Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) signed 27-year old British international forward Robert Gilchrist (206-100kg-90, college: Florida State). He started the season at Holargos B.C. in Greek A2 league. In 7 games he had 7.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.0bpg this season. The last season Gilchrist played at Peristeri (also in A2) where in 26 games he recorded 12.3ppg, 10.5rpg (leader !!!) and 2.2bpg. A very impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Co-Bosman Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Co-Center of the Year and named to 2nd Team. His team made it to the British EBL Division One Semifinals in 2009. Gilchrist has been also a member of British international program for some years. He has regularly played for British senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010. Gilchrist also represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U18 Division B in Debrecen (Hungary) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.7ppg. Gilchrist has played previously professionally in Germany (BG Karlsruhe) and United Kingdom (London Leopards). He attended Florida State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
There were mixed fortunes for last week's BBL Trophy finalists on a dramatic Friday night in the BBL. Leicester Riders saw their club record 16-game win streak come to an end as they were beaten 93-91 by Worcester Wolves, who were led by 24 points from Danny Huffor. Meanwhile, Cory Dixon scored 32 points as Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their Final disappointment with an 85-62 success over their South-West rivals, Bristol Flyers. Esh Group Eagles Newcastle ran out convincing 96-65... [read more]
There were mixed fortunes for last week's BBL Trophy finalists on a dramatic Friday night in the BBL.
Leicester Riders saw their club record 16-game win streak come to an end as they were beaten 93-91 by Worcester Wolves, who were led by 24 points from Danny Huffor.
Meanwhile, Cory Dixon scored 32 points as Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their Final disappointment with an 85-62 success over their South-West rivals, Bristol Flyers.
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle ran out convincing 96-65 winners against Manchester Giants as Deondre Parks scored 22, while Cheshire Phoenix edged out London Lions 86-87 on the road with Mike DiNunno (180-PG-90, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) netting the late game-winner.
Plymouth Raiders bounced back from their BBL Trophy Final disappointment with a much-needed victory as they defeated South-West rivals, Bristol Flyers, 85-62.
Cory Dixon was in inspired form and poured in 32 points to go with 11 rebounds, while Daryl Corletto netted 14 of his 16 points in a pivotal third quarter for his side.
Both teams raced out of the blocks and the game was tied at 14 at the mid-point in the first quarter before Plymouth edged ahead.
The home side went on a 13-0 run late in the second, but a deep three from Hameed Ali ended the first half with Bristol down 10.
Corletto found his range in the third with 11 points in a row as he fired in four triples in total in the quarter as the Raiders extended their advantage out to 18.
There was no let up in the fourth as Plymouth ensured there was to be no fightback from the Flyers with Dixon turning on the style for the home crowd with consecutive dunks in quick succession en route to victory.
A win for Bristol would have put the two teams level, but it's the Raiders who pull away from their rivals with the important head-to-head secured.
BBL Championship London Lions 86 (29,52,68) (Taylor/Hassan 24, Niktash 21) Cheshire Phoenix 87 (21,43,69) (Allen-Jordan 25, May-Thompson 22, Brown 14)
Cheshire Phoenix claimed an 86-87 win on the road against London Lions following late heroics from Mike DiNunno.
The American guard was 0-7 from downtown before stepping up with two huge triples in the final minute to continue the Nix's recent win streak.
Dii'jon Allen-Jordan had a game-high 25 points for the visitors with Raheem May-Thompson adding 22 points in the win.
After a delayed start, the Lions were the quickest out of the blocks and they opened up a 29-21 advantage by the end of the opening period.
Navid Niktash raced to 19 points with a string of triples to ensure the Lions remained in command at the break. However, Cheshire hit back in the third and took the lead on the back of a 14-2 burst.
The Lions restored their advantage, but it would be the visitors ahead going into the final 10 minutes by the narrowest of margins.
London went on an 8-0 run to lead 76-71 but the game went right down to the wire with DiNunno tying the game with a three in the final minute.
Taylor held his nerve with two free throws to edge Lions ahead before DiNunno struck again from downtown for the win.
BBL Championship Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 96 (20,54,72) (Parks 22, Fletcher 17, Martin 16) Manchester Giants 65 (19,33,47) (Okoro 14, Toluwase 11, Jones 10)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle returned to winning ways in dominant fashion as they recorded a 96-65 victory over Manchester Giants.
Fab Flournoy's side had lost ground in the title race with recent defeats, but powered their way to a 20th league win of the season.
Deondre Parks put up 22 points in the win in a balanced scoring attack from the Eagles, who were still without Darius Defoe.
The visitors made a bright start and were down by one at the end of the opening 10 minutes before Newcastle broke clear.
34 points were poured in by the home side in the second as they stormed into a 21-point lead at the interval with Rahmon Fletcher and Parks combining for 32 at the half - one short of Manchester's total tally.
The lead continued to grow in the third with Orlan Jackman scoring five straight to move his career BBL tally to 1000 points and he would finish with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Joe Hart started the fourth with back-to-back triples as the Eagles led by as many as 36 as they completed a comprehensive win.
