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BBL Standings
 1. Leicester R. 25-5 
 2. Newcastle E. 21-9 
 3. Glasgow Rocks 20-11 
 4. Sheffield S. 20-12 
 5. Worcester W. 19-13 
 6. London Lions 18-14 
 7. Plymouth R. 14-17 
 8. Surrey S. 14-17 
 9. Bristol AF 14-17 
 10. Cheshire P. 10-22 
 11. Leeds Force 8-25 
 12. Manchester G. 4-26 
Full Standings
Last:4/22/2017
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 
Full Standings
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
 Rahmon FLETCHER
  Newcastl.
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.20.1 
 2. DiNunno, Cheshire.19.8 
 3. Hassan, London L.19.8 
 4. Walker, Worceste.19.4 
 5. Sanders, Leeds F.19.2 
 6. Parks, Newcastl.19.0 
 7. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.4 
 8. Cosby, Bristol AF18.3 
 9. Grady, Plymouth R.18.2 
 10. Brown, Cheshire P.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice WALKER
  Worceste.
  (208-F/C-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Walker, Worceste.9.3 
 2. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.8.7 
 3. Hassan, London L.8.3 
 4. Marsden, Leeds F.8.2 
 5. Brown, Cheshire P.7.9 
 6. Achara, Glasgow .7.9 
 7. Grady, Plymouth R.7.7 
 8. Williams, Surrey S.7.7 
 9. Kennedy, Worceste.7.5 
 10. Smith, Bristol AF7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rahmon FLETCHER
  Newcastl.
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.6.7 
 2. Taylor, London L.6.4 
 3. Klassen, Worceste.6.3 
 4. Wilcher, Cheshire P.6.0 
 5. Carter, Plymouth.5.5 
 6. Clark, Leicester R.5.4 
 7. DiNunno, Cheshire.5.4 
 8. Ali, Bristol AF5.2 
 9. Davis, Sheffield S.5.1 
 10. Sandoval, Leeds F.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.3.1 
 2. Ali, Bristol AF2.2 
 3. Taylor, London L.2.2 
 4. Carter, Plymouth.2.1 
 5. Nicholas, Plymouth R.2.1 
 6. Bernardini, Leiceste.2.0 
 7. Sandoval, Leeds F.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Neighbour, Surrey S.1.9 
 10. Taylor, Surrey S.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kieron ACHARA
  Glasgow .
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Achara, Glasgow .1.6 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.1.6 
 3. Webster, Manchest.1.4 
 4. Martin, Newcastl.1.1 
 5. Smith, Bristol AF0.9 
 6. Thomas, Glasgow .0.9 
 7. Dixon, Plymouth R.0.9 
 8. Allen-Jordan, Cheshire.0.9 
 9. Grady, Plymouth R.0.9 
 10. Bell, Manchest.0.8 

Next Round Schedule

Round 31 (Regular Season)

Sheffield S 61% Apr.23 Newcastle E
Surrey S. 50% Apr.23 Bristol AF
Leicester R Apr.23 Worcester W 51%
Glasgow Rock 63% Apr.23 London Lions
Manchester G Apr.23 Plymouth R. 68%
Cheshire P. 72% Apr.23 Leeds Force
Next Round Schedule

Game 1 (Finals)

Loughborough 58% Apr.23 Manchester M
Bridge Deserves Respect Upon Retirement - Sep 3, 2013


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PAUL NILSEN
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Andrew
Bridge
When the forthcoming 2013-14 season tips-off, one of the most decorated players in British Basketball League history will be absent.

Its a statement that perhaps even Andrew Bridge (193-F-79) himself could barely have predicted being made way back at the start of his career.

Playing for Mansfield, he was signed by former Great Britain head coach Chris Finch, who took him to One Health Sharks Sheffield. And, he learned plenty from the play-caller, someone he has since described as the most driven and tactically savvy coach he has worked with.

