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 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 
Last:4/26/2017
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 
Last:3/29/2017
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 
Last:3/29/2017
NBL D3 Standings
North
 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 
South
 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 
Last:3/29/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  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
  Worceste.
  (208-F/C-91)
  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
 Rahmon FLETCHER
  Newcastl.
  (177-PG-88)
  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
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  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 .
  (208-F/C-83)
  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 

After Thoughts Burn For Heat's Creon - Apr 23, 2013


POSTED BY:
JEFF KING
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Creon
Raftopoulos
Surrey Heat's Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos was a beaten but far from bowed man after Sunday's BBL Play-Off Semi-Final defeat at the claws of The Newcastle Eagles. Heat went in to the game down 28 points from the first leg but showed pride and passion to at least win the second leg in front of their own fans.

Led by 35 points and 9 rebounds from centre Frank Holmes (206-F-84, college: UAB), Surrey were down for most of the second leg but produced a spirited and pride-filled late run to lower The Eagles colours on the night if not overall on aggregate and Raftopoulos was magnanimous in defeat and pleased with his teams performance.

"Yes, very proud of them against a great Newcastle team. I think the two-legged play-off thing is not something that any coach is a fan of. Newcastle got us really good when we went down there on Friday. Unfortunately we weren't going to be able to return that favour against the quality side that Fab has."

"All in all I'm happy with finishing the season with a win. I feel that looking at The Eagles they're still the No. 1 organisation in The BBL that we all aim to be like in the terms of the way things are always run professionally off the court."

The Coach was also full of praise for his counterpart Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) and what he has achieved.

"On the court Fab's done an amazing job considering all the injuries that they've had to go through. We've dealt with our share of adversity and its not easy so I understand what he's been through. I think he deserves to be commended for what he achieves. He's become almost a victim of his own success. All the trophies and victories he's had mean that now when people look at it they think they haven't had a good season. But with everything they've gone through to still finish second and make the Play-Off final is great for him."

"I have nothing but admiration for him and what he achieves. Add in that great organisation and hopefully we can learn something from that and help Surrey Heat grow and challenge on a regular basis."

Turning to his own team and the season they've had, finishing fourth in the BBL, Raftopoulos was also delighted with their campaign and proving one or two pundits wrong in their pre-season assessments.

"When I inherited a couple of players when taking over it's not that I wouldn't have wanted them but I've got a style that I like to play. I think a few people did wonder what I was doing when I brought in certain individuals."

"I mean a guy like Samuel Cricelli (200-F-85, college: Caldwell). They wondered how he would fit in and Im absolutely over the moon for him because I think that he's shown what a quality player he is and he's had a fantastic season. Same goes for Frank Holmes. He's been at Milton Keynes and Leicester and things didn't always work out for him but tonight's game showed exactly what he's capable of doing."

"But all in all I'm extremely proud of all the guys. It was always a team effort. Being a coach is not always easy. When the teams winning the players are great and when the teams losing the coach is wrong. But, I'm happy with what weve done and where we are. I just hope that we'll be able to try and keep the nucleus of these guys together in order to push on from here."

With his own dream of coaching on the Wembley sidelines gone it seemed only fitting to ask Creon his thoughts on the forthcoming final BBL showdown.

"I think it's a really tough one to call because they're both great teams and both do what they do very well. I think Newcastle is a scoring outfit as opposed to Leicester who are a defensive unit. A healthy Newcastle side is a scary team to go against but Leicester are very tough."

"It's a perfect battle for basketball fans. It's offence against defence, it's No. 1 versus No. 2. As a coach you try to root for the defence but you know that Fab can get his guys to play some awesome defence at times."

"I wouldn't know how to call the final to be truthful. I'm not just sitting on the fence, I genuinely don't know how to call it, and I think it's that close and it's going to be really tough. I think it's good for the league that 1 and 2 are in the Play-Off final as much as I would have loved to have been there. It shows that they've earned that right by finishing 1 and 2 in the league and then coming through the play-offs. I think whichever way it goes it'll be a smashing game for all to watch and enjoy."

And what of Raftopoulos thoughts on the future?

"First off on the agenda is sleep. I think I'm going to sleep for the next 48 hours. People don't realise the stresses and pressures of being a coach. I never slept much after the first leg on Friday and that was a long trip home thinking about that game and the one today."

"But, I'll sit down with my owners as soon as it's right. I'm still contracted to be here next year so we'll just talk about what we want to do going forward in the future. I want to win trophies and want to win as much as I can but I also want the club to grow as an organisation."

"I see what The Eagles have achieved, I see how Leicester are growing all the time and that's what I'd really like for Surrey Heat is to grow, get those partnerships with Universities and colleges and so forth. That's one of my strongest drivers and the basketball is just a bonus."

Creon Raftopoulos team have had a great season and a large chunk of that success has been down to a determined coach who has his own beliefs, desires and drivers. With him at the helm and the way he's moulding the team and Club in to his way of thinking, the futures burning bright for The Heat.  




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