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GB round-up: 21st/22nd May

After a hard-fought regular season in the Spanish league and an exciting return to the European Cup earlier this month, the Spanish teams congregated in Malaga for the 44th edition of the Copa del Rey BSR.

A score of GB talent on the court as Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) were narrowly defeated 74:71 in the quarterfinals by Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning). For Amivel, Abdi Jama had 16 points, 1 assist and 4 rebounds. Peter Cusack had 9 points, 4 assists and 8 rebounds.

CD Ilunion (Greg Warburton, Terry Bywater) were defeated in the quarterfinals by Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) side 69:63. Greg Warburton had 10 points, 4 assists and 1 rebound. Terry Bywater was game leader on points and assists with 30 points and 10 assists, and had 10 rebounds.

Progressing into the semi-finals, recent league winners and Eurocup champions Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) and league rivals Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) were both defeated in the semi-finals and met on court in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

Albacete took the victory 68:78, placing 3rd overall in the Copa del Rey. For Albacete, Kyle Marsh had 5 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound. Harry Brown had 8 points, 1 assist and 5 rebounds. Ben Fox had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Gaz Choudhry was game leader on points, assists and rebounds with 27 points, 14 assists and 8 rebounds. Lee Manning had 10 points, 2 assists and 7 rebounds. For Mideba Extremadura, Charlotte Moore had 8 points. Lewis Edwards had 15 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Phil Pratt had 19 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds.

In the final, Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) took the win 72:67 against ACE Gran Canaria, earning their first ever Copa del Rey victory. In the final, James MacSorley had 4 points and 4 rebounds.

In France, CS Meaux (Helen Freeman) won 81:48 against Lille.

GB Round-up: 14th/15th May

GB athletes make history at the National Championship Finals, and the Spanish league title is claimed.

Jack Perry achieved a triple double for London Titans 1 in the Premier Division final as they won 77:62 against CWBA 1. Perry had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists. For CWBA, Tom Smith had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. In the Premier League 3rd/4th place playoff, Sheffield Steelers won 54:81 against Mohawks, and Maddie Thompson (Steelers) had 22 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists.

In the historic Women’s Premier League final, Loughborough Lightning took the inaugural title with a 64:73 victory over East London Phoenix. Robyn Love (Lightning) achieved a triple double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 17 assists. Lucy Robinson (Lightning) had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Jude Hamer (Lightning) had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Lightning) had 5 points. For East London Phoenix, Amy Conroy had 23 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

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In the WPL 3rd/4th place playoff, Worcester Wolves claimed third place with a 32:44 victory over Cardiff Met Archers. For Wolves, Sarah Hope had 12 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. For Archers, Jade Atkin had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist.

In the dramatic final stage of the Spanish league, Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) were named champions of the league after winning 53:68 against Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack). Amivel take 6th place following their defeat.

For Albacete, Kyle Marsh had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Harry Brown had 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Ben Fox had 4 points. Gaz Choudhry had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lee Manning 8 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist. For Amivel Reyes Gutierrez in the final, Abdi Jama had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Peter Cusack had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Amiab Albacete are on tremendous form, having last week won the European Champions Cup 2022.

Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) placed second overall in the Spanish league, winning their match against Iberconsa Amfiv 62:76. Phil Pratt had 13 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Charlotte Moore had 1 rebound. Lewis Edwards had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bidaideak Bilbabo BSR claimed 4th with a 43:75 victory over Fundación Vital Zuzenak. James MacSorley had 14 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) placed fifth with a 47:73 win against Fundación Aliados. Gregg Warburton had 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Terry Bywater had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.

GB Round-up: 7th/8th May

GB athletes featured in six out of eight of the teams representing at the IWBF EuroCup 2022 Champions Cup.

CS Meaux (Helen Freeman) were defeated 94:57 in the first round at Champions Cup 2022 by hosts and German league winners RSB Thuringia Bulls – Helen Freeman had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. In their placing game, CS Meaux were then defeated 86:73 by Italian league winners Briantea84 Cantù. In their final game of the tournament, CS Meaux lined up against Bibaideak Bilbao BSR and were defeated 79:63, finishing 8th overall.

Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James MacSorley) were defeated 86:69 in their opening game against German side RSV Lahn-Dill – James MacSorley had 1 point and 1 rebound. In their second game, Hornets Le Cannet won 96:59 against the Spanish side; MacSorley had 2 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound. In Bilbao’s victory against CS Meaux, earning them 7th place overall, MacSorley had 6 points and 2 rebounds.

