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Friday 4th Feb going to EISS to see BBL Cup winners Sheffield Sharks vs Worcester Wolves. 7.30 tip off, tickets £5 until Weds, £9 thereafter.



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Friday 4th February - EISS - Sheffield Sharks 93 Worcester Wolves 84
Adm £5 Prog £2

Super win for the Sharks although it didn't come easy. Rod Middleton impressed for the Wolves leading them to a 15 point half time lead as the Sharks looked on course for a huge beating. Coach Atiba Lyons lead by example in the second half as a run of 14-2 brought the home side back into it. Ryan Patton excelled with several fine 3 pointers, guiding the Sharks to a narrow win by the end. Some atrocious refereeing (doesn't only happen in football!) saw Steve Dagostino ejected from the game, despite receiving a blow to the face. Once again, great excitement, great spirit and surely the best value ticket in town.



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Friday 4th March - EISS - Sheffield Sharks 86 Leicester Riders 79
Adm £5 Prog £2

Another scintillating game with nothing in it all. For once the Sharks got off to a reasonable start and took a 41-35 lead into the third period. Marcus Stout excelled for the Sharks hitting several 3 pointers, whilst big Mike Tuck typified a battling performance. Riders danger man Blount posted 28 points but it was the antics of Leicester coach Rob Paternostro that stirred the game up. His Joe Pesci-style Italian-American strop seemed to reflect in the performance of his players, who preceded to elbow, trip, punch, you name it. Highlight being the sizeable Stout squaring up with the diminutive Blount. In the end Sharks held on in a nailbiter, big Tuck posting 25 points to earn the MVP. Re-match is at EISS next Friday and given the ill-tempered nature of this one, it should be interesting.



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Tuesday 22nd March - Ponds Forge ISC
Sheffield Sharks 98 MK Lions 86
Adm £5 Prog £2

Change of venue from the usual English Institute of Sport and a change from regular game night probably affected the attendance somewhat.

Another solid performance from a rather thin-looking Sharks squad (8 only as opposed to MK's 12), shorn of the injured Marcus Stout. Playmakers Ryan Patton and Steve Dagostino were somewhat subdued so it was left to the inside duo of Mike Tuck and Paul Williams to come up with the big plays. Tuck was outstanding with 32 points and 11 rebounds whilst fellow big man Williams posted 20 points and 10 rebounds (and managed to lose a contact lens midway through the 3rd qtr!). Demarius Bolds found the target from distance on several occasions to register 27 points for MK, impressing along with Kris Clark and Stefan Gill. Sharks generally managed to keep a 10 point buffer and deservedly ran out winners (although the MK score was recorded as 84 on the night?).

News filtered through that Mersey Tigers had beaten Newcastle Eagles, leaving the title race wide open. Tigers top the league with 38 points (19 wins 5 losses), Eagles are second on 38 points (19 wins 6 losses), Sharks are third on 38 points (19 wins 7 losses).

Sharks have home games back at EISS on Friday 1 April v Worthing, Weds 6 April v Glasgow and Fri 8 April v Mersey. An interesting finale to the season awaits!



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Weds 6th April
Sheffield Sharks 82 Glasgow Rocks 65
EISS Adm £5 Prog £2

Lacklustre end of season affair, somewhat spoiled by Sharks defeat to Mersey Tigers the previous night, thus ruling them out of the title race.

Sharks completely dominated at a half empty EISS to the point where it was almost laughable. Easy twos were eschewed in favour of spectacular threes, some of which stuck as Glasgow were easily the poorest side to visit this season.

Paul Williams gave a masterclass under the basket on offence and defence and was deservedly MVP for his 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Mersey beat Newcastle 80-75 in the north east and are now champions. They visit the EISS on Friday for the final regular season game. Friday 15th sees the play-offs commence, Plymouth Raiders looking like being the Sharks quarter final opponents.



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Friday 8th April
Sheffield Sharks 83 Mersey Tigers 73

Comfortable win for the Sharks over newly-crowned BBL champs Mersey Tigers, shorn of ex-Sharks Nate Reinking and Perry Lawson. A nasty fall for GB skipper Drew Sullivan saw him withdrawn from the game and sent for x-rays. Still not to detract from the Sharks, who had a storming 2nd quarter to open up a 46-28 half time lead thanks to Ryan Patton and our lasses mate's favourite basketballing hunk Steve Dagostino.

David Aliu led a one-man comeback for the Tigers, pulling the score to 76-70 but Sharks held on to close out the win. Tigers received the trophy and were most uncharitable all evening (I was sat behind their bench), bunch of moaners it struck me.

Had some great entertainment at EISS this season and can't help thinking that a bit more consistency and the Sharks would have been recipients of the title rather than the financially-troubled Tigers.

Play-offs on Friday, Sharks at home to Glasgow, who were embarrassingly poor on Wednesday. 2nd leg at Kelvin Hall on Sunday. Semi-finals are on the weekend beginning 22nd April.



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Friday 15th April
Sheffield Sharks 67 Glasgow Rocks 83 (BBL Play Off Quarter Final 1st Leg)

Bit of a turn up for the books this one. Sharks crucified a shabby Glasgow outfit just a couple of weeks ago, a very different tale last night. Sterling Davis had the Rocks visibly fired up for this one, something that the Sharks would have done well to match. Dangerman EJ Harrison again excelled for the Rocks although Davis, Livas and ex Star Wars Wookie Michael Kingma all had productive games (enjoyed Kingma pointing to the scoreboard upon his exit from the game for receiving 5 fouls!). Steve Dagostino top scored in the game with 21 points but the Sharks are going to have to do something special to claw back 16 points at the Kelvin Hall on Monday night. I hope they do, I wouldn't mind seeing a play-off semi final next week!



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Apr 20, 2011, 10:56 AM

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Sharks overturned the 15 point deficit beating the Rocks 94-73. First leg semi final is away at Newcastle on Friday, second leg at EISS on Sunday at 3pm. Tickets £6. Unfortunately, I'm playing cricket Frown



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New season starts 30th Sept. Change of personnel for the Sharks with Patton, Dagostino, Williams and Stout departing. Incoming are Justin Dobbins (ex Worcester and a beast!), BJ Jenkins (first pro contract) and GB guard Nate Reinking (veteran former Shark). Atiba Lyons remains as player coach with Mike Tuck, Olu Babalola and Adrian Anderson signing on for another year. Another slim squad for the Sharks compared to some teams who have 10+ on the roster but a very talented one.

The NBA lockout continues in the States with Lakers Ron Artest (or Metta World Peace as he likes to be known!) stating that he will be joining Cheshire Jets if it continues. Apparently insurance and the fact Artest is doing the US version of Strictly are issues but it would be interesting to say the least to see an NBA superstar playing in front of a few hundred in the BBL. He is bonkers and rich enough to try it.

Enjoyed seeing Chicago Bulls Luol Deng playing for GB in the recent Eurobasket tournament, despite our early exit. Looking forward to the BBL campaign start as a result.



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Friday 30th Sept 2011

BBL Trophy - Sheffield Sharks 66 Cheshire Jets 62

Adm £6 Programme - free

Good opening day win for the Sharks...eventually. Lousy start saw them 6-20 down as the much-changed side didn't appear to be gell-ing. Coach Atiba Lyons stepped off the bench to kickstart a second quarter rally as the half closed at 30-35. Bill Cole (19 pts) excelled for the Jets but it took crucial three's from Mike Tuck and the returning Nate Reinking to eventually put the Sharks in front. The Jets managed to bring the game level again but a vital time-out with 1.30 left on the clock proved to be a masterstroke. Olu Babalola and Justin Dobbins (who had a great debut with 18 boards) netted to see the Sharks home, just. Low scoring but entertaining nonetheless. New look game night with lighting effects, Sharks legends posters, free programmes and a new dance troupe. Once the team gets to know each other, they should be challenging for BBL honours once again.



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Friday 14th October 2011

BBL Trophy

Sheffield Sharks 84 Mersey Tigers 81 (overtime)

Adm £6 Prog free

Sharks completed a four game clean sweep to storm into the semi finals of the BBL Trophy but were pushed all the way by Mersey Tigers.

Sharks started brightly and led 19-16 at the end of the 1st quarter. Mersey, who's players have only been training together for 2 weeks (a result of money troubles), showed tremendous team spirit and went in at half time as 43-39 leaders. They held on to that lead by one point at the end of the 3rd and at 66-72 with 2 minutes to play, looked to be on course for a remarkable victory.

There is a fair degree of talent in the new look Sharks line-up however and a Mike Tuck leveller sent the game into overtime at 72 all. A crucial Nate Reinking three pointer finally gave the Sharks the edge and the home side ran out 84-81 winners.

