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Phoenix centre Gettys named Player of the month.

Cheshire Phoenix star CJ Gettys has been named Molten BBL Player of the Month for November.
The centre has guided Phoenix to three wins from their five games during the month and averaged a spectacular November double-double.
He amassed 20 points and 11.2 rebounds per game with 30 boards to his name, he also fired 56% from the field.
Gettys only made his BBL debut in September but is already looking a great addition to the squad.

Riders star Hayward named player of the month

Leicester Riders guard Deanne Hayward has been crowned Molten WBBL Player of the Month.
The Scot was part of the Riders team that had a perfect November.
Hayward has been on fire with 18 points per game returning 60% from the field and was second in the WBBL from behind the three-point line.
She was also the best free-throw shooter and recorded 3.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Riders’ coach Krumesh Patel was also named the Molten WBBL Coach of the Month.

Lions' Karol named Coach of the month

London Lions' Mariusz Karol has been named Molten BBL Coach of the Month for November.
The Lions have had a flawless run, going 3-0 throughout the month.
Lions started off with an 86-70 victory against Glasgow Rocks at the Copper Box, following it up with a pair of road wins.
The first came at Plymouth Raiders with a 75-70 success and they then picked up a tight 67-63 triumph at Bristol Flyers.
Karol fought off stiff competition from Rob Paternostro of Leicester Riders who also went 3-0 during November.
There were less games in the month due to GB fixtures taking place.

Wolves' Director hopeful of final place

Worcester Wolves’ Managing Director Mick Donovan hopes the team can reward fans’ loyalty with a Final day out as he looks ahead to this week’s BBL Cup clash.
The University of Worcester-owned side prepares to face Sheffield Sharks for a place in the final in Birmingham.
Donovan said: "We are very proud and appreciative of our loyal fans and this season has seen record breaking home attendances compared to previous seasons.
"The fans have a good understanding of the game and, regardless of results and performances, they continue to approach each game with a positive mindset and get behind the team. 
"There is certainly a feeling of cup fever in the Worcester Wolves basketball camp this week.  Everyone at the Club would love to see Wolves make the prestigious final in Birmingham and the players in particular will be determined to reward the fans and club volunteers with a semi-final win that would bring a great Cup Final day out.  I am sure that if we were to make the fi…

Chelsea 'keeper Courtois downs Rob Holding on 2k18

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was too hot to handle as he won the NBA 2K18 Celebrity Gaming Tournament Final.
Courtois had beaten Crystal Palace stars Mamadou Sakho and Timothy Fosu-Mensah on the way to the final where he faced off with Arsenal defender Rob Holding.
Holding himself had seen off Arsenal teammate Nacho Monreal and England rugby star Owen Farrell to reach the final.
The Chelsea goalkeeper elected to play as the Golden State Warriors, with the Arsenal defender selecting the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a rematch of the last three years of NBA Finals. As in the previous rounds, NBA legend Gary Payton oversaw the contest. 
After an incredibly hard-fought match, it was Courtois who was crowned the Champion of the NBA 2K18 Celebrity Gaming Tournament, as his Golden State Warriors team sealed a 39-22 victory over Rob Holding’s Cavaliers, with the Belgian awarded a special NBA2K18 Championship ring to commemorate his victory.  
Following his win, Courtois compared the atmosph…

Worcester sign GB International Gilchrist

Worcester Wolves have signed Great Britain star Robert Gilchrist on a temporary contract. The 6ft 9in power forward made his debut in yesterday's fixture against Plymouth Raiders, as the Wolves climbed above their opponents in the BBL standings.
Gilchrist scored 14 points, with 8 rebounds on his first outing.
Paul James, Wolves Head Coach, said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of such a high quality player as Robert Gilchrist. Even though this is a short term solution, we have a very hectic December schedule and this will bolster our squad while we look for a permanent fixture.”
Gilchrist joins the Wolves after playing at Spanish side Araberri last season in the Liga EspaƱola de Baloncesto Oro, the second basketball division of the Spanish basketball league, where he averaged 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
He played for his country at under 18 and under 20 level and made his senior debut against New Zealand during 2015, scoring 12 points on the night, and ha…