However, after fighting for court-time with Sharks, a switch to Tyneside more than a decade ago was to prove the true watershed. It was a signing welcomed by the Newcastle Eagles faithful, although in truth, it didnt exactly set pulses racing and barely registered on the pre-season radar. However it wasnt long before the Chesterfield-born guard showed his value to his new team as he slowly but surely, began to grow in influence.

Bridge rolled up his sleeves and underlined that his earlier arrival in the Eagles Nest was indeed major news even if most people didnt recognise it at the time. Bridge was to propel himself into the very heart of a basketball dynasty and go on to captain the most successful team in British Basketball League history.

Working with former team-mate Fab Flournoy, the guard bought into the heralded defensive principles of the Newcastle Eagles player-coach and found himself promoted to the role of trusted lieutenant.

Whilst Bridge didnt always start games, Flournoy would inevitably turn to him during crunch time, valuing him as someone he needed on the court down the stretch of big games. At times, it was a bumpy and fiery ride between the pair, but Bridge played the best basketball of his career with the north-east club. He became a bona-fide cornerstone of Newcastle Eagles becoming the dominant force in British Basketball.

After ten years of winning more silverware than Bridge could have ever imagined, the union finally ended last summer as he made the move back to Yorkshire to re-join Sharks. And, if anything ever perfectly epitomised the achievements and value of Bridge, it was that he finished his time in the league by helping Sharks land the BBL Trophy - whilst the Eagles came up empty-handed. Few could have predicted such a scenario, but then that also tells a lot about his career.

Not possessing particularly silky basketball skills or firepower and also seen as something of an unfashionable player by many, Bridge shames those with more natural talent who under-achieve by talking the talk instead of walking the walk. Grumpy in the extreme and with a deadpan face even when he was inwardly enjoying himself, he freely admits he was a pain in the backside to work with. But he didnt have time to suffer fools, because there was always more BBL silverware to focus on, or spending some time with the England team.

He also never bothered checking over the game stats too often, because he knew that only one stat ever mattered and that was the number of trophies tucked safely into the cabinet. With strength of character, leadership qualities, a good basketball brain and an ability to squeeze every last drop out of the talent at his disposal, Bridge leaves the pro-game with a resume which is up there with the very best.

A real winner and great professional, it really is time that Andrew Bridge is given the wider recognition and respect deserved for his truly outstanding accomplishments in the game.  




Leslee Smith
BBL Round Up Saturday 22 April - 1 hour ago
One question has been answered in the race for the BBL Championship Play-off places, as Surrey Scorchers secured their berth with a comprehensive 93-70 defeat of fellow contenders Plymouth Raiders. Scorchers have won eight of their last eleven, led this time by Gabriel McCray's 18 points and a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Chaz Rollins. Elsewhere, Bristol Flyers now also have their destiny in their own hands as an 89-81 overtime victory over Manchester Giants means tha...   [read more]

Rashad
Hassan
BBL Round Up Friday 21 April - 17 hours ago
The final weekend of the regular season started with wins for three of the top four sides in the BBL Championship. League champions, Leicester Riders were beaten 83-76 away at Esh Group Eagles Newcastle with Rahmon Fletcher leading the way with 24 points. Meanwhile, Glasgow Rocks needed a game-winner from Kieron Achara to get past Leeds Force 70-72 on the road with DBL Sharks Sheffield inflicting a first loss in 13 on Worcester Wolves with a convincing 70-83 success. Also, London Lions...   [read more]

Aaron Cosby
Friday Fever BBL 21 April - 2 days ago
The 2016-17 BBL campaign comes to an end for four teams this weekend. Three already know that, while three teams are battling to extend their seasons. Six teams have booked their spots in the Play-Offs with two still up for grabs heading into the final round of regular season fixtures. Bristol Flyers, Plymouth Raiders and Surrey Scorchers. Two will make it, one finishes with disappointment. The winner of Plymouth-Surrey on Saturday will advance and if Bristol can beat Manchester on the...   [read more]


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