Centre Justin Dobbins registered an impressive 'double - double' of 28 points and 12 rebounds (with two almighty dunks that nearly broke the net) backed up by Tuck who posted 12 / 16.

Big credit to Mersey who pushed the Sharks all the way. Big improvement needed from Sheffield if they are to compete with the likes of next week's visitors Newcastle Eagles.



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Friday 18th November 2011

BBL

Sheffield Sharks 94 Leicester Riders 99

Adm £6

Another defeat for the Sharks, who are now 1-4 for the league campaign. Title chances virtually over already.

However, a superb exhibition of basketball from both sides (possibly the best I've seen in my short time following the sport). Both sides traded baskets throughout the game. It took until late in the 3rd quarter for a free throw to be missed and the 3 point shooting of Bradd Wierzbicki had to be seen to be believed. A dip at the beginning of the 4th proved to be the Sharks undoing as the Riders, led by GB captain Drew Sullivan, pushed the score out to 92-98 with too little time left on the clock for the home side to come back.

Game MVP was the awesome Justin Dobbins with 34 points, who has quickly become a crowd favourite for some basket-destroying dunks and his enthusiastic crowd-geeing up technique.

Riders look to be one of the teams to beat. As well as Sullivan, Rundles and Hardy look very solid aquisitions for animated coach Rob Paternostro.

As well as the rest of the BBL season, I have tickets to college basketball in the States in February, which I am really looking forward to.



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Friday 24th February 2012

Sheffield Sharks 110 MK Lions 87 - Admission £9, Concession £7 8 Page A4 Programme Free

My first ever basketball match played at Sheffield Institute Of Sport. Comfy padded seats made this a pleasent evening. Even first half of the match saw the visitors leading 43-34 but Sharks really turned it on in the Third period scoring 40 Points to MK Lions 27 to lead 74-60. They saw the game out with another 36 points in the 4th period to MK Lions 27 to win the match 110-87. Whilst there were some big guys on show it was the smaller members of the teams who top scored with 5`11" Jimmy Langhurst scoring 34 for the Sharks and Stefan Gill, 5`8" top scoring for the Lions with 24. Not sure about VFM £9 for just 40 minutes action but an enjoyable night out nonetheless.



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I was there too! I attend all the Sharks home games - here's my link to my match report http://www.ukamericansportsfans.com/the-sharks-are-just-getting-warm

The price on the day is £9 but if you book before Wednesday it is only £6. Whilst a game lasts 4 x periods of 10 mins = 40 mins, games tipping off at 7.30 aren't usually over until 9.15 - 9.30. Friday was a terrific 2nd half performance from the Sharks and I don't remember the clock stopping too often hence an unusually early finish time.

Hope you enjoyed the atmosphere 2nd half, it was one of the better nights at the EISS this season.



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That's ludicrous pricing! How on earth does that attract the 'casual' fan, or someone who has short notice work patterns, for example?

Presumably nobody bothers going to games on a 'whim'? Maybe after having read a write up a day or two before in the local rag?



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Well I went on a whim Mishi and I'm hooked now! £9 / £10 is the regular price for most BBL clubs and very few others offer a discount like the Sharks. I did consider going to watch Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey but at £16, I considered that too much and went to watch the Sharks instead.

All the clubs make quite a big thing of the 'game night experience' with music, commentators, cheerleaders and it is very family friendly (I take my 6 year old and he much prefers it to football at the moment - he will learn though!).

It is a minority sport and to be honest the BBL don't do themselves any favours when it comes to the marketing of the game. But it is exciting, the atmosphere is good and you will see some decent-quality basketball played, the majority of the players having played in the upper-eschelons of the United States College game.

If me, the missus and the little 'un go to the flicks it costs me £30 - £40 at least so £18 for a night at the basketball is a bargain imo!



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Just bought tickets for GB v USA Olympic warm-up game in July at MEN Arena. £60 on front row of upper tier. Back of the tier behind the basket are still £45. Decent seats courtside £210! It's a rare chance to see the NBA superstars so I'm just about prepared to pay what I have but £210!!!!!



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I was there too! I attend all the Sharks home games - here's my link to my match report http://www.ukamericansportsfans.com/the-sharks-are-just-getting-warm

The price on the day is £9 but if you book before Wednesday it is only £6. Whilst a game lasts 4 x periods of 10 mins = 40 mins, games tipping off at 7.30 aren't usually over until 9.15 - 9.30. Friday was a terrific 2nd half performance from the Sharks and I don't remember the clock stopping too often hence an unusually early finish time.

Hope you enjoyed the atmosphere 2nd half, it was one of the better nights at the EISS this season.


I enjoyed the evening and would certainly go again was a useful fill in for the Friday night as I could not see any footie on though I did see in the NLP that Emley Reserves played Crazy



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Just a heads up for more GB Olympic warm-up game tickets that are on sale. The weekend of 13/14/15 July GB mens and ladies are playing a series of games in Edinburgh and Sheffield. Tickets are on pre-sale now with 25% off. I've paid £18 to watch GB men v Portugal at Ponds Forge, Sheffield (booked through Motorpoint Arena website). A much cheaper opportunity to see the GB NBA trio of Luol Deng, Ben Gordon and Byron Mullins than the £££-fest at Manchester later that week!



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5th April 8.30 pm (8.45) Chicago Bulls 93 Boston Celtics 86 MBA

United Centre Chicago 22,423

Music, dancing, acrobatics and some basketball.

Noisy at times especially when the Bulls fought back in the last two quarters.

Game ended at 11.15 pm although the actual play was 4 x 12 mins


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The second part of my triple sport weekend:

Saturday 21 April 2012
British Basketball League
Leicester Riders 90 Guildford Heat 72
Admission £9, programme £2 (double issue)

My last live basketball had been watching Birmingham Bullets at the NEC back in 1999 so it was about time I went to a second!

Won't be as long until my third game (or fourth!), as I'll be at the Olympic Park for the afternoon session on 2 August.

Played at the John Sandford Sports Centre which I believe is part of the DeMontfort University complex.

An interesting experience and I don't think I've ever seen so many young kids at a sporting event. Shame they couldn't bloody well keep still!

On the other hand, the cheerleaders in what can only be described as spray-on dresses were a far more aesthetic experience!

The chants were a tad limited though, as I think they only had 2! "Let's go Riders let's go" and "Defence! Defence! Defence!"

Leicester took control midway through the first quarter and never looked like losing the game.

Overall I'd say I enjoyed the experience and will definitely give it another go. Probably at Worcester as they're a bit closer to home.



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There is a new Birmingham franchise in the pipeline. They were expected to appear for the 2012-13 season but there have been rumours of financial and venue problems so it may be 2013-14 before they take their bow.

I'm off to Sheffield Sharks v Leicester Riders in the Playoff quarter final first leg this coming Friday. Worcester have got a decent team this season too. Not fancying the Sharks chances too much; brilliant in one game, average in the next. Think it will be my last game of the BBL season. GB v Portugal and GB v USA Olympic warm-ups to come in the summer though.



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Thursday 19th July

GB 78 USA 118

at Manchester Arena. Adm £60 (1st row upper tier).

Despite the high price, a privilege to be at this one. It was eventually televised on BBC3 but was glad to there for such an historical encounter. Yes the USA will win gold in London. I got the feeling they never really got beyond about 75% and toyed with GB with an outstanding exhibition of dunking. Some monster efforts from Kevin Durant, my play of the day came from Lebron James and eventual MVP went to Deron Williams who hit 5/6 from downtown.

Whilst USA are 'something else', look out for GB in the olympics. Very capable of upsetting a few of the other sides. Big performances expected from Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Joel Freeland and GB's own NBA superstar, Luol Deng (who top-scored with 25 tonight). I'm praying for an olympic swansong for Sheffield Sharks' Nate Reinking, who will probably retire aged 38 after the tournament.

16900 in attendance, fantastic arena, but why is it Manchester city centre? 1 hour to even move out of my parking space in the car park!



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Also watching the US toy with the British side. I paid £25 for a seat in the second row of the upper tier (at one end of the arena). Very enjoyable and brought back memories of my days as a season ticket holder for the Penn State basketball team - they spent most games losing heavily to sides a couple of steps up in talent.

Personally I found the city centre location excellent - I was on the train within fifteen minutes of the end of the game and back at my car parked in Burscough in an hour.


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I was on the sides just behind the tv gantry. I thought my ticket was expensive but the view was pretty good in the end and given the occasion, I don't mind so much now. Injuries for Clark, Lenzly and Freeland now maybe diminish GB's chances at the games. Would like to see Sheffield's Devon Van Oostrum as a replacement for Lenzly.