Plymouth secure Bishop Fleming tie up

The Plymouth Raiders have announcrf a new partnership with finance firm Bishop Fleming.
Bishop Fleming will provide ongoing accounting support for the club along with strategic financial advice to the directors as part of the exclusive deal.
Raiders Director, Richard Mollard said, “I’ve personally enjoyed a long relationship with Bishop Fleming, and when it came to securing a financial partner there was no better choice in my opinion.”
“This season is about building strong foundations, on the court and off it, so I’m delighted to be able to count on Bishop Fleming. With their advice, the club’s financial management systems will best support our ambitions to secure the club’s long-term future, so we can start challenging for trophies in years to come.”
“I also know what big sports fans they are, and I look forward to seeing them at games, enjoying the thrills and spills this season will undoubtedly bring, and building a strong partnership that I hope will grow over many years.”
Robert…

British Basketball chief joins BOA board

The Chief Executive of GB Basketball has been appointed to the board of the British Olympic Association.
The BOA held their elections at the National Olympic Committee Meeting earlier today. Lisa Wainwright was appointed alongside David Joy (Canoeing), whilst Sarah Treseder (Sailing) was reappointed.

BOA Chairman, Sir Hugh Robertson said: "Both Lisa and David will bring considerable experience across a range of Olympic sports to the newly constituted Board.

"We are delighted they will be joining us at an exciting time for the Olympic movement in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 nearly upon us and with our planning already at an advanced stage for Tokyo 2020.

"Sarah Treseder has played an integral role at Board level in the successful governing of the BOA and we are pleased to retain her services as a sports representative with considerable business and corporate experience.

Chelsea and Man United stars clash in 2k18 showdown

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois proved he was a safe pair of hands once again, as he beat Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace, on loan from Manchester United), in the second semi-final of the NBA 2K18 Celebrity Gaming Tournament!
The Chelsea keeper, playing as the Boston Celtics, beat Fosu-Mensah's San Antonio Spurs 39-23.
It means he faces Arsenal defender Rob Holding in the final.
Courtois discussed his passion for the NBA after the game: “I don’t really have a team. I know a few players at the Lakers and at the Knicks, so I like to follow the players I really know well. I’m very excited to see Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers in London for the NBA London Game 2018 for example, I think it will be a great game and hopefully they will win as well.”
Fosu-Mensah then concluded by sharing his excitement for the NBA London Game 2018, “I’ve always wanted to see an NBA game and the London Game is going to be my first one ever, so I’m really excited to go. It’s going to be a grea…

Worcester Wolves Coach praises British basketball legend Sullivan

Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James has praised former GB captain Drew Sullivan following his retirement from the game.

Sullivan - who made over 100 appearances for his country - announced his decision earlier this year.

He led a team to victory one more time yesterday with London beating the World 89-84 in his testimonial.

Paul James coach of the Worcester Wolves, has come up against Sullivan as a coach a number of times over the years and says he has a lasting legacy on the British game.

James said: "I think he has been phenomenal for the British game, the ultimate professional. I haven't really had the pleasure to work with Drew, but to see the way he handled himself on and off the court, you could see he was very serious about his basketball and his success has happened because of that.

"He's won many championships and for sure he has been a real leader on and off the court, for anybody that has worked with him.

"It's sad to see such a talent like th…

Molten announced as All-Stars match ball

The British Basketball All-Stars Championship have announced Molten will be the official match ball for the tournament which will see the top eight BBL teams compete for a record-breaking £100,000 prize fund.

Unicorn Products Ltd acquired the UK and Ireland distribution of Molten Sports in 2012.

Unicorn have worked with Matchroom Sport over the year, developing the long-standing partnership as the PDC’s official darts board, and sponsor of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour.

Edward Lowy Managing Director of Unicorn Products Ltd said: “It’s wonderful to be involved in this hugely entertaining sport at a time when its popularity is at an unprecedented high, and to work with Matchroom and the BBL, both with whom we have a time-honoured affiliation”.

Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to welcome Molten as the official ball of the British Basketball All-Stars Championship.

“Molten are undoubtedly the world’s leading manufacturer of basketballs and we are thrilled to …

Edozie returning to Bristol for 17/18 season

Daniel Edozie has agreed a new one-year deal with Bristol Flyers.

The 6ft 8in forward, who signed his first professional contract with the club, has now committed until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Edozie played in all 33 games for the Flyers last season, averaging 6.6 points and seven rebounds per game.

He said: “I’m very happy to be a part of the club again next season.

