Experienced naturalized American Charles Smith (198-F-75) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Newcastle E. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26. The 37-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Mersey Tigers (#12, 0-24) with 43-point margin 100-57. Newcastle E. maintains the 2nd position in American BBL. Newcastle E. has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-2. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Newcastle E., through which he has constantly improved. Rider University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.5ppg) and averages solid 44.8% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American forward Frank Holmes (206-F-84) of Surrey Heat. Holmes impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Surrey Heat cruised to a 87-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Cheshire P. (#10, 8-18). Surrey Heat's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Holmes is a newcomer at Surrey Heat and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Alif Bland (203-C-89) of Cheshire P. (#10). Bland scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Bland's great performance Cheshire P. lost 78-87 to the higher-ranked Surrey Heat (#6, 15-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cheshire P. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bland could try to bring Cheshire P.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Bland has individually a great season in United Kingdom. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (7th best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 55.4%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Travis Holmes (193-G-86) of Surrey Heat - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) of Newcastle E. - 13 points and 14 rebounds 6. Joe Chapman (193-G-84) of Newcastle E. - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Mike Baldarelli (193-F/G-89) of Durham W. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Jamie Vanderbeken (210-F-87) of Glasgow Rocks - 16 points and 8 rebounds 9. Shawn Myers (198-G/F-69) of Cheshire P. - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Rod Brown (186-PG-78) of London Lions - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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 email@example.com
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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