Jerelle Okoro led the Giants with 14 points, while Callum Jones posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in his 200th BBL Championship appearance.
History lives and breathes yet again in the Women's British Basketball League this weekend as Cardiff Met Archers play their first top flight game in their fabulous new facility. Player-coach Stefanie Collins(168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and her side will step out tomorrow afternoon against Team Northumbria for a WBBL Championship match-up that has got everyone at Archers excited and raring to go. She said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be playing our first showcase event at the... [read more]
History lives and breathes yet again in the Women's British Basketball League this weekend as Cardiff Met Archers play their first top flight game in their fabulous new facility.
Player-coach Stefanie Collins (168-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and her side will step out tomorrow afternoon against Team Northumbria for a WBBL Championship match-up that has got everyone at Archers excited and raring to go.
She said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be playing our first showcase event at the Archers' Arena, which is the new, 5 million state-of-the-art sports facility investment by Cardiff Met University.
"It is a wonderful facility which will certainly increase our profile here at the University, along with generating a significant boost and buzz around the game of basketball in Wales and throughout the UK.
"We have had a number of Welsh National Teams use the facility for training and look forward to further establishing those links with Cardiff Met and Basketball Wales."
"We are hoping to attract a record home crowd on the day," continued Collins.
"As well as the game, there will be a performance by Jukebox Collective Performing Arts Academy based in Cardiff, our Junior U10 Academy players taking to the showcourt at half-time, along with other special guests.
"It will certainly be a fun filled day out for fans and family."
"Meanwhile looking at the competition and game itself, we are excited to play Team Northumbria after a tough away loss in Newcastle at the beginning of the season.
"We are definitely in a better place at this stage of the campaign and will look to build upon our improved performance in the New Year."
Prior to the action getting underway in South Wales, there will be Caledonia pride tipping off at home to Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters and looking for a first home victory - having recently got off the mark with a win at Wolves.
Oaklands themselves have a tough task to try and slow down the momentum of newly crowned Trophy winners Sevenoaks Suns on Sunday morning as they continue their search for an elusive first league success.
Leicester Riders will try to bounce back from their disappointment in Glasgow last weekend when they entertain Nottingham Wildcats in a local derby and top of the table showdown, while Barking Abbey Crusaders will also go up against Manchester Mystics on Sunday.
Matthew Bryan-Amaning's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among British players playing currently abroad: - 3 days ago
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Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British players who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88). He led Fukuoka Rizing to a victory over the league outsider Tokyo Big Blue in the Japanese B League D3 in Sunday night's game.
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of British players who are currently playing abroad.
#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 league outsider Tokyo Big Blue (3-29) crushing them 102-57 in the Japanese B League D3 in Sunday night's game.
Bryan-Amaning was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 14 rebounds. Bryan-Amaning also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 23 minutes on the court.
Fukuoka Rizing (28-4) is placed second in the B League D3.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Bryan-Amaning's first season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Bryan-Amaning averages: 16.6ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.9%(263-462), 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 59.8% in 41 games he played so far.
He 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 U20 international forward Rowell Graham (197-94, currently plays in Spain). Graham was the main contributor in a 2-point Blancos de Rueda's victory against the closely-ranked Navarra (13-12) 68-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night.
He was the best player in that game. Graham recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 32 minutes.
Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (14-11) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver.
Graham has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 16.0% and FT: 70.7% in 23 games.
He played for the British U20 national team in 2014.
#3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Matthew Don (201-93, college: Cameron, currently plays in Spain). Don contributed to a 3-point Cambados' victory against the 14th-ranked Gandia (7-18) 94-91 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game.
He was the top player that evening. Don recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 12 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Xuven Cambados (18-7) is placed second in the LEB Silver.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
Don's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 79.3%.
He played for the British U20 national team four years ago.
#4. Power forward Ovie Soko (201-91, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (10-12) 82-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night.
He recorded 10 points.
Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (9-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa.
Soko's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg.
He used to play for the British national team
back in 2015.
#5. International center Gabriel Olaseni (211-91, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Iowa, currently plays in France) could not help Entente Orleans 45 (6-17) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Entente Orleans 45 was defeated 82-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8).
Olaseni recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds.
This season Olaseni has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 11.5rpg.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#6. Power forward Daniel Clark (210-88, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ovie Soko and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game.
Clark contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the closely-ranked RETAbet BB (10-12) 82-71.
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes.
This year Clark's overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg in two games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.
#7. U18 international forward Carl Wheatle (196-98, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Lighthouse TR (12-13) crushing them 79-55 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Wheatle recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Angelico Biella (19-6) is placed first in West group.
Wheatle has been at the team for four years.
His total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 3.2rpg.
Wheatle is also British U18 national team player.
#8. Power forward Will Neighbour (208-90, college: UALR, currently plays in New Zealand) was not able to help Rams in their game against Rangers (1-0) in the New Zealand NBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday.
He recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 29 minutes.
