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Betty Codona Classic – Day One – 2015

Photos and Videos from the First Day at Betty Codona Classic 2015 !!

The post was MUCH longer – but when it all gets deleted for some off reason at 11.40pm … you just leave it to the short version over night and finish it off in the morning. But for those of you still awake – few video interview and photos from the first day of action in Sheffield.

First video clip and interviews – from Leicester Riders vs Manchester Mystics (both coaches and Maaja Bratka)

Riders vs Mystics

LINK TO IMAGE GALLERY FROM ALL THE GAMES!!

Second video clip and interviews – from Sheffield Hatters vs Cardiff Archers (both coaches and Helen Naylor)

Hatters vs Archers

LINK TO IMAGE GALLERY FROM ALL THE GAMES!!

Third video clip and interviews – from last two games of the day (coaches of Barking/Northumbria and Wildcats)

Barking vs Northumbria / Nottingham vs Suns

LINK TO IMAGE GALLERY FROM ALL THE GAMES!!

First day of the Betty Codona Classic in Sheffield saw four games – three quite clear wins (by numbers) and one closer battle.

Game that ran the closest was Barking Abbey vs Northumbria – the ‘women in black’ almost dug themselves out of a 20 point hole, with a chance to make it a two point game in the final minutes. But with the miss, and Barking’s Bratlova hitting a BIG three at the other end from the following attach.. it was a seven point game – instead of two. Giryanova sunk four out of four from the charity stripe as Barking held on to the win and progressed into the Cup semi-final vs Nottingham Wildcats.

Other three games saw clear winners, with Leicester Riders, Sheffield Hatters and Nottingham Wildcats taking the road to semi-finals of BCC 2015.

– Top scorer of the day : Carmen Reynolds/Nottingham Wildcats with 30 points

– Top rebounder of the day : Kayla Mobley/Northumbria with 13 rebounds.

– Pass of the day : Gabby Nikitinaite/Sevenoaks Suns with behind the  back from a fast break (no basket, but free-throws were made.. so just for the sheer visual pleasure.. this takes the top spot!)

Saturday’s Semi-Finals (of Cup and Plate)

Manchester Mystics vs Cardiff Archers

Leicester Riders – Sheffield Hatters

Sevenoaks Suns – Northumbria

Nottingham Wildcats – Barking Abbey

 

WBBL – Basketball at f1.8

Little bit of Women’s Basketball to help Saturday afternoon go by !

Leicester Riders Interviews

As it had been a while since a game in the UK, for me – I headed down to Cardiff for the Trophy game between Archers and Riders.  Enjoyable game at the ‘green room’ – with Archers missing Stef Collins for the first half of the game (due to traveling difficulties – from overseas as I understood it).

Kastine Evans - Riders
Kastine Evans – Riders

Archers still kept the game nice and close – and if it hadn’t been for the on the ‘death’ three pointer.. it would have been even closer.

For me – the game was mostly about giving the Canon 200mm f1.8 lens another outing. The lens just gives beautiful images – even if my copy probably will be retired in the next year or two.

Archers vs Riders
Archers vs Riders

Second half saw Riders pulling away quickly with Maaja Bratka working the point from under the basket on her way to a big double-double. Bratka and Evans combined for 44 points of the Riders 81 points.

It was also big thanks to Elliot-King who hit some crucial three pointers at the right time for Riders. For Archers – Collins entered the game for a while in the second half, but Riders kept pulling away.

C.Colgan - Archers
C.Colgan – Archers

In the end a comfortable win for Riders, who take another step closer to the Trophy Final – after the game, quick comments from Riders side with Kastine Evans and Coach Harber giving their views of the game.