The Worcester Wolves have regained fifth place in the BBL Championship after beating the Rocks, to whom they lost it the night before, 83-70 in the Midlands. Its the seventh straight home win for the Wolves, a run that stretches back to the opening weekend of the season, while for the Rocks it was the first defeat in three.
Kai Williams (190-F-88, college: S.Dakota St.) led the Wolves with 19 points, while Stanley Ocitti had a big double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) led the Rocks with 18 points. The Wolves gained the ascendancy in the first half, and never lost it although they didnt manage to shake off their visitors until the closing stages.
Neither side scored for over two minutes at the start of the game, until Alex Owumi opened the scoring with a three-pointer. The sides were not separated by more than one score throughout the opening ten minutes, despite the Rocks coming back with the next 5 points, a Sterling Davis triple giving them the lead, and they held an edge until midway through the first quarter. Williams hit a three for a 10-7 lead for the hosts and they held that through to the end of the period as Arnas Kazlauskas scored with their last attack for an 18-15 lead.
And that momentum carried into the second quarter as they opened with 6 unanswered points in what became a 9-2 run for a double digit lead at 27-17; the Wolves scored 9 points in a minute and a half with Arturas Masiulis scoring 4 and Kazlauskas adding a three-pointer. That was just the start for the Wolves as they posted a further 9-2 surge shortly afterwards including another Williams triple and 4 in a row from Ocitti to make the score 36-19. The Rocks stemmed the flow and got back to 37-27 on Owen McNallys score, but there was a further push to come from the hosts as they then held their visitors scoreless for three minutes, while rattling off 9 of their own, to see the lead reach its peak at 46-27 inside the final minute. Fantazia and Ringgold scored for the Rocks before they headed into the break 46-31 in arrears.
This time it was the visitors turn to carry momentum across the break as they scored the first 4 points of the third quarter; but, as had happened previously, the Wolves were resolute and responded in kind, with Masiulis adding another 4. The Rocks hit back with the next 6, but again the hosts kept them at arms length as Owumi connected from beyond the arc. And again the Wolves would not allow the Rocks to bridge the gap, as a further 8-0 tear, during which Ocitti added another 6, put them back up 61-43 inside the last two minutes of the third period. Nevertheless, there was another run for the Rocks as they held the hosts scoreless in those final two minutes, while pouring in the last 7 points including 5 from the free-throw line.
And the Rocks had the deficit down to single figures immediately in the fourth quarter as Murray opened the scoring, and he continued to register for the visitors, scoring all of their first 5 points during the decisive fourth quarter. When Wedemire and Fantazia added scores, it became a 9-2 run and the gap was down to just 4 points at 63-59. But, epitomising the second half, the Wolves showed their resilience once more, this time with Sherrad Prezzie-Blue making a three-pointer and Owumi, Ocitti and Williams adding scores in a 9-0 run that forced the Rocks into a timeout, 13 points down with under five minutes to play. And that run proved decisive as Kazlauskas made another three-pointer not long after the time out, and they finally managed to suppress the Rocks with Kazlauskas and Prezzie-Blue controlling the game down the stretch. Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk
Kieron Achara's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Scots playing currently abroad: - 20 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Scots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, agency: Two Points). He led Glasgow Rocks to a victory over the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks in the British BBL in Friday night's game.
We bring you last week's top performances from Scots who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom). He led Glasgow Rocks to a victory over the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-12) crushing them 84-55 in the British BBL in Friday night's game.
Achara was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Achara also added 6 assists in 30 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Glasgow Rocks (17-11) is placed third in the BBL.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Achara has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.7% and FT: 84.6% in 28 games he played so far.
Achara has a dual citizenship: Scottish and Nigerian.
He played for the Scottish senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international point guard Lee Reilly (182-92, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kieron Achara and both played together in the last British BBL game.
Reilly contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-12) crushing them 84-55.
He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
It's Reilly's first season with the team.
Reilly's overall stats this year are: 2.7ppg, 1.1rpg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 42.9%.
He played for the Scottish national team in 2014.
#3. The Scottish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Jonathan Bunyan (182-92, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kieron Achara. He played also in the last British BBL game facing Lee Reilly (above) in the other team.
Bunyan contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sheffield Sharks (17-12) crushing them 84-55.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Bunyan has been at the team for four years.
This season Bunyan's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 75.0% in 28 games.
Former Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury starter played for the Scottish national team three years ago.
#4. Forward Alasdair Fraser (201-92, agency: Court Side, college: Maine, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Ehingen/Urspringschule (10-21) to beat Hamburg (14-16).
Fraser scored 8 points.
Ehingen/Urspringschule was defeated 88-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Hamburg (#9).
The Regular Season already ended.
Fraser has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.
He used to play for the Scottish national team
back in 2013.
One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Scottish passport:
#1.Yannick Onifade (201-C/F, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Manchester Magic in a victory against the eighth-ranked Dragons (14-12) crushing them 87-62 in the British NBL D1 (second division) last Saturday.
Onifade recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court.
Manchester Magic (10-4) is placed second in the NBL D1.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Onifade's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.8rpg in 11 games he played so far.
