.
Wheatle is U18 international player who is currently on the British National Team roster.
#11. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, also represented by Court Side, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lavrio in their game against PAOK in the Greek A1.
He scored only 4 points.
His team was defeated 85-80.
Hamilton has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.2rpg.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#12. U20 international guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (190-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to Bradley's shocking victory against the University of Evansville 84-72 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Lautier-Ogunleye scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Lautier-Ogunleye has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg in 25 games.
He is also in the roster of the British U20 national team.
#13. Former international guard Luke Nelson (190-95, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of California, Riverside 79-60 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Nelson scored 14 points and added 3 passes.
Nelson averaged so far 14.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg.
He used to play for the British national team
three years ago.
#14. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (202-86, currently plays in France) contributed to an UB Chartres' victory against the closely-ranked Saint Vallier 81-72 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game.
Toney was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 15 minutes. It was his first game for UB Chartres this season.
Toney is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the British national team
back in 2009. Toney played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.
#15. Former U20 international guard Jordan Spencer (188-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Augustana College, SD's shocking victory against the Upper Iowa University 92-87 in the NCAA2 last Saturday.
He recorded 13 points and added 8 assists.
This season Spencer has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.0apg and 1.6spg.
Spencer used to play for the British U20 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.Kofi Josephs (198-G-91, college: Fort Lewis, currently plays in Germany) led Hertener Loewen to a victory over the 12th-ranked Frintrop (5-16) 100-82 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
He was the top player that evening. Josephs scored 27 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Hertener Loewen Basketball (9-12) is placed 11th in West group.
Josephs has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.
#2.Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in a Gmunden Swans' victory against the closely-ranked Vienna (10-11) 83-71 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game.
Ojo scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Basket Swans Gmunden (16-6) is placed second in the A Bundesliga.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Ojo averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 3.3apg in six games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Ojo used to play for Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in British league.
#3.Nicholas Spires (210-C-94, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas (2-23) 89-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night.
Spires scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes.
Sodertalje Kings (16-7) is placed third in the Basketligan.
This year Spires' overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.7bpg in 23 games.
He has a dual citizenship: British and Swedish.
#4.Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in Eskilstuna's victory against the third-ranked Helsingborg (7-7) 92-79 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night.
Kouagnia was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds in 39 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group BEHS forts. Eskilstuna Basket (10-1) is placed second.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Kouagnia has very impressive stats this year: 20.9ppg, 12.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg in 16 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: British and Cameroonian.
#5.Alex Aggelakos (197-G/F-94, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Kolossos H Hotels to win against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (6-12) crushing them 86-66 in the Greek A1 in Thursday night's game.
Aggelakos scored only 3 points.
Kolossos H Hotels (10-8) is placed sixth in the A1.
This season Aggelakos averages just 0.9ppg.
He has both British and Greek nationalities.
#6.Edward Alade (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Navy (10-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Navy was badly defeated 74-55 at home by the Lehigh University.
Alade scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Alade has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Alade has never played in United Kingdom.
#7.Andrew Ramirez (188-G-97, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Hartford in their game against the University of New Hampshire in the NCAA. Despite his good performance last Saturday He scored 12 points.
Ramirez has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg.
He also holds two passports: Spanish and British.
Despite Ramirez's British nationality, he previously played for the Spanish U17 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.
#8.Joshua Palmer (201-F, college: Drury, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Drury University's surprising victory against the Maryville University 68-65 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game.
Palmer scored 13 points.
Palmer averaged so far 11.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg.
#9.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 6.3rpg in 24 games.
#10.Deane Williams (203-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Augusta University win their game against the Lander University 82-66 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Williams has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg.
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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