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BBL Standings
 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 
Full Standings
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
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 
NBL D3 Standings
 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 
 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 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.21.0 
 2. Fletcher, Newcastl.20.5 
 3. Hassan, London L.19.7 
 4. Sanders, Leeds F.19.3 
 5. Walker, Worceste.18.9 
 6. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.9 
 7. Parks, Newcastl.18.5 
 8. Brown, Cheshire P.18.3 
 9. Grady, Plymouth R.18.2 
 10. Cosby, Bristol AF17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice WALKER
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Walker, Worceste.9.1 
 2. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.8.7 
 3. Marsden, Leeds F.8.3 
 4. Hassan, London L.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. Smith, Bristol AF7.8 
 10. Grady, Plymouth R.7.7 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.6.5 
 2. Taylor, London L.6.5 
 3. Klassen, Worceste.6.2 
 4. Wilcher, Cheshire P.6.0 
 5. Clark, Leicester R.5.7 
 6. Ali, Bristol AF5.5 
 7. Davis, Sheffield S.5.4 
 8. Carter, Plymouth.5.3 
 9. DiNunno, Cheshire.5.2 
 10. Sandoval, Leeds F.4.9 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.9
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.2.9 
 2. Taylor, London L.2.2 
 3. Ali, Bristol AF2.2 
 4. Carter, Plymouth.2.1 
 5. Nicholas, Plymouth R.2.1 
 6. Bernardini, Leiceste.1.9 
 7. Neighbour, Surrey S.1.9 
 8. Sandoval, Leeds F.1.9 
 9. Anderson, Cheshire.1.9 
 10. Lasker, Newcastl.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kieron ACHARA
  Glasgow .
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Achara, Glasgow .1.7 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.1.5 
 3. Webster, Manchest.1.4 
 4. Martin, Newcastl.1.1 
 5. Thomas, Glasgow .0.9 
 6. Grady, Plymouth R.0.9 
 7. Smith, Bristol AF0.9 
 8. Dixon, Plymouth R.0.9 
 9. Allen-Jordan, Cheshire.0.9 
 10. Brown, Cheshire P.0.8 

Next Round Schedule

Game 1 (Quarter-Finals)

Leicester R 73% Apr.28 Surrey S.
Newcastle E 65% Apr.28 Bristol AF
Glasgow Rock 64% Apr.28 London Lions
Sheffield S 65% Apr.28 Worcester W
Sullivan Sends A Message - May 27, 2013

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There cannot be too many players in the world that have had a better season in the basketball world than Leicester Riders Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova). The 6' 8" forward began his 2012/13 season captaining GB in a home Olympic Games and ended it by anchoring his club side to their 3rd trophy of the season with a MVP performance in the BBL Play-Off Final at Wembley Arena.

The Riders Play-Off Final win completed an almost unbelievable season for one of The BBLs oldest franchise and signalled their total domination of the sport in GB during the 2012/13 season. Not only the win but they actually beat storied rivals Newcastle Eagles five times out of five on their way to their three trophy successes.

Sullivan also won The BBL's MVP of the Season award as well as a host of other individual awards for a man who's middle name surely should be 'Winner'. However, as always during a reflection on the play-Off Final and his season, Sullivan was more about others and paid tribute to all The Riders organisation.

"Definitely a great win and a great way to end such a fantastic season. We knew we were up against a great team. A team that prides itself on winning year in year out. But we wanted to finish our season with a win and that's what we were focused on."

"The great thing about playing with these guys is that if this game was played out on a street corner or with milk crates as baskets they'd work just as hard. Winning a trophy and getting a medal is not what they're about. Just winning is what they want to do and that's why I love playing with these guys."

Sullivan has obviously got massive amounts of respect for his team-mates and what they've achieved this season and puts the key down to their defensive intensity and willingness to play for each other.

"First and foremost they're a bunch of guys that have no problems in sacrificing for each other. I've seen it time and time again. In the semi-final 2nd leg it was Pavel (Losonsky) who had 21, Jay's (Cousinard) had big games, Zaire's (Taylor) had big games and its been spread out."

"When someone's feeling it we keep feeding them and let teams figure out how they're going to stop them. If they do and they start doubling them then we just give it to the next guy and they'll start making shots and so on and so forth. But the thing that we've really laid our hat on is playing defence."

"This is probably one of the best defensive teams I've ever played on. I mean we restricted them to less than 60 points. When a team has so many offensive options like they do and you take it away with them only making one three-point shot in a championship game, we take huge amounts of pride from that."

And yes, it is about what the players do on court that ultimately makes the difference and decides the destiny but Sullivan was also in no doubt about the part that Coach Rob Paternostro has played in the success.

"I can't imagine there's any coaches that work any harder than he does. I mean I've worked with a lot of good coaches but he's almost obsessive compulsive but in a good way. It just shows how much he loves coaching and how much he loves his team. Its been an absolute honour and a privilege to play for him."

"The scary thing is he keeps recruiting great players that fit in to this league so well. Guys that no-one else seems to see. If he keeps doing this the way that he does then someone from The States may well come and grab him. I just hope that Russell (Levenston) can find a contract he deserves and that it'll keep him here a while longer."

Sullivan certainly has total respect for his coach as well as his team-mates but there can be no denying he's the glue that holds the whole thing together with his unselfish team play and then big individual nights when his team need him to step up and he's deserved all the individual success he's achieved this season.

"Its nice, of course it is and I'm happy but, it could have been any one of us. It could have been Jay again. After he won the MVP of the Cup Final everyone was happy for him. It could have been Zaire, it could have been Pavel and I would be as equally happy."

"I just went out to try and play hard. I didn't go out to play hard to win the MVP. I went out to play hard for my team-mates and help them win another trophy. If the MVP came along with that then fair play but its a small bonus, that's all. But the important thing for me is that this is a team and when we need someone to make plays for each other they always do and did."

So, now that Leicester have hit the heights and Sullivan is at the top of that peak as the leader of the pack will they be able to repeat the whole thing next campaign?

"Next season is a long way away. I'm still in the emotion and moment of this one and this win. It would be great to have continuity in the team as I think that's one of the keys to success. We've got really, really first-class players here and it would be great to have everyone back. Obviously there'll be a lot of talking going on through the summer. Hopefully things will get sorted out and everyone can agree a contract and we can come back and do it all again."

With Sullivan already signed up for the next campaign and the likes of stalwart Barry Lamble, the growing talents of Jamell Anderson, the promise of Connor Washington and the starting five presence of in-season signing Anthony Rowe the Riders seem to be doing their business early and sending a message to the BBL that they're here to stay and are the team to beat.

Drew Sullivan is certainly the man that on-court has that presence to cajole and gel them all together and it would take a brave man to bet against Riders repeating again next season.  

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We bring you last week's top performances from British players 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 U18 international forward Carl Wheatle (196-98). Heto a victory against the tenth-ranked Eurobasket Roma in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game.    [read more]

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Manchester drop curtain on Senior Playoff Finals with D1M win - 2 days ago
Manchester retained their D1M Playoff title after a comfortable 73-53 win over Loughborough. A poor 2nd quarter where the Riders fell behind and shot just 2/15 from the floor proved too much to overcome against a well drilled and talented Magic side. Unable to call upon the injured Josh Ward-Hibbert, Loughborough struggled to find answers on offence for the duration. With the game meandering through the 2nd half, an altercation between Lee Goldsborough and Jonas Dieterich during a loose b...   [read more]

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