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Kieron Achara Heads Scotland Squad for 2017 Celtic Clash

GB captain Kieron Achara will suit up for Scotland this summer after being named to a 13-man squad.

Achara is joined in the squad by four team-mates from Glasgow Rocks including fellow GB international, Gareth Murray with former Senior international Ali Fraser also selected.

Fraser Malcolm represented GB at last year’s Under-20 European Championships is also included as part of a strong roster with Scotland stepping up their goal of competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

“I am really excited to get in to camp with the guys,” said National Performance Coach, Erik Olson.

“We had a really successful camp last Christmas and this is another superb opportunity for this group of players to come together, work on our vision and prove that we are capable of competing on the Gold Coast next April.

“We have a strong pool of talent joining us this summer and it’s definitely going to be fun to be a part of.”

Scotland go up against Ireland and Wales in the 2017 Celtic Clash from 9-11 June in Edinburgh.

Scotland Squad

Bantu Burroughs, Glasgow Rocks
Jonny Bunyan, Glasgow Rocks
Lee Reilly, Glasgow Rocks
Eddie Matthews, Leeds Force
Eoghann Dover, Boroughmuir Blaze
Gareth Murray, Glasgow Rocks
Fraser Malcolm, Black Hills State University (USA)
Nick Collins, basketballpaisley
Kieron Achara, Glasgow Rocks
Alasdair Fraser, Ehingen Urspring (Germany)
Skyler White, University of Idaho (USA)
Calum Nicol, City of Edinburgh Basketball
Ross Gibson, Sony Centre Falkirk Fury

 

 

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EABL Top 10 Plays of 2016-17 Season!

Take a look back on the Top 10 Plays of the 2016-17 EABL season featuring:

Ganesh Rana & Ibu Jassey Demba, Gedi Juozapaitis, Kaiyem Cleary, Jubrile Belo, Dan Akin, Thai Segwai-Lodge, Xavier McIntosh, Michael Anumba, Amin Adamu, and Solomon Iluyomade.

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GB Under-16s Select 20 for Preliminary Squad

British Basketball have announced a preliminary 20-man GB Under-16’s squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

The twenty players have been put forward by each of the home nations and will come together under recently announced Head Coach James Vear, who takes the Under-16 reigns after multiple years involved with the Under-20 programme.

“We are really happy to be able to announce the squad for camp,” Vear told Hoopsfix.

“This is the inaugural GB U16 team and I know the players and my staff are very excited to get to camp and begin our prep for the upcoming euros in Bulgaria.”

Kareem Queeley, Theo Hughes and Mate Okros are the holdovers for England after representing at last summer’s Under-16 European Championships, Christopher Feeney and Lewis McGlasson are Scotland’s nominations, whilst Bristol Flyers’ Cai Thomas is the sole Welsh representative.

The 20 players will enter camp and then be cut down to a final 12 to compete in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the Division B campaign from August 10-19.

GB Under 16s

Timothy Adetukasi, England, Brentwood Fire
Joseph Barrett, England, Bradford Dragons
Harrison Bell, England, Doncaster Danum Eagles
Charlie Brown, England, Derby Trailblazers
David Chive, England, London Greenhouse Pioneers
Eric Donaldson, England, Antioch High School (USA)
Veron Eze, England, Ipswich
Christopher Feeney, Scotland, basketballpaisley
Alex Gager, England, Surrey Goldhawks
Theo Hughes, England, Brentwood Fire
Kemari Kennley Bailey, England, Sussex Bears
Lewis McGlasson, Scotland, CB Terra L’Alfas del Pi (Spain)
Chester Morrell, England, Shoreham Spartans
Eljay Morris, England, London Thunder-Lewisham
Louis Norton-Cuffy, England, Peckham Pride
Mate Okros, England, Kent Crusaders
Vasja Pandza, England, Leeds Force
Kareem Queeley, England, Real Madrid (Spain)
Oluwasegun Shodunke, England, Kent Crusaders
Tomiwa Sulaiman, England, London Greenhouse Pioneers
Cai Thomas, Wales, Bristol Flyers

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GB Under-18’s Announce 23-Man Squad for Final Camps

British Basketball have announced a preliminary 23-man GB Under-18’s squad ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

Alan Keane takes charge of the U18s this year and now has selections from all home nations following BE’s announcement of the players they were putting forward for consideration.

