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 1. Newcastle E. 5-0 
 2. Sheffield S. 4-1 
 3. Leicester R. 3-1 
 4. London Lions 3-2 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 3-2 
 6. Surrey S. 3-2 
 7. Cheshire P. 2-1 
 8. Bristol AF 1-2 
 9. Plymouth R. 1-3 
 10. Worcester W. 0-3 
 11. Leeds Force 0-4 
 12. Manchester G. 0-4 
Full Standings
Last:10/23/2017
NBL D1 Standings
 1. Solent K. 3-1 
 2. Reading R. 2-0 
 3. Bradford D. 2-1 
 4. Manchester M. 2-1 
 5. Loughborough 2-1 
 6. Northumbria 1-0 
 7. Derby T. 1-1 
 8. Kent C. 1-1 
 9. Worthing T. 1-1 
 10. Team Newcastle U. 1-2 
 11. London Lituanica 0-0 
 12. Hemel Storm 0-1 
 13. Lancashire S 0-3 
 14. Leicester W. 0-3 
Full Standings
Last:10/23/2017
NBL D2 Standings
 1. Nottingham H. 2-0 
 2. Derbyshire A. 1-0 
 3. Essex L. 1-0 
 4. Birmingham E. 1-1 
 5. Ipswich T. 1-1 
 6. Liverpool 1-1 
 7. London GP 1-1 
 8. Middlesex LTBC 1-1 
 9. Sussex B. 1-1 
 10. Westminster W. 1-1 
 11. London W. 0-2 
 12. Thames Valley C. 0-2 
Last:10/20/2017
NBL D3 Standings
North
 1. Myerscough 3-0 
 2. Birmingham M. 2-1 
 3. Chester 2-1 
 4. Stoke-on-Trent K. 2-1 
 5. Sunderland 2-1 
 6. Loughborough 2 1-1 
 7. Sheffield S. 2 1-1 
 8. Wolverhampton 1-1 
 9. Danum E. 1-2 
 10. Coventry T. 0-2 
 11. Manchester G. 2 0-2 
 12. Worcester W.2 0-2 
South
 1. Northants T. 2-0 
 2. Oxford 2-0 
 3. Solent II 2-0 
 4. Cardiff MA 1-1 
 5. East London 1-1 
 6. London Pride 1-1 
 7. Swindon 1-1 
 8. Cardiff City 1-2 
 9. Greenwich T. 1-2 
 10. Essex B. 0-2 
Last:10/20/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jaysean PAIGE
  Newcastl.
  (188-G-94)
  Avg: 26.6
 1. Paige, Newcastl.26.6 
 2. Watson, Plymouth.23.8 
 3. Penn, Plymouth R.23.0 
 4. Nimley, Newcastle E.23.0 
 5. Riley, Cheshire P.19.7 
 6. Billups, Glasgow .19.2 
 7. Flannigan, London L.18.8 
 8. Boggs, Bristol AF18.0 
 9. Robinson, London L.17.8 
 10. Defoe, Newcastl.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony WROBLICKY
  Sheffiel.
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.9.8 
 2. Jackman, Cheshire.9.3 
 3. Gettys, Cheshire P.9.0 
 4. Edozie, Bristol AF8.7 
 5. Penn, Plymouth R.8.7 
 6. Wells, Plymouth R.7.8 
 7. Kadiri, Manchest.7.8 
 8. Flannigan, London L.7.6 
 9. Nzenge, Leeds Force7.5 
 10. Watson, Plymouth.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Neil WATSON
  Plymouth.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Watson, Plymouth.6.8 
 2. Robinson, London L.6.8 
 3. Paige, Newcastl.6.0 
 4. McKnight, Sheffiel.5.6 
 5. Lanegger, London L.5.6 
 6. Nimley, Newcastle E.5.4 
 7. Vigor, Bristol AF5.3 
 8. Jones, Manchest.4.8 
 9. Khan, Worcester W.4.7 
 10. Childress, Leeds F.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew LASKER
  Newcastl.
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lasker, Newcastl.3.7 
 2. Childress, Leeds F.2.8 
 3. Paige, Newcastl.2.6 
 4. Robinson, London L.2.4 
 5. Jukic, Newcastl.2.4 
 6. Harrison, Glasgow .2.0 
 7. Riley, Cheshire P.2.0 
 8. Nimley, Newcastle E.1.8 
 9. Bernardini, Leiceste.1.8 
 10. Watson, Plymouth.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Raheem MAY-THOMPSON
  Cheshire.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. May-Thompson, Cheshire.2.0 
 2. Nix, Leeds Force1.7 
 3. Jukic, Newcastl.1.6 
 4. Williams, Sheffiel.1.4 
 5. Kadiri, Manchest.1.3 
 6. Rettig, Manchest.1.3 
 7. Hampton, Leiceste.1.3 
 8. Thomson, Leiceste.1.3 
 9. Fullah, Leeds Force1.0 
 10. Achara, Glasgow .1.0 

Next Round Schedule

Round 5 (Regular Season)

Glasgow Rock 61% Oct.29 Surrey S.
Manchester G Oct.29 Plymouth R. 66%
Leeds Force Oct.27 Bristol AF 78%
Sheffield S 73% Oct.27 London Lions
Worcester W Oct.27 Cheshire P. 91%
Next Round Schedule

Round 4 (Regular Season)

Reading R. 80% Oct.28 Worthing T.
Team Newcast Oct.28 Northumbria 73%
Leicester W Oct.28 Derby T. 91%
London Litua Oct.28 Manchester M 97%
Kent C. Oct.28 Loughborough 53%
Lancashire S 57% Oct.28 Hemel Storm
Hulsen Hopeful For Future - Jul 14, 2013


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Gael Hulsen
As the eagerly awaited BBL fixtures were being finally formulated before their publication this week, the league was dealt a blow when it was revealed that basement club Mersey Tigers would not be lining up for the 2013/14 season after a disastrous campaign in 2012/13 that saw them fail to win a game in all BBL competitions.