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Thursday 2 August 2012
Olympic Games Men's Basketball Preliminary Round
Argentina 82 Tunisia 69
Brazil 74 Russia 75
Both played at the Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, London
Ticket £20, Day 6 programme £5

Behind one of the baskets on the 2nd level wasn't an ideal vantage point but the basket itself was just about visible enough.

A contrasting pair of games. In game 1, Tunisia were quicker of the blocks and 14 points clear at the end of the first quarter but from then on Argentina dominated, the lead wiped out by half time and they never looked like losing the lead thereafter.

In contrast, game 2 was nip and tuck with Russia building an 11 point lead in the 3rd quarter although Brazil never looked out of it and converted the deficit into a 5 point lead late in the 4th. With six seconds on the clock, Russia were two points behind. Both teams called a time-out then with the next play Russia pulled off a 3-point basket to snatch the win. Superb stuff.



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I was at Olympic prk on Thursday to see France v Lithuania (Tony Parker was different gravy!) & Australia v China.
Hugely enjoyable day.



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Aug 7, 2012, 11:16 AM

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Women's Olympic Tournament
Angola 56 Croatia 75
Australia 70 Russia 66
Admission: £20/£16 (for a 16-year-old)


I had never been to a basketball match before. The game had never particularly appealed to me. However I was keen to get to see something in the Olympic Park and managed to procure tickets for the family.

The first game was between the two weakest teams in Group A and was very one-sided. With the game starting at 9am, necessitating a 5am departure from home, and an arena which was mainly in darkness, Mrs Part-Timer did nod off for a while! Our view was very good - side on just beyond one of the baskets. The seats were sufficiently steeply raked to ensure that, although we were near the back, we could see everything very clearly.

The second game was between two sides ranked equal second in the world and was closer and more skilful. However Australia should have sewn it up far earlier than they did.

My general impressions of basketball are that it's not the game for me. The most excited the crowd got was when they were being whipped up by the commentators during breaks in play, rather than by the game itself, which can't be the greatest triumph for any sport. Every break even for just a few seconds was filled with loud music or entertainment of some sort as if they were terrified of losing people's attention.

The Olympic Park was excellent. We had a thoroughly good afternoon wandering around. Security was tight but unobtrusive and took very little time to clear and the volunteers were enthusiastic, friendly and well-informed.

We had an outstanding day.


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DavetheGlassboy
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Saturday 10 November 2012
British Basketball League
Worcester Wolves 97 Cheshire Jets 84
Admission £12, programme £2

The third and final leg of my "Triple Sports Day" was a 45 minute drive from Amblecote to the Worcester University Sports Centre for my first live basketball since the Olympics.

My 4th basketball venue, placing it level with hockey and cricket in terms of number of venues that I've seen games at.

Nip and tuck for the first three quarters before Worcester motored ahead in the fourth.



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Sunday 4th November
British Basketball League
Durham Wildcats 69 Manchester Giants 64
Admission £6
Free A4 Game 'Newsletter'

Manchester dominated the 1st half but paid the penalty for only scoring 22 points in the 2nd half! Not their regular venue apparently & a very makeshift set up although perfectly adequate for the 200 or so who turned up. Very good value at £6, Newcastle Eagles in the same league charge £16!!

Homes games usually played at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre but playing here was very handy as it's only 5 miles from The Billingham Forum for the Ice Hockey.



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rambler77
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Dec 1, 2012, 5:36 PM

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Saturday 1st December
English National League Division 1
LEICESTER WARRIORS 71-68 LEEDS CARNEGIE (OT)

Admission / programme: none
Attendance: 20
Coffee: £1.25
@ Braunstone Leisure Centre, Leicester

Couldn't be arsed to stand freezing my bollocks off this afternoon so had a walk to the local leisure centre.

Never been to a basketball game before but enjoyed this one. The two teams were pretty evenly matched throughout with Leeds ahead at the end of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters. A three point shot in overtime won it for the Warriors.

1Q: 17-21
HT: 35-38
3Q: 48-50
4Q: 65-65

Did take my camera but permission was required to take them. After inquiring at reception was told the relevant member of staff was busy cashing up but would come find me in the sports hall. Fair enough but said person never showed their face and no photos taken.



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BBL Championship
LONDON LIONS vs Cheshire Phoenix @ National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace
Adm £15 (Conc £7) Prog £1.50

Noticed an advert earlier today, sure it said vs Chester Jets and being less than 2 miles from Home churlish not to pay a visit.

Only my 6th ever BB game, none previously had "moved" me, even at Toronto Rapters, however decided to try again but yet again nothing to encourage a further vist, although undoubtedly will see a Game at the Copper Box Olympic Village when they eventually move on. Programme referred to the Visitors as both Cheshire Phoenix and Jets so suspect at some time were the Chester Jets, not that it matters.

The whole Experience appeared very Amateur for a Top Level Game, Programme errors, pay at a Table Top, being "stamped" on the back hand as no defined Spectator Area, Swimmers, Squash Players etc., all mingling and worst of all a deep American voice commentating on the action throughout, plus a Cheer Leader of sorts coming out at half-time and attempting to encourage a crowd of possibly 300 to sing along ! Further with Rolling Subs Cheshire only had 6 men in total.

Pricey at £15 for an Adult for a Game lasting 40 mins, although did start on time and as it happened finished exactly 1 1/2 hours later. Next Visitors Mersey Tigers, played 16 lost 16, it can only get worse !

The Game itself was end-to-end, as usual, with the Lions taking a half-time lead of 45-42thereafter allowing the Phoenix to lead 77-78 with just 6 seconds left, which proved the Final Score. Would love to say the better Team Won, but in all honesty jusr don't know !


DavetheGlassboy
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Jan 13, 2013, 8:17 PM

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BBL Championship
LONDON LIONS vs Cheshire Phoenix @ National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace
Adm £15 (Conc £7) Prog £1.50

Noticed an advert earlier today, sure it said vs Chester Jets and being less than 2 miles from Home churlish not to pay a visit.


They started the season as Cheshire Jets but I think there was some financial shenanigans or other. I think there's new owners hence the new name.



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DavetheGlassboy
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Sunday 13 January 2013

International
England 80 Ireland 82

British Basketball League Cup Final
Leicester Riders 85 Newcastle Eagles 80

Both played at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Admission £18, programme £5

Basketball venue no. 5 - only seen football and rugby league at more places.

Game 1 was nip and tuck all the way through and could have gone either way, Ireland snatched it at the death.

In game 2, Leicester looked to have it sewn up with a 14 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter but Newcastle chipped away at it and managed to get a point in front before conceding six points in the last minute or so.



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Billybadknees
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Jan 14, 2013, 1:41 PM

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BBL Championship
LONDON LIONS vs Cheshire Phoenix @ National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace
Adm £15 (Conc £7) Prog £1.50

Noticed an advert earlier today, sure it said vs Chester Jets and being less than 2 miles from Home churlish not to pay a visit.


They started the season as Cheshire Jets but I think there was some financial shenanigans or other. I think there's new owners hence the new name.


They only just managed to start the season as Cheshire Jets. The guy who took over subsequently decided it wasn't financially viable and sold the name. The BBL withdrew the franchise and after a community fundraising effort the team was reincarnated as Cheshire Phoenix.

£15 is steep for a BBL game but I think the Lions are driven by what Crystal Palace charge them. £8 - £10 is the norm around the league with many teams running special offers. The game is 4 quarters of 10 minutes but the clock stops when the fouls are awarded etc. An hour and a half to an hour and three quarters is the normal duration of a match night.



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£15 is steep for a BBL game but I think the Lions are driven by what Crystal Palace charge them. £8 - £10 is the norm around the league with many teams running special offers.


Cost me £12 to watch Worcester just before Christmas and £9 for a Leicester game back in April.



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Billybadknees
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Sheffield Sharks normally charge £8 but are charging £5 for the BBL Trophy QF v Glasgow on 25th Jan.



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£6 for adults at Durham Wildcats Smile
£16 at Newcastle Eagles Pirate



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Billybadknees
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Blimey, no wonder Fab Flournoy was in tears at losing the Cup Final yesterday, must have the biggest budget in the league by far.

£10 at Manchester when I went last week.



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rambler77
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Feb 17, 2013, 8:58 AM

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Saturday 16th February 2013

LEICESTER RIDERS 84-59 MANCHESTER GIANTS
BBL Championship

Adm: £10 + £1 b/fee - advance
Prog: £2
Coffee: £1

The highly fancied Riders hit the ground running and opened up a ten point gap at the end of the 1st quarter (24-14), but then struggled to get any rhythm going for the next two quarters. They led 37-28 at the half and 55-44 and the end of the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter saw the Riders play some superb basketball and showed why they are at the top of the table, outscoring the Giants by 29-15.

