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 1. Bristol AF 0-0 
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 3. Glasgow Rocks 0-0 
 4. Leeds Force 0-0 
 5. Leicester R. 0-0 
 6. London Lions 0-0 
 7. Manchester G. 0-0 
 8. Newcastle E. 0-0 
 9. Plymouth R. 0-0 
 10. Sheffield S. 0-0 
 11. Surrey S. 0-0 
 12. Worcester W. 0-0 
Last:7/4/2017
NBL D1 Standings
 1. Bradford D. 0-0 
 2. Derby T. 0-0 
 3. Hemel Storm 0-0 
 4. Kent C. 0-0 
 5. Lancashire S 0-0 
 6. Leicester W. 0-0 
 7. London Lituanica 0-0 
 8. Loughborough 0-0 
 9. Manchester M. 0-0 
 10. Northumbria 0-0 
 11. Reading R. 0-0 
 12. Solent K. 0-0 
 13. Team Newcastle U. 0-0 
 14. Worthing T. 0-0 
Last:7/4/2017
NBL D2 Standings
 1. Birmingham E. 0-0 
 2. Derbyshire A. 0-0 
 3. Essex L. 0-0 
 4. Ipswich T. 0-0 
 5. Liverpool 0-0 
 6. London GP 0-0 
 7. London W. 0-0 
 8. Middlesex LTBC 0-0 
 9. Nottingham H. 0-0 
 10. Sussex B. 0-0 
 11. Thames Valley C. 0-0 
 12. Westminster W. 0-0 
Last:7/4/2017
NBL D3 Standings
North
 1. Birmingham M. 0-0 
 2. Chester 0-0 
 3. Coventry T. 0-0 
 4. Danum E. 0-0 
 5. Loughborough 2 0-0 
 6. Manchester G. 2 0-0 
 7. Myerscough 0-0 
 8. Sheffield S. 2 0-0 
 9. Stoke-on-Trent K. 0-0 
 10. Sunderland 0-0 
 11. Wolverhampton 0-0 
 12. Worcester W.2 0-0 
South
 1. Cardiff City 0-0 
 2. Cardiff MA 0-0 
 3. East London 0-0 
 4. Essex B. 0-0 
 5. Greenwich T. 0-0 
 6. London Pride 0-0 
 7. Northants T. 0-0 
 8. Oxford 0-0 
 9. Solent II 0-0 
 10. Swindon 0-0 
Last:7/4/2017
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 

First Round Schedule
London Lions 58% Oct.1 Surrey S.
Glasgow Rock 60% Oct.1 Sheffield S
Bristol AF 61% Sep.30 Plymouth R.
Leeds Force 59% Sep.29 Newcastle E
Manchester G 56% Sep.29 Leicester R
Sheffield S 57% Sep.29 Surrey S.
Worcester W 55% Sep.29 London Lions
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First Round Schedule
Team Newcast 57% Oct.8 Reading R.
Northumbria 58% Oct.8 Solent K.
Worthing T. 55% Oct.7 Leicester W
Manchester M 55% Oct.7 Kent C.
Hemel Storm 59% Oct.7 London Litua
Bradford D. 61% Oct.7 Loughborough
Derby T. 59% Oct.7 Lancashire S
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Hulsen Hopeful For Future - Jul 14, 2013


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JEFF KING
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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."   




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