“Flyers are a growing organisation and I’ve really enjoyed the journey over the past two years. I’ve learned a lot during my time here so far and I firmly believe we’re going to have a successful season this year."

London-born Edozie joined the Flyers in August 2015, having previously played NCAA Division One basketball under current Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State University.

Edozie becomes the fifth player to commit to Bristol Flyers for the 2017/18 season.

Rocks opt for Garbelotto

Glasgow Rocks have appointed Tony Garbelotto as the club's new head coach, on an initial two-year deal.

Garbelotto joins the Rocks with a wealth of experience across all levels of the game.

He said: "I am very pleased to be named the new Glasgow Rocks Head Coach.

"This franchise and club has long been considered one of the top clubs in the UK and I am excited about the possibility of bringing success to the club, Glasgow and Scotland.

"I hope that I can not only make an impact on the court by ultimately winning silverware, but also make an impact in the community and leave an ongoing legacy for basketball in Scotland."

Garbelotto began his coaching career in 1993 with the London Towers and went on to coach in Iceland, Germany and more recently Vietnam, where he was named head coach of the national team.

He was Assistant coach to the Great Britain Olympic Men's Team and has also served time as the England men's team Head Coach. As impressive and illustr…

Vigor flying again with Bristol

Mike Vigor has penned a new one-year deal with the Bristol Flyers, with an option to extend for a further year.

The Australian forward returns for his third season in the BBL, after joining the Flyers in June 2016 following a one-year spell with the Plymouth Raiders.

Born in Aberdeen, Vigor made 33 appearances last season, averaging 9.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

"There's just a really good feeling around the club," Vigor told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"The fact that they have a three-to-five year plan shows there's some really exciting times ahead.

"We want to be a powerhouse club. We don't want to just make it into the play-offs anymore - we see ourselves as a top four team in the years to come."

The 6ft 9in forward also has experience in Australia's top flight with the Perth Wildcats and in the second tier (SEABL) with the Bendigo Braves.

Vigor, who holds both Australian and British nationality, is currently playing for the Perth Redbacks …

GB and BBL legend Drew Sullivan retires

GB basketball legend and former captain Drew Sullivan has retired from the sport of basketball. The two time MVP and the Great Britain Olympic Captain has announced his retirement from basketball as one of the most successful player in BBL history.  Sullivan played in over 300 BBL games in his 12 seasons of play in the BBL as well as time in Europe throughout his career. He said: “I have been playing basketball for over two decades, “I have had an amazing time representing my county, some amazing clubs and playing here [Leicester] for the five seasons but today I am announcing my retirement. “It is bitter sweet as I enjoy playing here for this club so much but it has to happen at some stage and the time is right and I look forward to starting the next chapter of my life.  “There have been some amazing moments, representing Great Britain at the Olympics and play in London a stone’s throw from where I grew up with family and friends able to watch me play. “Winning the first league title he…

Khan in again at Worcester

Worcester Wolves Basketball Club have announced the re-signing of Ashton Khan for his third season with the team. Khan first joined the Wolves for the 2015–16 campaign and last season, averaged eight points and three assists per game for the University of Worcester-owned side The 6ft 1in guard, says he hopes to help the team - which went on a 12-game winning streak in the second half of the season - finish what it started last time around. Wolves Head Coach, Paul James, said he was delighted that Khan had decided to stay on with the club for the upcomingBritish Basketball Leagueseason and that even more was expected from him this time around. "Ashton is an important part of what we are building here at Worcester,” he said. “I have watched Ashton mature as a player and a person since being with us and he has had some very special performances to go with that. “He is a very exciting guard and will be even better this season than he was last. I expect even bigger things to come from him.” …

Smith signs up with the Flyers

Leslee Smith has become the second player to sign a one-year extension with the Bristol Flyers.

The British Virgin Islands international, who joined the club from Olimpi Tbilisi last summer, has now committed until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Prior to playing in the top flight in Georgia, Smith played NCAA Division One basketball at Nebraska in the 'Big Ten' conference.

"It feels really good to be back next season," Smith told bristolflyers.co.uk.

"Bristol Flyers are a special club - last season was just our third year in the BBL and it's the second time we've made it to the play-offs.

"We've been flying under the radar over the past few years so I think this season is the one to really make some noise in this league."

Smith made 32 appearances for the Flyers last season, averaging 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

The 26-year-old also has experience on the international stage, having represented the British Virgin Islands at the 2014 FIBA…