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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

 

Riders and Wolves send BBL on Winter Holidays!

Perfect sending off to four days of Winter Holidays from Riders vs Wolves

Once again Loughborough Uni offered an exciting end to the BBL-TV game – as Leicester Riders and Worcester Wolves played the last game in the league before couple of days of rest for the players and fans.

Chavis Holmes

Wolves had Robert Thurman in the opening warm-up, but with him not taking any running steps, or jumps – it looked unlikely that the player would feature in the evenings game. But the Wolves had a new signing Paul Guede to add depth to the roster

Still – the Riders looked strong and before the game, it felt like a home win coming. Some sharp shooting from the visitors did give them a small cushion early in the game, something that they held onto for a long time.

Wolves might have been in the lead, but it was Riders new boy TrayVonn Wright who gave the crowd something to shout about – nice little slam and then even more spectacular Alley-Oop from the pass of Neil Watson… if those didn’t get your bum of the seats, not quite sure what would?

As the game progressed, Wolves short bench started to get into foul trouble – which in the end resulted Remi Dibo being called for his fifth foul.

Just when it seemed Riders were taking the game, with little less than four minutes on the clock – after big threes from Bernardini and Washington.. the game had one more swing to offer.

PJ – Riders vs Wolves

Wolves tightened their defence and allowed only 2 POINTS!! in the last 3 minutes and 48 seconds – partly helped by missed free throws.

Visitors themselves kept their hand steady from the bonus stripe and that proved to be enough to win the game.

Rashad Hassan missed two from the line as Riders held a one point lead – after which the Wolves played smart and went past.. and held on to get the points.

At the end of the game – you could once again see the passion for the game from Riders coach Paternostro as he rushed after the referees. Some great pictures of this – but, it is Xmas and I am a kind hearted fellow.. so those images can stay in the archives for later use.

 

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.