But Rams lost 107-114 in Auckland to the leading Rangers.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Neighbour has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0bpg in two games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#9. Former U20 international guard Nigel Van Oostrum (196-90, agency: Court Side, college: Park, currently plays in Holland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Den Bosch (12-12) 80-65 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game.
He scored 6 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (18-6) is placed second in the Eredivisie.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Van Oostrum's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg in 24 games.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
seven years ago.
#10. Point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Unieuro Forli's surprising victory against the eighth-ranked Verona (13-12) 70-68 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday.
Adegboye was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points and added 3 assists.
Unieuro 2.015 Forli (7-18) is placed 15th in East group.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Adegboye has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg.
Adegboye 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) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked AE Larissas crushing them 86-60 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night.
He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Alihodzic's stats this year are: 13.1ppg and 6.2rpg in 21 games.
He plays currently for the British national team.
#12. Former international guard Luke Nelson (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Cal-Irvine in their game against the Illinois State University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game Nelson recorded 17 points, 9 assists and 5 steals.
This season Nelson has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg.
Nelson used to play for the British national team
back in 2014.
#13. Former international power forward Laurence Ekperigin (200-88, college: Le Moyne, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Provence Basket 81-63 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday.
He scored 16 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes.
Ekperigin averaged so far 11.7ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.9apg in 21 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Ekperigin used to play for the British national team
six years ago.
Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.
#14. Former U20 international forward Ryan Martin (206-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre to win against one of league's weakest teams SO Maritime Boulogne crushing them 95-70 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night.
Martin scored only 3 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Martin has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.0rpg.
He used to play for the British U20 national team
back in 2010.
#15. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, also represented by Court Side, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Lavrio in their game against Panathinaikos in the Greek A1.
He recorded 6 points and had 3 steals.
His team was crushed by 21 points 85-64.
Hamilton has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 4.2rpg.
He is also in the roster of the British national team.
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 11th-ranked Herford (10-13) crushing them 116-75 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday.
Josephs was the best player in that game. He recorded 51 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Josephs' third season in pro basketball. Hertener Loewen Basketball (11-13) is placed tenth in West group.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Josephs has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.
#2. Experienced Lindsay Tait (190-G-82, currently plays in New Zealand) was the main contributor in Rangers' victory against the fifth-ranked Rams (1-1) 114-107 in the New Zealand NBL last Saturday.
Tait was the top player that evening. He recorded 29 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. It was his first game for Rangers this season.
His team are placed first in the NBL.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Tait has a dual citizenship: British and New Zealand.
#3.Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Austria) could not help Gmunden Swans (19-8) in their last game. Despite Ojo's very good performance Gmunden Swans lost 67-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Kapfenberg Bulls.
He was the top scorer with 22 points. Ojo also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes.
It was Gmunden Swans' first loss after three consecutive victories.
This year Ojo has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.6apg in 10 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Ojo used to play for Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in British league.
#4.Lee Jeka (193-G-83, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a Hume City Broncos' victory against the ninth-ranked Magic (0-1) 87-82 in the Australian State League (second division) on Sunday night.
Jeka was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. It was his first game for Hume City Broncos this season.
His team are placed third in Big V group.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Jeka is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian.
#5.Chris Tawiah (208-C-93, college: Wiley, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped BK Lions Hradec win their game against the third-ranked NH Ostrava (10-18) 89-82 in the Czech Republic NBL in Thursday night's game.
Tawiah scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 16 minutes.
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec (9-19) is placed fifth in Places 7-12 group.
There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial.
Tawiah has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 5.9rpg in 28 games.
#6.Nicholas Spires (210-C-94, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Sodertalje Kings (21-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite Spires' good performance Sodertalje Kings was defeated 77-62 in Norrkoping by the second-ranked Dolphins.
He was the second best scorer with 14 points.
Spires has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4bpg.
He has both British and Swedish nationalities.
#7.Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) helped Eskilstuna win their game against the sixth-ranked RIG Mark 86-79 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday.
Kouagnia was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 18 rebounds. Kouagnia also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 33 minutes.
Kouagnia has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 13.4rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in 21 games.
He also holds two passports: British and Cameroonian.
#8.Alex Aggelakos (197-G/F-94, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Kolossos H Hotels in a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Aris 85-84 in the Greek A1 last Saturday.
Aggelakos recorded only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court.
This year Aggelakos averages just 0.9ppg in nine games.
He holds both British and Greek passports.
#9.Darren Phillip (201-PF-78, agency: DTMones, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Argentina) helped Instituto win their game against the second-ranked Estudiantes Concordia 76-69 in the Argentinian LigaA on Sunday night.
Phillip scored only 4 points. It was his first game for Instituto this season.
Phillip is a naturalized American.
Apparently he has never played in United Kingdom.
#10.Paul Brotherson (198-F-89, college: Metro St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to secure a victory for Hills Hornets (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Brotherson's very good performance the sixth-placed Hills Hornets were defeated 89-78 in Sutherland by the lower-ranked Sharks (#8) in the WARATAH group.
He was the top scorer with 19 points. Brotherson also added 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Hills Hornets this season.
Brotherson has dual citizenship: British and Australian.
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