Not that up on the sport but Drew Sullivan was top draw.

Managed to park for free on Eastern Boulevard which is a five minute walk from the John Sandford.



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rambler77
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Apr 2, 2013, 3:04 PM

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Saturday 30th March 2013

Leicester Riders 93-70 Durham Wildcats
BBL

Adm: £10 + £1 advance b/fee
Prog: £2
Att: a full house

The John Sandford was packed to the rafters for what would be the Riders last ever regular season game at the venue, and also the small matter of clinching the BBL Championship for the first ever time.

After an even first five or six minutes, the Riders ended the 1st quarter nine points up. This was a lead they never relinquished and they increased their lead at half time to 52-40. By the end of the 3rd quarter their lead had stretched to seventeen points (75-52), meaning the final quarter was a formality and the celebrations began.

Leicester City Council should be ashamed of themselves that there is no venue for the Riders to play in next season. The club hope to build a venue on land at Leicestershire County Cricket club but this could be a year or two yet, that's if it ever gets built at all.



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Oct 4, 2013, 2:26 PM

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5th October...

tickets booked online for the Leicester Riders v Sheffield Sharks - £11 + £1 b/fee



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rambler77
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Saturday 5th October

LEICESTER RIDERS 60-40 SHEFFIELD SHARKS
British Basketball League

Adm: £12 (inc. £1 b/fee)
Prog: none, but they now issue a monthly magazine for £3.50

The Riders are still playing at the John Sandford, and this was pretty much a sell out. The game and the Riders took a while to get going with neither team setting the court alight. It wasn't until the latter stages of the 3rd quarter that the Riders started to exert some control, and in the 4th they were totally dominant on both defence and offence.

The football hating wife came with me and she enjoyed it, adding that she will come with me again. I again parked for free on Eastern Boulevard and pre-match drinks were had in the Soar Point.



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DavetheGlassboy
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Oct 15, 2013, 1:14 PM

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Saturday 12 October 2013
British Basketball League
Birmingham Knights 95 Sheffield Sharks 102
Admission £12 (advance discount), programme £2.50 - vastly overpriced.

Top level basketball returned to Birmingham, although the North Solihull Leisure Centre in Chelmsley Wood is not the easiest of places to find!

Having suffered a couple of heavy away defeats in their first two games, the Knights came close to snatching a win in a nip and tuck game which was only settled in the last couple of minutes.

Heading back this Saturday and will be making a few visits throughout the season.



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DavetheGlassboy
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Oct 20, 2013, 10:29 PM

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Saturday 19 October 2013
British Basketball League Cup
Birmingham Knights 72 Plymouth Raiders 103
Ticket £10:44 (advance discount + special offer discount)

Having come close to beating Sheffield last week, this was a different story. Plymouth came out all guns blazing and held a big lead right from the off. All over by half time basically.



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Oct 27, 2013, 6:59 AM

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Saturday 26th October 2013

LEICESTER RIDERS 81-72 GLASGOW ROCKS
Adm: free - won two tickets

Glasgow got out of the blocks quickly, with at one point in the first quarter twelve points up, but despite missing baskets Leicester dug in and were 23-19 down after the opening ten minutes. The 2Q was a lower scoring affair with the Riders ending the half with a one point advantage 35-34. The points were shared in the 3rd (13 each), and a tense 4th quarter ensued. The Rocks edged it 20-19 to take it into over time. The Riders dominated the five minute overtime period out scoring their visitors 14-5 to record their fifth win in six games.



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DavetheGlassboy
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Saturday 9 November 2013
British Basketball League
Birmingham Knights 69 London Lions 94
Admission £8 (special November promo rate)

Another heavy defeat for the Knights in what is becoming a "learning curve" season. At least they kept the opposition under 3 figures this time. An early 12-2 lead for the visitors basically set the stall for the rest of the game.



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Nov 22, 2013, 9:26 AM

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Considering they spent 18 months setting Knights up , they really should have done better than fielding at ebl team I n the bbl


DavetheGlassboy
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There was some talk on the Facebook page suggesting they'd have been better off having a couple of years in the EBL before taking the step up.



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ladderman
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Nov 22, 2013, 9:46 PM

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But they’d have to start in D4 where it’s virtually impossible to operate as a pro club and you’re then looking at three year minimum just to get to D1. Worthing and Leopards both bought existing clubs and moved them, but EB have tightened up on how far they’ll let a club move especially when it’s clearly a takeover. Having said that Leicester Warriors appear to be dying on their arse, so that might have been possible.They just needed to recruit a couple experienced Brits and get three – rather than two – yanks, though obviously losing 1 of them on his debut didn’t hel.


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Ah, I thought they might have been fast-tracked into Division One as a potential BBL side but obviously not. Can't argue with your assessment regarding recruitment.



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ladderman
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Nov 22, 2013, 9:55 PM

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no, different organisations. Even if you let your club you have start in D4. BBL clubs get away with mid-season newcos, though.


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Saturday 8 February 2014
British Basketball League
Birmingham Knights 78 Cheshire Phoenix 91
Ticket £6 (pre-Christmas online deal)

Still waiting the first win of the season at the Knights, but there were grounds for optimism when they were only 3 points behind at half time, having recovered from an atrocious start to the 2nd quarter.

Same old story from then on though as too many mistakes and needless fouls meant the game ran away from them.



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British Basketball League
Birmingham Knights 87 Cheshire Phoenix 96


Correcting the final score there. For some reason the edit option isn't working.



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Saturday 12 April 2014
British Basketball League
Birmingham Knights 71 Newcastle Eagles 87

Top v bottom clash but you couldn't have told this in the first half as both sides were nip and tick and went in 32-all at half time. Indeed, not until the latter part of the 3rd quarter did the Eagles pull away and finish well ahead.



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Sunday 13 April 2014
British Basketball League
Cheshire Phoenix 97 Birmingham Knights 78
Admission £12, programme included.

The Northgate Arena is quite easy to find and timely as apparently Phoenix are moving to a new venue for 2014-15 according to the match programme.

Well, when winless Birmingham raced into a 15-2 lead, the handful of away fans were daring to hope albeit deep down we expected this to be as good as it got. The lead reduced to one point by half time and it seemed only to be a matter of time.

And so it proved. Cheshire took the lead for the first time 30 seconds into Q3 and from then on the result was never in doubt.

Probably my last basketball fixture of 2013-14, hoping to return next year.



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Saturday 11th October 2014

LEICESTER RIDERS 98-80 SURREY UNITED
(BBL Cup 1st Round - @ Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, Loughborough University)

Adm: £11
Prog: monthly magazine - £3

First viewing of the Riders this season and at times they were very impressive. American Tyler Bernadini top scored for the hosts with 28 points while Pavel Losonsky had 11 rebounds. Trevor Setty top scored for Surrey with 25 points.



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Sunday 9th November 2014

LEICESTER RIDERS 71-62 LEEDS FORCE
(BBL)

Admission: £11 + £1 booking fee
Programme: £2 (game specific)

A hard fought win for the Riders who trailed at the end of each of the first 3 quarters. The shooting was not great from either side with the home side hitting only 25 of their 58 two point attempts. Neil Watson top scored for the Riders with 21 points.

Good news for the Riders is that they have been granted planning permission for their new venue back in Leicester - http://www.leicesterriders.co.uk/news/leicester-community-sports-arena-granted-planning-permission/



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Saturday 6th December 2014

LEICESTER RIDERS 93-82 GLASGOW ROCKS

Adm: £11
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The Riders gained revenge over the Rockers after an agonising last second defeat two weeks ago, though they did it the hard way. The first quarter was even with the Riders ahead by a point 23-22. For the next quarter and a half they struggled on the offence and the visitors went in at the half six ahead. They increased their lead to fourteen at one point before the hosts found their shooting range and staged a remarkable turnaround, and by the end of the 3rd quarter were 68-61 up. In the 4th they outscored Glasgow by four points to win by an eleven point margin.

Neil Watson top scored with 25 points for the Riders.



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Saturday 31st January 2015

LEICESTER RIDERS 81-70 WORCESTER WOLVES
(BBL Trophy QF)

Adm: £11
Prog: £2

Fourth Riders game on the season and a cracking atmosphere inside the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall. The Riders hit the ground running in this one, helped by some impressive three point shooting and strong defence. By half time they were ahead by 51-36. The scoring slowed down in the 3rd quarter but the Riders lead had only been reduced by one point. Worcester hit eight unanswered points at the start of the fourth quarter and at one point had reduced the Riders lead to just four points, but the home side held their nerve down the stretch and saw the game out and finished with a nine point cushion.