“It is great to be involved in bringing together talented young basketball players from across the home nations,” said Vladan Dragosovac, Technical and Performance Manager at Basketball England, who is overseeing the GB camps.

“The programme we are delivering through the upcoming camps is designed to further prepare our young athletes for competition at the highest level.”

Brian Amabilino-Perez, Nelson Boachie-Yiadom, Josh Edwards, Micah Savery-Richards, Romario Spence and Zion Tordoff all represented England and helped secure a ninth place finish.

Scottish trio Ryan Armour, Alexander Ferguson and Callan Low also make the list alongside Welsh duo Kieran Horrigan and Luke Webster-Smith.

The 23 players will enter camp and then be whittled down to a final 12 to compete in Tallinn, Estonia for the Division B campaign from July 28 – August 6.

GB Under 18s Squad

Adria Amabilino-Perez, England, Derby Trailblazers
Brian Amabilino-Perez, England, Derby Trailblazers
Ryan Armour, Scotland, City of Edinburgh
Ashley Barrett-Briggs, England, Team Solent Kestrels
Nelson Boachie Yiadom, England, Loomis Chaffee (USA)
Kaiyem Cleary, England, Manchester Magic
Joshua Edwards, England, London Thunder
Alexander Ferguson, Scotland, City of Edinburgh
Caleb Fuller, England, Ipswich
Kayne Henry-McCalla, England, London Westside
Kieran Horrigan, Wales, Leicester Riders / Charnwood College
Hosana Kitenge, England, Worthing Thunder
Callan Low, Scotland, basketballpaisley
Pierce Maslen, England, Barking Abbey
Joshua Ogundele, England, Barking Abbey
Nathan Robinson, England, Las Lomas, Walnut Creek (USA)
Jacob Round, England, Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Sesan Russell, England, Loughborough Student Riders
Micah Savery-Richards, England, Leeds Force
Romario Spence, England, Charnwood College
Peter Strigas, England, Olympiacos (Greece)
Zion Tordoff, England, Lancashire Spinners
Luke Webster-Smith, Wales, Trent College Knights

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BBL Top 10 Plays of the 2016-17 Season!

Check out the top 10 plays from the 2016-17 BBL – British Basketball League season, led by Cheshire Phoenix’s Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan with a huge tomahawk against Leicester Riders!

Also featuring: Worcester Wolves’ Jermel Kennedy, Plymouth Raiders’ Cory Dixon, London Lions’ Zaire Taylor, Bristol Flyers’ Brandon Boggs, Daryl Corletto, Earl Brown, Mike DiNunno and Moritz Lanegger.

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Rowell Graham into LEB Silver Finals with Valladolid

Rowell Graham has helped Valladolid advance to the LEB Silver Finals as they secured a second successive Game 5 victory in the playoffs in Spain.

The former GB U20 forward finished with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists in a series-clinching 95-74 home win against Moron.

Graham averaged 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in 36 appearances this season having gone up against several other Brits in the third division.

Will Hall (Avila) and Matthew Don (Cambados) both suffered first round playoff exits with their respective sides, while Jack Crook missed out on the post-season with Agustinos.

Valladolid finished in seventh in the regular season with a 17-13 record and defeated third seeds Lucentum 3-2 in the opening round of the playoffs.

The 2009 second division champions have the chance to return to LEB Gold as they take on either Granada or Zornotza in the Finals.

Check out Graham in action from earlier in the season below:

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Joel Freeland, CSKA Finish Third in EuroLeague

Joel Freeland took to the court for the first time at the EuroLeague Final Four weekend in Istanbul as CSKA Moscow secured a third placed finish.

