The Eagles' guard takes his place in our line up for the fifth time this season after starring in a comfortable victory for the title chasers at Mersey Tigers last Friday. Having led the BBL in assists during February, Chapman added another four to his tally, but it was his trademark shooting prowess from long-range which caught the eye. He finished with a game-high 26 points after managing to make six shots from behind the three-point line, whilst also continuing his usual impressive defensive work by claiming an excellent four steals and three rebounds.
It's been a great first season in the BBL for Alex Owumi and recognition for this comes by way of his fifth BBL Team of the Week appearance. The versatile swingman almost fired his team to the BBL Trophy Final with an inspirational double-double display in the semi-final second leg against Riders. But, despite helping to inflict a first home loss of the season on the hosts, it wasn't enough to overturn the first-leg deficit. Owumi therefore had a bitter-sweet night after a disappointing outcome but a quite wonderful individual haul of 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Our first of two debutantes this week, it's been a strange season for the Heat forward but he has certainly impressed. He was initially brought in as a replacement for injured Martelle McLemore and did great before returning home mid-season and then being brought back for a second time. And, that recent decision to recall him was endorsed after Holmes contributed a typically all-action line of 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal to take down Cheshire Phoenix and end a worrying five game losing streak for his team.
There's a second Heat forward in our starting five this week as Frank joins his namesake for a second appearance of the season, the first having come way back during week five. Holmes was certainly effective under the basket for the hosts in the victory against Phoenix. In fact, he was almost unstoppable against his former club as he made a stunning 10 of 11 inside to claim 22 points. He also came up with four rebounds, three steals and two assists in what was the second best performance of the entire weekend.
Our second BBL Team of the Week debutante, Vanderbeken certainly showed his impressive shooting range against Durham Wildcats at the Emirates Arena. The Rocks's forwad helped the hosts to complete a rout against the visitors from the north-east by sinking four triples and making both attempts inside, en-route to 16 points - his highest so far during his still relatively brief stint with the Scottish side. He also harvested eight rebounds and blocked two shots to help Rocks cement third place in the BBL Championship table.
Off The Bench - Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), Zaire Taylor (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Alif Bland (Cheshire Phoenix), Mike Baldarelli (Durham Wildcats), Ralph Bucci (Durham Wildcats), Demetrius Jemison (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Darius Defoe (Newcastle Eagles)
The BBL are delighted to announce that the Bristol Flyers will be joining their ranks.
The Flyers, who will be owned by Bristol Sport Ltd, will commence participation in BBL Competition from the start of the 2014-15 season. They will remain in the EBL Division One for the forthcoming season [read more]
The BBL are delighted to announce that the Bristol Flyers will be joining their ranks.
The Flyers, who will be owned by Bristol Sport Ltd, will commence participation in BBL Competition from the start of the 2014-15 season. They will remain in the EBL Division One for the forthcoming season.
The club have established themselves as one of the most successful and well-supported community basketball clubs in the country outside of the BBL, securing promotion to National League Division 1 in 2007, becoming National Cup Champions in 2010 and being crowned as English Division 1 Champions in 2011.
Bristol Sport Chairman Martin Griffiths said 'The Flyers have already developed one of the best youth schemes and academy pathways in the country, and having performed so successfully in recent years at the top of the semi-professional leagues, it is right and proper they should be part of the UK's premier professional basketball league.
"This new Bristol Flyers BBL franchise will give the city's talented young basketball players and coaches the chance to develop and to shine at the national level. It's great news for sport in Bristol, and I am delighted that Bristol Sport has been able to make it happen."
Andy Webb, BBL Chief Operating Officer, commented: "We are delighted to welcome the Bristol Flyers to the BBL. They are a perfect fit to extend our reach within the UK and, with the support of Bristol Sport, we believe all the building blocks are in place for a hugely successful franchise."
The London Lions have made point guard Rod Brown(186-PG-78, college: W.Michigan) their first signing as they get ready to move to the Copper Box Arena.
The 61 American made an instant impact when he joined the Lions at the turn of this year, spearheading their successful push for a Playoff place. Brown is a veteran of many years playing in the UK before heading off to Europe to play in the big leagues in Spain and Italy [read more]
The London Lions have made point guard Rod Brown (186-PG-78, college: W.Michigan) their first signing as they get ready to move to the Copper Box Arena.
The 61 American made an instant impact when he joined the Lions at the turn of this year, spearheading their successful push for a Playoff place. Brown is a veteran of many years playing in the UK before heading off to Europe to play in the big leagues in Spain and Italy.
Now a British passport holder, Brown took hold of the team making the winning basket in the Lions last regular season game to qualify for the Playoffs.
Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay had this to say, Im just so excited, we have a great opportunity at the Queen Elizabeth Park and with these great challenges we need capable men, Rod was a great addition to us last season and hes just as excited as I am about the move, his veteran leadership was key and will be required this season as we try to compete at the top of the League table, we had a job on our hands to retain his services as he was in great demand hear and overseas but the potential here is the best in British basketball and I think Rod saw that.
A native of Texas, Brown graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 before coming over to the UK to play. Following spells in Greece, Spain and Italy, Brown played in Switzerland in 2011 where he won the Championship and Playoffs.
Last season Brown averaged 15 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Lions, however it was the calmness under pressure that he brought to his team mates, Macaulay added, In building this years team Rod was our first name down and all at the club are delighted to have been able to bring him back but this is only the start of assembling an exciting team for London.
Player sponsorship is now available for Rod Brown on a first come first served basis.
The Lions are about to announce Season ticket offers for the Copper Box as well as a first opportunity to go to the Copper Box and pick your seats in Seat Selection Sunday, if youre interested in any of these please just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Prunty takes over Great Britain - Jun 12, 2013
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Great Britain has finally got to know the name of their new head coach. Joe Prunty will guide the team at the 2013 EuroBasket. He replaces Chris Finch who stepped down after the London Olympics. Joe Prunty has lately worked as assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Previously he was assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks. Previously Joe Prunty worked as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs [read more]
Great Britain has finally got to know the name of their new head coach. Joe Prunty will guide the team at the 2013 EuroBasket. He replaces Chris Finch who stepped down after the London Olympics. Joe Prunty has lately worked as assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Previously he was assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks. Previously Joe Prunty worked as a scout for the San Antonio Spurs. Great Britain will try to improve their two consecutive 13th-place EuroBasket campaigns in 2009 and 2011. They will play in Group A of EuroBasket. Great Britain will face France, Germany, Belgium, Israel and Ukraine. Top three teams from the group will advance into the Second Stage of the tournament.
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