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Sunday 1st March 2015

LEICESTER RIDERS 80-63 LONDON LIONS
(BBL Trophy Semi Final 2nd Leg)

Admission: £11
Programme: £2

The Riders took a huge step towards a final against the Newcastle Eagles. The visitors who included two former Riders players in Drew Sullivan and Zaire Taylor were quick out of the blocks and at one point during the first quarter were thirteen points up (21-8). Come the end of the game Sullivan and Taylor contributed more than half of the Lions points between them. The Riders got back into the game and drew level right on the buzzer for half time with a 2pt fg from Pavol Losonsky.

The second half saw the Riders restrict their visitors to just twenty three points, with some impressive defensive rebounding and blocks. They gradually pulled away with a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter.

Trayvonn Wright top scored for the hosts with twenty one points and these included some high flying dunking, while Neil Watson was deservedly awarded the MVP for his 18 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.



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TrayVonn Wright was a good NCAA D1 player at North Dakota State until last year, I would have thought he would be a class above the level of players British Basketball can normally attract from the US


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TrayVonn Wright was a good NCAA D1 player at North Dakota State until last year, I would have thought he would be a class above the level of players British Basketball can normally attract from the US


Hopefully that is a good sign if the BBL can start to attract better quality US and European players.

I think he (Wright) signed around December time and himself and Watson (Southern Mississippi) are both crowd favourites this season, and they along with two other Americans, Rashad Hassan and Tyler Bernadini form four of the starting five for the Riders. The other being Nottingham born Jamell Anderson.



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Saturday 28th March 2015

LEICESTER RIDERS 106-86 PLYMOUTH RAIDERS
(BBL)

Adm: £11
Prog: £2

My final regular season game @ the Riders this season and I saw them hit the 100 point mark for the first time. Also it was the most points I have seen them concede as well.

Both teams hit the ground running in the first quarter with hardly any shots being missed and the hosts were eight points up 31-23. The scoring didn't really let up in the second with only six less points being scored, and the Riders had increased their lead by two to go in at the half 56-46 ahead. The third saw Plymouth get to within a point at one stage but the Riders hit back and had a lead of seven going into the final ten minutes. The fourth quarter saw the hosts take control with Neil Watson and Treyvonn Wright putting on a show for the crowd.

Watson had another 14 assists and leads the BBL in this aspect, but it was another American Tyler Bernadini who was awarded the MVP with 26 points and six rebounds.



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LEICESTER RIDERS 82-62 MANCHESTER GIANTS
(BBL)

Adm: £13
Prog: £2

First basketball game of the new season and the Riders are still based @ Loughborough University while the new arena in Leicester is built. This should be completed in January.

The Riders made it four wins out of four, though only after a sluggish start. The Giants, managed by former Rider Yorrick Williams lead by three (19-22) after the first quarter, but a 31 point blast in the second by the Riders turned the game in the home side's favour, and they went in at the half 50-34.

A quieter second half in terms of points scoring with a 32-28 swing in favour of Leicester, and they comfortably saw the game out to record the victory.

TreyVonn Wright was the top scorer for the Riders with 20 points.



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Sunday 25th October 2015

LOUGHBOROUGH STUDENT RIDERS 73-71 HEMEL STORM
(NBL Cup 3rd Round)
@ Loughborough University Netball Centre

Adm / prog: none
Att: around 50-60

This cup tie saw Division 2 Students win an absorbing encounter against their Division 1 opponents. Hemel led by a few points at the end of both the 1st quarter and half time, but despite going behind by ten points at one point, the Students went ahead at the end of the 3rd 51-49. The scores were level going into the last possession of the game, and a neat pass found Harrison Gamble who scored the winning basket with just 0.3 seconds left on the clock.



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Sunday 8th November 2015

LEICESTER RIDERS 62-60 SHEFFIELD SHARKS
BBL Cup Quarter Final

Adm: £13
Prog: £2

Often the case when I watch the Riders they come from behind, but in this case it was Sheffield who very nearly did it to them. An even first quarter saw the sides level at 15 a piece, but by the end of the 3rd the Rider lead by ten. Sheffield, who were lead by the impressive Jerrold Brooks 27 points, clawed it round and even lead at one point. The Riders dug deep and stopped the Sharks scoring in the final play of the game to book their place in the semi-finals.

As the score suggest defences were on top in this game, though plenty of baskets were missed from both sides. I did feel the Riders missed the three point shooting of Guard Tyler Bernadini who is out with a knee injury - they only hit one of sixteen three point attempts.

Next up for me is their game on the 28th November v Cheshire Phoenix.



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Saturday 28th November 2015

LEICESTER RIDERS 86-79 CHESHIRE PHOENIX

Adm: £13
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A full house in the Sir David Wallace @ Loughborough Uni. As it stands the Riders only have three games left here (Dec 5th, Dec 22nd and Jan 2nd) before they move to their new arena in Leicester. The planned first home game is scheduled for Jan 30th v Surrey.

This was another tight victory for the Riders over a decent Cheshire side. The 1st quarter saw the lead change hands on numerous occasions, with the Riders ahead by 23-21 come the end of the opening ten minutes. The 2nd quarter saw Leicester come out firing and scored 13 points without reply. Their lead increased to a maximum of 18 or 19 before the Phoenix rallied. At the end of the half they lead by 14 @ 49-35.

Come the third quarter and it was the visitors who upped their game and clawed their way back into it. A seven point swing in their favour reduced the arrears to just seven. Cheshire continued to have the upper hand in the 4th and briefly led at one point. Neil Watson put the Riders back in front immediately, and then they saw out the game in the final stretch.

Jordan Williams (Cheshire) led the scoring on the night with an impressive 28 point haul, while Tyler Bernadini was the Riders top scorer with 17. Drew Sullivan was awarded the home MVP with him finishing with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.



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you obviously live on the doorstep, so do you ever go to Braunston LC to watch Warriors?


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you obviously live on the doorstep, so do you ever go to Braunston LC to watch Warriors?


Only been the once three years ago, even though it is only a 15 minute walk away.

The main reason why I don't is that the majority of their fixtures are played on a Saturday afternoon, and this clashes with football and rugby.



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They don't help themselves with their scheduling, but then they make no effort to attract fans anyway - they should be able to tap in to the Riders fan-base if they tried. The only time I've seen a crowd - rather than a gathering - there was when the stages the finals day in 2013 and we (Leopards) drunk the bar dry after winning the National Trophy.
We play our home games on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, but even then we lose people to football. Such is life.


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They don't help themselves with their scheduling, but then they make no effort to attract fans anyway - they should be able to tap in to the Riders fan-base if they tried. The only time I've seen a crowd - rather than a gathering - there was when the stages the finals day in 2013 and we (Leopards) drunk the bar dry after winning the National Trophy.
We play our home games on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, but even then we lose people to football. Such is life.


Good points you make - they (the Warriors) do have a game that starts @ 4.30pm on the 19th December @ Gateway College. This works out well as I can double it up with Beaumont Town (1.30pm ko).



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I'd be interested to know what you think of Gateway. I'm told it's a dump that shouldn't be staging D1 games, but we've never had the pleasure.
You should try to make it to Loughborough on Sunday 13th for the Cup semi against Worthing. Obviously the "students" have beaten Hemel, if they can keep Ward quiet (he bottles a physical game) and try limit the new American of the boards, they could spring a surprise and get to the final. Admittedly they'll get murdered by Manchester or Derby if they get there, but it would still be an achievement.


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Will more than likely be at the Students semi final - no plans that day. I saw them beat Hemel in the 3rd round with a buzzer beater from Harrison Gamble.

Regarding Gateway - I saw football there back in September and from the outside it looks like there has been money spent improving the facilities.



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Saturday 5th December 2015

LEICESTER RIDERS 75-65 LONDON LIONS
(BBL Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg)

Leicester win by a 22 point aggregate margin

With a full house at the David Wallace there was a nervous anticipation around the place. A slow start from both sides, and it wasn't until a few minutes in that any points were scored. Come the end of the first quarter and the Lions led 15-16. During the second quarter the Lions had increased their lead on the night to ten points, but a few three pointers from the hosts reduced the deficit, and come the end of the half the Lions led by three, but still trailed by nine on aggregate.

That was as good as it got for the visitors with the Riders outscoring the Lions in both the 3rd (19-13) and 4th (22-15) quarters. The game did become very scrappy during the 3rd with both sides missing a lot of shots.

