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Oct
0

NBA Global Games: Durant Dominates, Ibaka rules the boards, Thunder beat Sixers 103-99

There’s only one reasonable explanation for Kevin Durant’s display in Manchester last night. He couldn’t countenance losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in a pre-season game. The Oklahoma City Thunder star recorded a double-double, with 21 points and 12 assists as well as 8 rebounds, but it was his scoring outburst in the third quarter that jumped out. Durant scored 14 points in the third frame as the Thunder turned a 3 point deficit at the break into a 9 point lead going into the fourth. With Durant sitting, OKC saw the lead slip away quickly as Tony Wroten put in an impressive display off the bench for the Sixers with 20 points.

Philly sat Germany’s Tim Ohlbrecht but fans in Manchester were treated to a double-double by the Thunder’s Spanish international Serge Ibaka who had 11 rebounds and 3 blocks to go along with his 18 points. Switzerland’s Thabo Sefolosha picked up 4 rebounds and 2 assists in his 9 minutes off the bench as the Thunder held on for a 103-99 win to finish their European tour unbeaten.

Mar
0

British Basketball League wrap: Mike Tuck’s huge 33/14 for Sharks; Eagles win two, Rocks lose two

It’s time for another look back at the weekend’s action in the British Basketball League and our guy to do so at BallinEurope is Sam Chadwick … so take it away, Sam!

This past weekend, March 9-11, saw a total of nine BBL Championship games take place starting with two title favourites, the Newcastle Eagles and the Leicester Riders going head to head at Sports Central. Strangely both of Friday night’s games finished with the exact same score!

In the Sharks’ game against the Mersey Tigers, Mike Tuck came up big, contributing a massive line-of-the-night double-double in their 99-82 win of 33 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal. Jimmy Langhurst also had a big game finishing with 32 points, four rebounds and two assists as Ryan Patton chipped in eight points and dished out eight assists while thieving a pair of steals. For the Tigers, Sam Cricelli had a solid 29-point, 11-rebound outing on 14-of-21 shooting, including 1-of-1 from three; he also grabbed two steals and a block. Myles Hesson finished with 16 points, five rebounds and a steal while Antonio Bustamante had another solid game, contributing 23 points, five assists and two steals. This week, the Sharks shot an impressive 66.7% (10-of-15) from behind the arc while the Tigers shot just 25%.

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Mar
3

British Basketball League wrap: Ayron Hardy notches monster triple-double; Plymouth Raiders roll on; three-point problems throughout the BBL?

Back from the disabled list is BallinEurope’s man in the UK, Sam Chadwick. To celebrate his recovery, Sam contributes his again-soon-to-be regular wrap of recent events in British basketball…

First off, I would like to explain my absence for all you die-hard BBL wrap-up readers. I have been unable to submit articles this past few weeks but have now regained use of my hand and am happy to write to my heart’s content; I am back and weekly reports will likely return to normal. This past weekend of March 2-4 saw a total of eight BBL Championship games take place over the weekend starting with the league-leading Newcastle Eagles taking on title-contending Plymouth Raiders.

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Jan
1

British Basketball League Wrap: Newcastle Eagles expand lead in standings with two wins

Going into another week of BBL ball, BallinEurope’s man in the UK Sam Chadwick takes a brief look back – with highlight clips – at last weekend’s games.

The weekend of January 20-22 saw a total of eight BBL Championship games take place, starting with the Mersey Tigers (2-10 going into the weekend) against the Leicester Riders (7-2) and league-leading Newcastle Eagles (11-1) hosting the Sheffield Sharks (6-6).

The round was tipped off by the Tigers, who were up against one of the league’s top teams in the Riders. The 85-66 away blowout by Leicester was a poor shooting performance by both sides, who hit a combined 9-of-36 three-point attempts, the Tigers also shooting an abysmal 50% from the free-throw line – I coach under-14s who can hit more than that!

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Jan
0

Charles Smith goes for 39 as Newcastle takes BBL Cup; Nathan Schall wins dunk contest

BallinEurope’s man in the UK, Sam Chadwick, reports on last week’s British Basketball League Cup along with the concomitant traditional festivities. Read on like Newcastle rolled on…

This past weekend saw one of the many highlights on the BBL Calendar, when the BBL Cup Final took place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. That game featured two of the league’s top teams when the first-place Newcastle Eagles (11-1) and the no. 5 Plymouth Raiders (6-2) went head to head.

The game started with Charles Smith dominating the game, going off for 21 points in the first quarter alone and on track to set a new BBL Cup points record (more on this later). Smith had 13 points within the first seven minutes and showed no signs of letting up. Charles and his 21 points outscored the Raiders 21-20 and the Eagles took a 15-point lead.

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Jan
1

British Basketball League: BBL Cup preview, weekly roundup

One of Europe’s first national tournament champions of 2012 will be crowned on Sunday in England as Birmingham hosts the British Basketball League Cup Final featuring the table-topping Newcastle Eagles (11-1) against the Plymouth Raiders (6-2). Included in the festivities will be the 2012 BBL dunk contest and the “BBL Babes Cheerleaders,” of whose identity BiE’s not exactly sure, but who’s second-guessing?

Below runs everything you’ll want to know about the BBL Cup, including the match preview courtesy BBLFans.co.uk, weekly roundup by BallinEurope man in the UK Sam Chadwick, and naturally YouTubes. Jolly good!

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Jan
0

British Basketball League wrap: Wolves get 33 points from Bolds, 20 boards from Northern; Glasgow Rocks back on track

BallinEurope’s man in the UK, Sam Chadwick, wishes us a happy new year in rounding up last weekend’s (albeit abbreviated) British Basketball League schedule. Read on for all things BBL, plus video, below!

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Dec
0

British Basketball League wrap: Wolves beat Eagles with 43-point fourth Q, now top table

There’s a new leader in the BBL after last weekend’s action, as the Worcester Wolves got to celebrate Christmas early in defeating the Newcastle Eagles. BallinEurope’s Sam Chadwick runs down his list to separate the naughty from the nice over this past weekend below…

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Dec
0

British Basketball League wrap: DeMarius Bolds goes for monster 66/19 in two games; Raiders score 111, advance to Cup final

Another week, another round of British Basketball League play … the highlight of the weekend had the Plymouth Raiders and Worcester Wolves meeting in a pair of BBL Cup semi-final games. BallinEurope’s man in the U.K., Sam Chadwick, rounds up the action. For all things BBL, read on!

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Dec
0

British Basketball League wrap: Newcastle stays undefeated, makes Cup final; Bill Cole goes for 34 and 15 in Cheshire loss

The plot thickens in the 2011-12 edition of the British Basketball League … BallinEurope’s man in the UK, Sam Chadwick, summarizes last weekend’s action while making us wonder if anyone in the BBL can beat Newcastle…

The first weekend of December saw some great basketball in the BBL including a thrilling Cup second leg between the Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders as well as three games decided by five points or less.

The second leg of the BBL Cup Semi-Final took place on Friday with the Eagles booking a place in the final with a 71-63 win over the Leicester Riders. The Eagles were led by a 22-point, 11-rebound double-double by Andrew Thomson; 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists by Charles Smith helped while Joe Chapman added 13 points to go with three rebounds and one assist. Cameron Rundles, Andrew Sullivan and Ayron Hardy combined for 42 of the Riders’ 63 points: Cameron finished with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists; Sullivan had 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists; and Hardy contributed 12 points and six rebounds to offset five turnovers.

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