The GB forward went 1-of-2 from the line and collected two rebounds in three minutes of action as the Russian side defeated Real Madrid 94-70 having lost 82-78 to Olympiacos on Friday.

Freeland did not play in the semi-final defeat and averaged 4.9 minutes in 15 appearances in the competition in another injury hit season for the former NBA forward.

Last season, CSKA were crowned EuroLeague champions, but fell short of this year’s Championship game and their attention now turns to the VTB playoffs – where Freeland is averaging 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

The 30-year-old had 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field to help CSKA complete a 3-0 series sweep in the first round of the playoffs earlier this month.

CSKA finished with a 22-2 record in the regular season and now take on Lokomotiv Moscow in the semi-finals with Zenit or Khimki potentially awaiting in the Finals.

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Kyle Johnson Reaches NBL Finals with London Lightning

Kyle Johnson has helped London Lightning reach the NBL Finals in Canada as they continued their perfect record in the playoffs.

The GB forward netted 19 points and added seven rebounds in a series clinching 100-112 road victory against Windsor Express last night.

London Lightning finished with a 35-5 record in the regular season and have won all seven games in the playoffs so far having also swept Orangeville A’s 3-0 in the first round.

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Johnson is averaging 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 40 appearances so far.

Earlier in the season, the 28-year-old dropped a career-high and franchise record 51 points back in February.

Former Bristol Flyers guard Doug Herring is also part of the Lightning roster as they now take their winning streak to a club record 15 games – eclipsing the 14 set earlier in 2017.

Lightning will now face either Halifax Hurricanes or Island Storm in the best-of-7 game Finals.

The franchise have won the NBL Championship twice in 2012 and 2013, but lost 4-3 in last year’s Finals to Halifax.

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Deondre Parks Anklebreaker, Scott Martin Putback! BBL Play-Off Final – Top 10 Plays

Check out the top 10 plays from the Play-off Final of the 2016-17 BBL season, led by Newcastle Eagles’ Scott Martin with an explosive putback dunk after an anklebreaker from Deondre Parks.

Also featuring: Shane Walker, Brandon Clark, Orlan Jackman, Andrew Thomson, Pierre Hampton, Joe Hart and Rahmon Fletcher.

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Andreas Kapoulas Stays as U20 Head Coach – GB Coaching Staff Announced

Andreas Kapoulas has been retained as Great Britain Under-20’s Head Coach as British Basketball announced their full coaching staff lineups for the summer.

The Bristol Flyers play-caller took over the reigns from Douglas Leichner in 2016 and will have Lloyd Gardner and Josh Merrington as his assistants.

GB U20s head out to Oradea, Romania for the European Championships with their Division B campaign starting on 14 July.

Barking Abbey’s James Vear had been U20 assistant for the past four years, but he has taken charge of the GB Under-16 side with former England Under-16 Head Coach Alan Keane now leading the GB Under-18’s, as confirmed in January.

“We are delighted to name such strong coaching and management teams to all of the GB National Youth Squads,” said British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright.

“Using the experience and talent within the Home Countries, we’ve been able to appoint high quality coaches and excellent team support personnel to all squads.

“Flying the flag for GB for the first time for the younger age groups adds a new dimension for the coaches, management and players.”

GB Coaching Staff

GB Under 20 Men

Andreas Kapoulas, Head Coach
Lloyd Gardner, Assistant Coach
Josh Merrington, Assistant Coach
Mark Lloyd, Team Manager
Mark Dayson, Physio
Ross Knevett, Sports Therapist

GB Under 18 Men

Alan Keane, Head Coach
Ian Macleod, Assistant Coach
Pete Daines, Team Manager
Peter Berenyi, Performance Analyst
Patrick Waplington, S&C Coach
Ellen Scott, Sports Therapist

GB Under 16 Men

James Vear, Head Coach
Craig Nicol, Assistant Coach
Howard Leighton, Team Manager
Ieuan Alex Jones, Performance Analyst
Hani Assi, S&C Coach
Mark Dayson, Physio

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