In the final Leicester will either play Cheshire or Newcastle.

Trayvonn Wright was the top scorer on the night with 16 for the Riders, closely followed by 15 from Neil Watson. Shane Walker had the most rebounds with 8. For the Lions Demond Watt led the way with most points (13) and rebounds (9).

There are currently only two more Riders games planned at Loughborough Uni - 22nd Dec v Bristol and 2nd Jan v Leeds, before they hopefully move into their new arena, with the aim being the first game will be on January 30th v Surrey.



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Saturday 19th December 2015

LEICESTER WARRIORS 72-71 (OT) TEES VALLEY MOHAWKS
(NBL Division 1)

@ Gateway College Sports Hall, Leicester
Adm / prog: none
Att: about 25
Snacks and bottled water from a vending machine

Firstly Gateway should not be hosting D1 basketball - totally inadequate for the few spectators watching. Spectators are only allowed down one side of the court with a row of individual fold up seats - annoyingly this is on the side of the scoreboard. Fortunately I managed to get live stats on the internet to keep track of the proceedings. Also there was only about a foot between the court and the seats. Not a venue that I will be visiting again in a hurry.

The game...A close one throughout with the visitors ahead 17-15 at the end of the 1st, but by half time it was 31-31. All square again at the end of the 3rd with the teams tied at 45-45. TV looked to have had the game won as they had a 66-61 lead with thirty odd seconds to play, but they squared it up with a couple of seconds left from a free throw after a foul on a 2pt fg. The Warriors won it in the 1st overtime period, and left the visitors with a three hour drive home.

The stats from the game can be found here...

http://www.fibalivestats.com/u/BE/143838/



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Basketball season is here. Most games are in Taipei, but for next 2-3 weekends the fixtures are in Changhua, 90 miles away as opposed to 250 miles away!

Super Basketball League - Taiwan
KKL 63-60 Bank of Taiwan (7th v 6th)
Yulon Dinos 82-71 Fubon Braves (3rd v 4th)

Adm: $NT300 - about £6
Att: About 800 at game 1, about 2200 at game 2.

I fancied a day out and I'd had Lukang on my list for a few weeks. It turned out that there was basketball being played in Changhua this weekend, which has a railway station and is where buses to Lukang leave from! I wanted to travel on Sunday but with Sheffield Wednesday in action on Sunday, I decided to go on Saturday instead.

I got off the bus in Changhua at Changhua County Government after nearly 3 hours in Lukang and walked along Nangou Road, got to a crossroads then across into Huayang Street. Down the steps at the end, left and then right, up the hill to Changhua Arena. It's up hill out of town next to Changhua Stadium which holds about 15,000.

Tickets were 200/300 NT but I got a 300 ticket and sat in the 200 seats. The arena has 16-19 rows on all 4 sides, curving up in the middle down the sides with spectators a good 15 foot above court level. The $NT300 seats are on bleachers at ground level on both sides, seating 350 or so on each side. The arena itself has a domed roof and overall, a good place to watch basketball.

Game 1, advantage to the Bank of Taiwan in the early stages. As expected 6ft 8in American Kyle Barone for KKL and 7ft 2in Australian Luke Nevil for Bank of Taiwan were the key players and unsurprisingly topped the scoring charts. First quarter, BoT lead almost thoroughout and were 14-18 up after Q1.

Q2 and Barone started to shine. It was an even quarter, the score going 20-18, then 20-25, 25-25 before both sides scored twice in quick succession, 29-29 at half-time. I expected it continue like this but I was wrong... BoT were 37-31 ahead after 3 mins of the quarter 3 but then KKL went basket crazy. They edged ahead 38-37, conceded the lead again before scoring 14 unanswered points to lead 52-39!

It was always going to be a mountain to climb for BoT but they pulled it back to within 4 with 5 minutes to go, 54-50. With 3 minutes left, they trailed by a single basket at 58-56 and things started to get very tense. But, there wasn't to be a great turnaround as KKL edged out the Bank of Taiwan 63-60 after a fantastic second half.

Yulon Dinos v Fubon Braves was a better standard, and the game was a lot higher scoring. Earl Barron, the 7ft American giant was the stand out player with an incredible first half. The 1st quarter was manic, Dinos were leading 16-13 before they started to break away, going into the second quarter leading 24-16.

They continued to dominate the scoring, at one point leading 33-20 as threatened to go miles out of sight. The Braves managed to get back into the game, but were still 43-33 down at half-time. In the third, the Dinos pulled ahead 55-40 to surely end the game with 16 minutes to play. Earl Barron had scored his 25th point just 3 minutes into the third quarter when the score was 50-40. They began to hack into the deficit as they outscored the Dinos 17-9 in the final 6 minutes of the third.

Just like Bank of Taiwan, the Fubon Braves threatened to pull off an incredible comeback. With 2 minutes of the 4th quarter gone, they were just 3 behind at 64-61, bear in mind the score had been 55-40 9 minutes before! It looked as if they were going to be able to catch the Dinos, but that possibility was soon erased. The Dinos started playing again, pulling away to 72-63 and whilst the deficit was reduced to 75-70 with 3 to play, the Dinos finished strongly to win 82-71. Earl Barron scored 33 of Braves 71 points.

It was at 1905, and my train back was 2040 so I decided to stay for the first quarter of the third game between Taiwan Beer and Pure Youth Construction. The standard didn't look as good as game two but it turned out to be 2nd v 1st! When I left, it was 15-11 to Taiwan Beer. It ended 66-73.

All downhill on the way back. Got to the station at 2020, so could have watched a bit more for sure. Train eventually left at 2055 due to a late express, which meant a dreaded last minute platform alteration, but the train then had to wait for another express to depart. Not sure if drinking on trains here is legal, but a comfy and relaxed 2 1/2 hours back to Tainan anyway!

Hopefully more games get shifted to Changhua in the New Year, or I may have to go to Taipei. Enjoyable day out.

Tom


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Saturday 2nd January 2016

LEICESTER RIDERS 91-43 LEEDS FORCE
(BBL)

Adm: £13 (advance)
Prog: £2

The last ever Riders game at the Sir David Wallace before they move to their new arena in Leicester, and again it was pretty much a sell out. The team produced a complete performance from start to finish, and in the games that I have seen, this was up there with the best of them.

TreyVonn Wright started the scoring with a 2pt fg and he and his team mates hit a further ten points before Leeds got off the mark. Come the end of the 1st quarter and the Riders led 25-12. Another seven point swing in the second gave them a half time lead of 45-25. No let up in the 3rd in both offence and defence, as they restricted Leeds to just 8 points and scoring another 27. The fourth quarter saw coach Rob Paternostro give game time to his squad players, and all five on court were British for the whole duration. A 19-10 swing saw the final margin of victory increase to 48 points.

All twelve players got on the score sheet with four players hitting double figures, led by 13 from Tyler Bernadini. Trevor Gruis led the way on the rebounding front with ten. The biggest cheer of the night came when Anthony Rowe returned from a long injury lay off.

My next basketball game will be on Sunday 17th January for the BBL Cup Final in Birmingham.



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ladderman
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I do wonder how long Leeds will last in the BBL. It hasn't worked and with university funding gone (or almost gone) it's hard to see how they have a long-term future at that level. Their problem is D1 is full, so there's no safety net.
My next game will see me on the press bench at the O2 for the NBA game on Thursday :) If I can face four games in as many days, I'll join you in Brum.


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I do wonder how long Leeds will last in the BBL. It hasn't worked and with university funding gone (or almost gone) it's hard to see how they have a long-term future at that level. Their problem is D1 is full, so there's no safety net.
My next game will see me on the press bench at the O2 for the NBA game on Thursday :) If I can face four games in as many days, I'll join you in Brum.


Tickets sorted for the Cup Final through the Riders - £30 each for the wife and myself. Plan to get the 11.19 train from Leicester, with the aim of having some lunch for getting to the arena around 1.30 - 2pm.

Also sorted tickets for the Riders first game at their new arena on January 30th.



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Sunday 17th January 2016

Newcastle Eagles 94-82 Leicester Riders
(BBL Cup Final - @ Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham)

Adm: £30
Prog: £5 (overpriced)
Bottled water / soft drinks: £2.20!!!

Excellent seats in the lower tier (section 4) gave a good view of the action. The seats though, while had plenty of room width wise were completely inadequate in terms of leg room. I'm 6'3"" and found it a difficult, and even my wife who is only 5'2" didn't have enough space.

