Despite covering tons of games in the league, I don’t always ‘enjoy’ the games – no worries with that on Friday, one of the most entertaining BBL games in a long time!
Paul Guede on Wolves win
Definitely no love lost between the two teams, right from the get-go Alex Owumi and Fab Flournoy had a nice heated exchange of words, Darius Defoe and Rob Thurman were competing under the basket… it was just good passion from both teams desperate to win the game.
Rob Thurman on Wolves win over Eagles
Not sure of the last time I’ve seen Eagles 0/10 from three point range after first 20 minutes. Also, missing four free throws in a row when it was a one point game late in the fourth..
Dave F on Eagles game vs Wolves
The action was best summed up by Wolves coach Paul James “If that game doesn’t make the fans come back to see a game… then I don’t know what will”.
Paul James on Wolves performance
From Eagles point of view, as well as losing the game – they now have to worry over the ankle of Scott Martin, who landed awkwardly after going for a rebound ball in the opening half.
But as always, let the players and coaches do the talking – and photos to tell the story.
Great advert for BBL and now Sunday’s BBL Cup Final needs to be quite special to top this one!!
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)
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!)
Back from Xmas break (five days) – and it was a slow ‘turkey digesting’ game at Worcester Arena on Sunday.
Return to BBL action after the exciting Riders vs Wolves game on Tuesday – it was Wolves vs Force at the Arena.
Force post game comments
No chance of installing/testing the remote cameras today – due to holiday period basketball camps being run at the Arena before the tip-off. Now we just hope that the Wolves vs Eagles game will be played on the 9th of January to give a final test run before BBL Cup Final at the Barclaycard Arena.
PJ post game Force
The game was a low scoring event – with neither team hitting the high gears, but in the end Wolves hit the BIG threes at the end – thanks to Remi Dibo, Alex Owumi and Jamall Williams (whose brother Kai had an extended Xmas break from Sweden and help commentating the game on BBC H&W).
Memorable moments from the game were Kalil Irving slam-dunk on the first ten – which got the game and crowd warmed-up for few minutes. And on the last ten Chavis Holmes doing his best to emulate Jurgen Klinsmann 😉
But – for this game, I let the coaches comments and pictures do the talking. I better clean the house for tomorrow….
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.
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.
Now, that’s of course the way to start a post that will tell how magnificent it is to be a sports photographer and how traveling is the best thing since sliced bread and no-one else should attempt to do sports photography…. 😉
During the weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to cover to basketball games in Germany. A Women’s DBBL game in Wasserburg with Tiina Sten and then Sunday a BEKO BBL game in Ludwigsburg with Shawn Huff, both who are Finnish International players for the senior national teams.
Two very different games, with Sten’s Wasserburg running clear winners over Rhein-Mein and in Ludwigsburg a late heart-break for Huff’s MHP Reisen as they lost to Phoenix Hagen, who made a strong come back in the second half of the game.
Photography-wise also very different approach to both games, with different things to look for in the action – and for myself the focus was mainly on the two Finnish players to get good pictures of them in action.
But as a photograph (who happens to enjoy covering basketball) I couldn’t help but take pictures of the whole game while there.
Also – for some reason while in Wasserburg, even I got interviewed, now I am used to doing the interviews from the otherside.. but someone interviewing me. That doesn’t happen too often – hope I made some sense with my answers.
Positive things to notice was that around 1000 fans had come to the Women’s game – a sport that doesn’t always get the limelight and amount of fans it deserves. Drums and all.. In Ludwigsburg – once again almost full house and great presentation of the event.. I have been to two games in Ludwigsburg and can’t wait to get to the third!
Travel-wise, some time spent on the Germans autobahn – bit of free-time photography in Wasserburg (beautiful little town) – delayed flight due to fog in Munich, so got to spend an extra night on the road as I missed my connecting flight to Birmingham.
Did also get to use skills from my old job of being a Chef, as I got to use the kitchen to cook a dinner for three Finns in Germany… makes a change to trying to find the nearest McD’s of KFC 😉
Big thank to Tiina Sten for everything over the first two days, and also to Shawn for coming to have a chat after the game! Looking forward to catching up with both either during this season or during the ‘Susi-summer 2015’
Few photos of the two games attached – to colour things up a little. The interviews will be put online LATE tonight!!