Fury extinguish Blaze to complete SBC Triple Crown - 26 days ago
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The final game and main event of Day 2 of our last event of the season, the SBC Playoff Finals, was our Senior Men's Playoff Final between the League and Cup Champions Sony Centre Fury, and last years League and Playoff Champions Boroughmuir Blaze. It was Blaze who drew first blood in this one, taking a quick 5-0 lead in the game. It wasn't to last for long though as Fury quickly reversed the lead and before we knew it these teams began to trade basket for basket running up the score in a... [read more]
The final game and main event of Day 2 of our last event of the season, the SBC Playoff Finals, was our Senior Men's Playoff Final between the League and Cup Champions Sony Centre Fury, and last years League and Playoff Champions Boroughmuir Blaze. It was Blaze who drew first blood in this one, taking a quick 5-0 lead in the game. It wasn't to last for long though as Fury quickly reversed the lead and before we knew it these teams began to trade basket for basket running up the score in a good show of offense through the quarter. After 1, there was nothing to separate these sides as the score was tied at 21 a piece. This trend didn't change in the 2nd quarter as again these teams were not letting anything come between them, no clear advantage emerging for either team on the scoreboard. As the half winded to a close Fury began to show their lethal perimeter shooting hitting two 3's in a row, both from Edvinas Leginus (185-G), to finally create some separation between these two clubs sparking a late run for Falkirk. Heading into the break, Fury now had a commanding lead, 43-29. The 3rd quarter went the same as much of the game had, both these teams going neck and neck, but the Fury run had taken its toll and Blaze knew they had to make their own run, and soon to come back into the match. With only 1 quarter remaining, the score remained in Fury's favour, 65-50. Blaze poured a huge amount of effort to make a comeback in the final quarter. They brought the game down to 11 at one point, before another Edvinas Leginus 3 pointer rained in pushing the lead out once more. Ever resilient, Blaze refused to be easily beaten, again making a run at the Fury lead, this time bringing it to 10. Before, once more Fury bounced back quickly with a 7-0 run, capped off by another Edvinas Leginus 3, his 9th of the evening. This signalled the end of Blaze's comeback attempts as they lost out 95-75 in the end. Fury completing the SBC Triple Crown with the Playoff Trophy, their 2nd in just 3 years. The MVP of the Playoff Final was Edvinas Leginus who was on fire from 3 point range with 30 points including 9 3's, many of which killing all Blaze momentum through the game. Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk
Fury storm out of Mariner and on to Playoff Finals - 1 month ago
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We headed to the Mariner Centre for one last time on Friday night for a Playoff Semi-Final between Sony Centre Fury and Glasgow Storm. With a Finals spot up for grabs, there was plenty at stake for both teams. Storm showed some nerves in the first quarter, getting off to a really slow start. Falkirk were able to capitalise on this with Keith Bunyan (191-G-77) lighting up behind the arc. Fury worked the ball well as a team and made Glasgow Storm work for extended periods on the defensive e... [read more]
We headed to the Mariner Centre for one last time on Friday night for a Playoff Semi-Final between Sony Centre Fury and Glasgow Storm. With a Finals spot up for grabs, there was plenty at stake for both teams. Storm showed some nerves in the first quarter, getting off to a really slow start. Falkirk were able to capitalise on this with Keith Bunyan (191-G-77) lighting up behind the arc. Fury worked the ball well as a team and made Glasgow Storm work for extended periods on the defensive end with several offensive possessions lasting deep into the shot-clock. At the end of the first 10 minutes, Fury were able to take a comfortable 17-6 lead into the break of play. Many might have thought that this would have been game over for the Glasgow side who looked frustrated after a poor first quarter. This was not to be the case, however. Storm's Steven Murdoch (191-F/G) caught fire in the second quarter to cut the Fury lead. Murdoch's 11-point scoring spree and some lights out shooting from Storm's Kyle Haldane (184-PG-92) gave Storm a 33-32 lead as time wound down on an exciting first half. Fury were able to beat the buzzer before half-time and took a narrow 1-point lead to the locker room at the break. With the game evenly poised at 33-32, it was certainly still all to play for in the second-half. It was Fury who started strongest in the third quarter with defence playing the key to their success in a 20-7 quarter. Storm's scoring struggles returned in the third quarter which left the Glasgow outfit frustrated. With it all still to do in the final period, Storm looked inspired and ready to start their comeback once more. Unfortunately for Storm, Fury's experience prevailed down the stretch and an impressive contribution from Fury's Keith Bunyan and Adam Hammerschmidt (192-F-94) put the game within reach. Storm, who have continued to improve and cause upsets this season, continued to fight hard at both ends of the floor but could not reduce the deficit to any less than 10-points as Fury punched their ticket to this year's Playoff Final with a 68-58 win. Friday night also saw the other Men's Semi-Final take place, with St Mirren West College Scotland hosting Boroughmuir Blaze at the Lagoon. Blaze were victors in this one to set up a re-match of this year's Scottish Cup Final. Courtesy of: basketballscotland.co.uk
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