The game...well for 25 minutes the Riders took the game to Newcastle and it was a brilliant advert for British basketball. The Riders were absolutely superb and at times their basketball was unplayable making an Eagles side look ordinary. Midway through the third and the Riders had a lead of 14 points, but credit to Newcastle. They showed why they are the best team in the country, and at the end of the 3rd had reduced the deficit to four. The fourth quarter did have a feel of inevitability about it, in my mind anyway. Though with around three minutes left it was still a one point ball game. The Riders inability to score points (only 12) in the final quarter was a telling difference. I also felt that they ran out of steam, and made mistakes and errors that weren't their early on.

Congratulations to Newcastle, but the Riders will learn from this and they are too good a side not to win any silverware this season.

Next up for me is the opening game at the Riders new arena on January 30th.



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Noru
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Jan 30, 2016, 11:51 AM

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Couldn't make it to this afternoons Buxton FC v Sutton Coldfield Town FC so off to the local basketball tonight...

Lancashire Spinners v Westminster Warriors (EBL Division 1) at the Castle Leisure Centre, Bury, Lancs.


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Jan 31, 2016, 5:37 AM

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Saturday 30th January 2016

LEICESTER RIDERS 77-60 SURREY SCORCHERS
(BBL Trophy QF)

Adm: £11 (advance)
Prog: £3
Hot Dog: £3
Nachos: £2.50

This was opening night at the Riders new arena on the edge of the city centre. It is located in the middle of an industrial estate, and as expected parking was at a premium. Instead we (the wife and I) chose to park in the John Lewis car park which is £2.50 after 5pm on a Saturday, and is around a 15 minutes walk away.

I've seen the capacity quoted as either 2,500 or 2,400 but either way it was declared a sell out, though not all seats were taken up. The majority of the seating is on the sidelines with twenty rows of seats on each side, and there are small sections behind both baskets. The first 14 rows have padded seat and they cost and extra £3 (£14) in advance. There is also plenty of leg room for tall people, and enough room under the seats for bags and coats.

The Riders came into this on the back of an impressive win at defending champions Newcastle the night before, and this was not a classic and it took a few minutes for the first points to be scored. This went to Surrey, while former South Dakota Coyote Trevor Gruis had the honour of being the first Riders player to score.

Surrey's Miller was the top scorer on the night with an impressive 23 points, while Drew Sullivan hit 14 from the bench for the Riders, with eight straight at one point during the second quarter.

Tickets can be booked in advance for all their remaining home games, with the next being on Sunday 14th February at 4pm v Plymouth or Sheffield in the Semi Final of the Trophy.



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rambler77
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my own personal thread!!!

Sunday 14th February 2016

LEICESTER RIDERS 79-79 SHEFFIELD SHARKS
(BBL Trophy Semi Final 1st Leg)

@ Leicester Community Sports Arena
Adm: £11 (advance)
Programme: £3
Attendance: unsure, but nowhere near full. Maybe around 1,600?

I expected a tight, close game between these two sides and that is how it turned out!!! Neither side built up a lead of any sort, with the largest I can recall being around seven points.

All to play for in the return leg in Sheffield on Wednesday night, with the winners playing Newcastle in the final next month.



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ladderman
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Feb 25, 2016, 4:07 PM

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I guess you didn't get into the Blue Court for the second leg? What a shambles.
You going to the final?


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Feb 25, 2016, 4:17 PM

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I guess you didn't get into the Blue Court for the second leg? What a shambles.
You going to the final?


Couldn't go to the second leg due to work, and also not going to the final in Glasgow unfortunately.



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ladderman
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Feb 25, 2016, 4:46 PM

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Leopards are in Leicester (Warriors) on Sunday lunchtime. Unfortunately it's my wife's birthday so it'll be a rare miss for me - she still hasn't forgiven me for leaving her at home with a baby to go to Reading on her 40th. However you should go instead.


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Leopards are in Leicester (Warriors) on Sunday lunchtime. Unfortunately it's my wife's birthday so it'll be a rare miss for me - she still hasn't forgiven me for leaving her at home with a baby to go to Reading on her 40th. However you should go instead.


I have had the Warriors - Leopards game pencilled in for a while and I have got permission to photograph the game from the Warriors. Will be my first time photographing any indoor sport.

Also Braunstone Leisure Centre is only a 15-20 minute walk from home.



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ladderman
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Feb 25, 2016, 5:06 PM

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You'll find it's much harder than photographing football. It's much quicker, it must have been a 'mare in the days before digital.
If you do get any decent shots and you want a wider audience, drop me a PM and I can put them on our site.


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You'll find it's much harder than photographing football. It's much quicker, it must have been a 'mare in the days before digital.
If you do get any decent shots and you want a wider audience, drop me a PM and I can put them on our site.


thanks for the offer regarding the photos.

I spoke to someone at the Riders about the camera settings etc, and will be taking a couple of f2.8 lenses with me - a 28-70mm and a 70-200mm.



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ladderman
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Feb 25, 2016, 8:41 PM

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It's reasonably lit there, there's a couple of places our snapper doesn't even bother with because they're so dark. Just keep your wits about you, they're big buggers!


rambler77
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Sunday 28th February 2016

LEICESTER WARRIORS 65-70 ESSEX LEOPARDS
(National League Division 1)
@ Braunstone Leisure Centre, Leicester

Adm: none
Att: around 30ish including three of the Leicester Riders players

Not a bad afternoons entertainment with the visitors always looked like they would take home the victory. A 20-14 lead at the end of the 1st increased by another eight in a low scoring 2nd, and the went in at the half 37-23 up. Come the end of the 3rd at the Leopards lead had increased to 19. It wasn't until the 4th unfortunately the Warriors showed their 'A' game, scoring an impressive 27 points, and reduced the arrears by 14 points.

Theo Rothstein bagged 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, while Justin Hitchman bagged 19 points and 7 rebounds from the bench for the Leopards.

I have put 37 photos of the game online @ http://rambler77.zenfolio.com/p538783290

- this was my first attempt at photographing the sport. With the Warriors having a couple more Sunday games coming up in the next month, I will have another go at it.



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ladderman
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Feb 28, 2016, 5:33 PM

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we're never a team to record a comfortable victory. still, that's pretty much wrapped up a play-off place.


Do you mind if I use a couple of pics? Will credit you.


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we're never a team to record a comfortable victory. still, that's pretty much wrapped up a play-off place.


Do you mind if I use a couple of pics? Will credit you.


that's fine



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rambler77
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Mar 26, 2016, 10:10 PM

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Saturday 26th March 2016

LEICESTER RIDERS 90-52 BRISTOL FLYERS
(BBL)

Adm: £11 (advance)
Prog: £3
Polo Shirt: £12

My first Riders game since the draw with Sheffield on Valentine's Day, and Bristol were the only team I had yet to see the Riders play.

This was as comprehensive victory as you could get - MVP Trevor Guis scored the hosts opening six points and by the end of the 1st quarter the Riders had opened up a 30-13 lead.

Two tighter quarters followed and then a 14 point swing in favour of the hosts in the 4th put Bristol out of their misery.



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rambler77
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Apr 12, 2016, 8:13 PM

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Saturday 9th April 2016

LEICESTER RIDERS 77-56 SHEFFIELD SHARKS
(BBL)

Adm: £11 (advance)
Prog: £3

The Riders had a shock defeat @ Leeds the night before, and needed a win against the Sharks to keep up their title hopes.

This was my third viewing of Riders - Sharks games this season and the two previous ones had resulted in a two point victory for Leicester and a draw, and with this in mind a tight, close game was expected.

The first half certainly lived up to my expectations with both defences on top and the Rider held a narrow three point lead 33-30.

The second saw the Riders dominate on defence even more, though there were plenty of missed baskets on both sides. The home side did they act together on the offensive side of things and ran out comfortable winners in the end.

Going into the final two games of the season the Riders and Newcastle are locked together on 28 wins each, though Leicester have beaten Newcastle twice this season in the league. The final game between them is on Friday and this will ultimately decide who will be crowned BBL League Champions.



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rambler77
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Apr 24, 2016, 4:33 AM

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Saturday 23rd April 2016

LEICESTER RIDERS 75-55 LEEDS FORCE
(BBL Play-offs QF 2nd Leg)

Adm: £11 (advance)
Prog: £3

Leeds are probably the most improved team in the BBL and had been the Riders recently. The 1st leg the night before resulted in a five point lead for Leicester, and Leeds brought a decent and noisy following down the M1.

The visiting fans had something to cheer about early on as they had an early lead in a scrappy first quarter. It took a while for the Riders to settle down, and the lead exchanged hands a few times. Come the end of q1 it was 17-17. Another low scoring ten minutes followed with only thirty points scored between the two teams - the Riders leading 34-30.