This included a humiliating BBL Trophy loss at the hands of EBL Division 1 Worthing Thunder who at that time had yet to win a game. So, there was no doubting that it was a tough season for The Tigers and many wondered about their participation in the forthcoming BBL season.

Last week, the feelings of many were confirmed with the announcement of Mersey's withdrawal and whilst it could hardly be deemed a huge surprise for many, it did come as a shock to one or two closely associated with the club who thought they had weathered the storm and were about to turn the corner.

Whilst a 35 game losing season is certainly nothing to write home about, the Tigers did make a lot of friends with their never-say-die attitude and willingness to give young local talent a chance to shine at BBL level and there is no doubting that their players and coaching staff never let their heads drop during difficult times.

One of those that epitomised that attitude and character as well as anyone was 22-year Gael Hulsen (193-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management). The former Belgian Under-20 international came to the club as a virtual unknown and by the end of the season had shown that he could hold his own in the BBL.

Hulsen only missed one game and ended up with respectable statistics of 10.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds a game averaging 32 minutes per game and he also shot 73.6% from the free throw line. He played more minutes than anyone else on the Tigers roster and despite his young age ended the season as Tigers captain and MVP.

Hulsen had been hoping to go back to Mersey this season and build on his own personal performance as well as try to help the progress of pro-basketball in the City of Liverpool. The announcement last week left him surprised and disappointment and it also left him, currently, without a team for next season.

EuroBasket spoke with Hulsen on the day following the BBL announcement and asked him how he felt about the news of the Tigers demise.

"I feel really sad for the club, staff, owners and all the fans. I had been in touch with the coach since the end of the last season and I know he had worked hard in the off season to form a competitive team that could make progress in the BBL."

"I had hoped to be back next season and help them progress. Despite what happened last season it was still a pleasure to play for the coach, for Mersey Tigers and in The BBL. But, I think it is a complicated situation and one that is difficult to come to terms with and explain. I am saddened and very disappointed that this has happened."

Anyone that saw Hulsen play last season could see that despite the adversity he always gave 100% and showed he could play in the BBL.

"I am still a young professional and motivated to work hard. I am always thinking about raising my level up month after month, week after week, day after day. For a young guy who played his first year in another country, I finished with a correct line of stats."

"I proved to the coach last season that I was regular, consistent and serious in my work and he saw that as I was made Captain of the team after the Christmas break which shows how much he thought of me and my game. And I think I proved to the fans that I have the ability to play at BBL level too as I received the MVP title of the team with 80% of the fans votes."

Clearly at the end of the season Hulsen was hopeful that he would be coming back to the BBL and began his preparations almost as soon as he got back to Belgium.

"As soon as I finished the season and got back to Belgium I immediately made contact with a sport doctor and a physical trainer who set out a schedule for me for all the holidays. The doctor also gave me a diet and continues to monitor me. I also work 5 days a week with an individual coach to keep practicing on all aspects of my game too."

"I would love to come back to the BBL as the level is really competitive and I really appreciate people's mentality in England and their support. But, if I do not make it back to The BBL I hope to play pro-ball somewhere else as before I came to England I had played professionally in Belgium since I was 17."

"I know after my experience last season in the BBL I have raised the level of my game and become better physically and mentally. I feel I have a lot to offer any club that I sign for as I always work hard and defend my clubs colours. I prepare well for every game, take my involvement seriously and give a positive, consistent and committed attitude in everything I do."

Whether Hulsen turns up in The BBL again next season will depend on whether any other club was impressed enough and is willing to take a chance on this likeable young man's talent and attitude. But whatever happens, Hulsen will remember his time in The BBL with Mersey fondly despite the trials and tribulations he went through.

"It was certainly a learning experience and despite what happened to us most games I still enjoyed it. Being in a different country and experiencing different cultures was exciting and I also enjoyed very much the level of the basketball and it showed me that I can play at a good level for the future."   




Alex Owumi
BBL Round Up Sunday 22 October - 1 day ago
Surrey Scorchers ensured they were the last team through to the BBL Cup Quarter-Finals with a tight 74-71 victory over Plymouth Raiders. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) and his late three-pointer proved pivotal as Surrey held their nerve to advance, much to the delight of the ecstatic home crowd. Gerald Robinson led the hosts in scoring with 18 points. Elsewhere, in the Championship, Glasgow Rocks held court to defeat a battling Manchester Giants 118-62. The hosts utilised a...   [read more]

Jaysean
Paige
BBL Round Up Friday 20 October - 3 days ago
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle and DBL Sharks Sheffield continued their winning runs int he BBL Championship, while Leicester Riders suffered a first defeat. The Eagles moved to 5-0 with a 101-96 victory over Worcester Wolves with Jaysean Paige(188-G-94, college: W.Virginia, agency: SDJ Sports) netting 37 points in the comeback win as the hosts overturned a 19-point deficit. Sheffield pulled away for an 86-70 success against Bristol Flyers with Leicester's unbeaten start ending at home with...   [read more]

Ryan Wilson
BBL Friday Feeling with Ryan Wilson - 3 days ago
Leicester Riders and Esh Group Eagles Newcastle are yet to taste defeat so far this season, while DBL Sharks Sheffield are riding a three-game win streak. All three are in action tonight on home court with Atiba Lyons' Sharks welcoming Bristol Flyers to the EIS in a game streamed live on UniLAD's Facebook page. After dropping their league opener at home, Sheffield have bounced back by winning their last three games and summer recruit Ryan Wilson(195-G/F-88, college: William Penn) believ...   [read more]


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