Defensively the Riders are the best team in the BBL and set a record during the league campaign for the fewest points per game conceded in the league's history. This was especially evident in the 3rd quarter as they restricted Leeds to just nine points. Some offensive basketball finally came out during the 4th as the hosts ran out comfortable winners in the end.

MVP for the night was Trevor Gruis with a double-double of twelve points and twelve rebounds. Kwan Waller was top scorer on the night with 16 points for the Force.

The semi-finals are next weekend with the Riders home leg being Sunday May 1st (5pm tip off). At the time of writing their opponents are yet to be decided.



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ladderman
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May 24, 2016, 8:21 AM

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Did you go to the final?


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May 24, 2016, 8:28 AM

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No - finances dictated otherwise. Would have been the best part of £150 for me and the missus - tickets, food, travel etc.

Went to the Ricoh for rugby league that afternoon instead.



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Noru
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Sep 18, 2016, 2:20 PM

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Saturday 17th September 2016

LANCASHIRE SPINNERS 58-78 TEAM NORTHUMBRIA
(National Trophy - Pool 3)

Venue: Castle Leisure Centre, Bury
Adm: £5 (U16 £3, Family £10)
Attnd: Can't find it anywhere, will do a rough head count at the next game.
Comments: Merch table restocked.


Team Northumbria took the lead from the start, 0 - 4 from their first two possessions and the Spinners remained behind for the rest of the game.
Halftime score was 33-43, Spinners got the gap down to 6 point during the third quarter but Northumbria took control of the final quarter and extended their lead to 20 points.

Overall the Spinners seemed a little rusty for their first competitive game of the season but will improve once the new players gel with the squad. It was one of the largest losses I've witnessed watching the Spinners but still an enjoyable evening in the Castle.

The next home game is a local derby against Manchester Magic (Sat 24 Sep 2016, 17:45)! Sadly one I’ll have to miss as I’ll be on holiday.


ladderman
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They're obviously going to miss Gayle. I can predict another double-digit loss when you're on holiday.


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Saturday 18th February 2017

LEICESTER RIDERS 98-63 MANCHESTER GIANTS
(BBL)

@ Leicester Community Sports Arena
Att: plenty of seats - maybe around 1,500
Admission: £13 (adv)
Prog: £2

This was part 2 of my sporting double on my 40th birthday. As one sided as expected. Even though the Riders were not at full strength - club captain Tyler Bernadini and Shane Walker were out injured, the gulf in class between the sides sitting at the top and bottom of the BBL table was massive.

Riders never had to go through the gears to get the victory, and by his own standards point guard Brandon Clark had a quiet game. Another of their American imports Taylor King was the deserved MVP with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

Good to see coach Rob Paternostro giving the youngsters a chance with three players from their Charnwood College side given some minutes. Point guard Johde Campbell looked the most impressive of the three, and could well have a bright future in the game.



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Feb 20, 2017, 4:15 AM

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From Saturday 11th February, a broken phone means I've lost all my notes!

Super Basketball League - Taiwan - 3pm
Taiwan Beer 76-72 Fubon Braves

Adm: NT$300 for all 3 games
Att: 900 estimate

This was the first of three back to back games at the Kaohsiung Arena located a short walk from the MRT or 10 minutes walk from Zuoying railway station. Last season only Banqiao/Changhua arenas were used, so it was good to finally see some basketball in southern Taiwan. That said, I had only looked at the fixtures 2 days before and with nothing else to do, went for it.

There was no food or drink in the arena and I'd made the mistake of not bringing any food so went hungry for the first 2 games! With a large mall next door and fast food outlets within a 5 minute walk, I guess there is no need.

The first game was between two of the sides near the top of the 7 team league and it was always competitive. The Braves lead 21-16 after a quarter but were outfought in the 2nd quarter as Taiwan Beer edged ahead 39-35 at half-time.

The game swung back in the Braves favour in the 3rd, shooting an efficient 5/6 from the 2pt line and 7/8 from the free throw line. They managed 20 points to the Beer's 14 so it was a 2 point game with a quarter to go.

In the 4th, Beer rebounded 16-6 and shot 3/6 from the 3pt line whilst the Braves failed to shoot any threes. Perhaps deservedly so, despite poorer 2pt shooting throughout the game that Taiwan Beer took quarter 23-17 and the game, 76-72.

Super Basketball League - Taiwan - 5pm
Yulen Luxgen Dinos 63-76 Pauian

A good first game was followed by an uncompetitive second. Pauian eased to victory in this one, Spencer Davis scoring 21 and rebounding 20, it showed how dominant some of the foreign players can be.

Yulen actually lead 16-15 after a quarter but it rapidly went downhill from there. They shot 1 from 11 2 pointers in the 2nd which is utterly dreadful and were 42-32 down at the half-time interval. Pauian never looked like losing their 10 point advantage, particularly when Yulen shot 2 of their 16 3 point attempts! The 3rd quarter saw Pauian power ahead at 59-43 and it was just a case of getting the 4th quarter done and dusted. Yulen won that 20-16 but it was too little too late.

40% 2pt shooting, from 19% from 3s, and Yulen were supposed to be the better side!

Super Basketball League - Taiwan - 7pm
Dacin Tigers 86-90 Kaoliang Kinmen Liquor

This was supposedly to be the thrashing of the day, top v bottom but instead we got game of the day as KKL stunned 7ft 5 giant Sim Bhullar and the rest of the Dacin Tigers.

The game started with the Tigers taking a 22-19 lead but had fewer shots than their opponents, that was an early sign that this wasn't going to be the game I expected. The 2nd quarter saw KKL shoot just 4/14 2s but the Tigers were more efficient, shooting 6 from 7 and with 3/7 to 1/6 from 3s, they took a 48-36 lead.

With the top of the table side holding a 12pt advantage, naturally I expected the floodgates to either open or the game to just fade away but it did neither. KKL got 8FTs and shot all 8, the Tigers got 0 and that was the difference as they took the quarter 21-14 and the lead was down to 5.

The 4th was end to end basketball, both sides absolutely went for it and I think KKL went 11-0 at one point after being 13 behind. It was manic and the last few minutes were so tense as KKL desperately tried to get themselves into the lead. They went ahead with about 2 left and the Tigers missed a 3 to level at 89-89 with 7 seconds left. They fouled, and KKL took the game.


A cracking day of basketball. I expected this to be my last, but as you'll see when I eventually catch up on all my reports, it was not!

Tom


rambler77
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Saturday 4th March

LEICESTER RIDERS 82-75 CHESHIRE PHOENIX
(BBL)

Admission: £16 - late decision to go hence the price increase
Programme: £2

The Riders off a reduce rate if booked at least a day in advance, which I normally do, but it was only on Saturday morning that we (the wife and I) decided to go. A babysitter was sorted - something that I am still having to get used to, and we went to our 3rd Riders game of the season.

This was the third time these two sides had played each other in the space of eight days. The Riders winning the previous two (both legs of the Trophy semi final) by twenty points. This time they struggled for the first half and found themselves nine points down at the half. The second quarter was probably the worst I have ever seen them play. In the third they played like league leaders and had turned the deficit into a two point lead. They increased this to a maximum of ten during the fourth, and despite a rally from the Phoenix the hosts held out for the win.

When you are top of the table and are on a club record run of 15 straight wins you are there to be shot at. Next up for them is the Trophy Final in Glasgow on the 19th v Plymouth.



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Oct 29, 2017, 5:55 PM

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Location: Southport. Southportshire, Republic of Southport
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Liverpool 82-90 Nottingham Hoods
English Division Two

Liverpool Basketball Club play at Archbishop Beck College in Fazakerley. The college is a fairly new build, with sports facilities available to the community. These include a 4G pitch which is used by some local teams and the sports hall used by the basketball team. The hall has a bank of seating along one side and drinks and food are available.

The game was close throughout, with neither side able to build up a lead of more than four or five points for most of the proceedings. Nottingham perhaps had a little more stamina and were able to pull clear in the closing stages to maintain their 100% record for the season. This is a lower level than I've watched basketball at previously, but it was still a decent contest, ignoring the odd random pass to the benches!


Mike S
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Nov 11, 2017, 7:21 AM

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Leeds Force 83 Chester 103
Admission. £14 attendance 200 plus
No prog

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500 seat venue less than half full
First basketball for at least 10 years
Very difficult to find in darkness even once inside campus

I think 19th venue for sport
12 26 after ten suggested long evening for hosts who are struggling in league but 40 43 kept it competitive


(This post was edited by Mike S on Nov 11, 2017, 7:23 AM)

 
 


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