Fresh from winning the Italian league, Briantea84 Cantù (Ian Sagar, Sophie Carrigill) came up against a strong BSR Amiab Albacete side in the first round and were defeated 60:78 – Ian Sagar had 10 points, 5 rebounds. In their second round 86:73 victory against CS Meaux, Sagar had 34 points and 10 rebounds. In the 5/6th place playoff, Hornets Le Cannet won 71:64 – Sagar had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists.

RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) got their Champions Cup 2022 campaign off to a good start with a strong performance over Bidaideak Bilbao BSR, winning 86:69 – Simon Brown had 4 rebounds and 2 assists. In the semi-finals, the German side was defeated by CD Ilunion 83:77; Brown had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. In the 3/4th place playoff, RSV Lahn-Dill came up against their domestic league rivals RSB Thuringia Bulls and were defeated 51:75, finishing in fourth place.

BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) had success at the Champions Cup 2022, winning every match including their tough final fixture against domestic league rivals CD Ilunion. In their opening match, Albacete won 60:78 against Italian league champions Briantea84 Cantù. Albacete narrowly won the semi-final against German league champions RSB Thuringia Bulls 70:68. In the final, Albacate had a 64:78 victory against CD Ilunion. Across the tournament, Kyle Marsh had 59 points, 9 rebounds and 26 assists. Harry Brown had 4 points. Ben Fox had 9 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist. Gaz Choudhry had 63 points, 20 rebounds and 17 assists. Lee Manning had 38 points, 31 rebounds and 4 assists.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) won their opening match of the Champions Cup 2022 against Hornets Le Carnnet 73:57. Terry Bywater had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists, Gregg Warburton had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. In their semi-final victory over RSV Lahn Dill, Bywater had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, and Warburton had 6 points, 1 rebound and 11 assists. In the final, CD Ilunion were defeated 64:78 by BSR Amiab Albacete – Bywater had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, and Warburton had 13 points, 1 rebound and 6 assists.

At home in the National League, London Titans 1 are into the Premier Division playoffs following their 57:60 victory over CWBA 1. For Titans, Jack Perry had 20 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists. For CWBA, Tom Smith had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists. Kayla Bell had 4 points.

Maddie Thompson had 21 points for Sheffield Steelers 1 in their 66:84 victory over Mohawks 1.

In the Women’s Premier League, Loughborough Lightning (Lucy Robinson, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Jude Hamer, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Niamh Horan) finish the regular season 9/9, having won every match they played in the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League following their victory against visitors Worcester Wolves. For Lightning, Laurie Williams had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Jude Hamer had 2 points and 1 assist. Siobhan Fitzpatrick had 6 points and 2 rebounds. Lucy Robinson had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Robyn Love had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Niamh Horan had 4 points and 2 rebounds. For Wolves, Sarah Hope had 10 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists. Kayla Bell had 10 points and 1 rebound.

GB Round-up: 30th April / 1st May

Victory in Italy for Briantea84 Cantú (Ian Sagar, Sophie Carrigill) as they won the Italian League! After a strong season, Briantea84 Cantú won the final 55:51 in a close match against Amicacci Giulianova, in which both Sophie Carrigill and Ian Sagar contributed to their team’s victory. Ian Sagar had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

In France, CS Meaux 1 (Helen Freeman) won their first match in the Coupe de France 2022 final stages, winning the quarter-final 72:83 against Hyéres. In the semi-finals, CS Meaux 1 were defeated 71:52 by Red Dragon Metz who went on to win the competition.

In Spain, the pressure is on as the playoffs and finals are fast approaching with the conclusion of the regular season. League leaders BSR Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) won their home game 76:42 against visitors Servigest Burgos (Lee Fryer). Kyle Marsh was game leader on points with 32 points, and had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Harry Brown had 3 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds. Ben Fox had 4 points, 1 assist and 3 rebound. Gaz Choudhry was top performer on assists with 9 assists, and had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Lee Manning was game leader on rebounds with 11 rebounds, and had 10 points.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) won 86:52 against visiting side UCAM Murcia BSR. Terry Bywater was game leader on points and assists, with 27points and 9 assists, and had a 3pt average of 83% (5/6) and 12 rebounds. Gregg Warburton had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists.

Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James MacSorley) had a narrow victory against Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack), winning 71:70 in the final moments of the game. James MacSorley (Bilbao) had 4 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists for his winning side. Abdi Jama (Amivel) had 11 points and 2 assists. Peter Cusack (Amivel) had 4 points and 4 rebounds.

Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) won 64:56 against Fundación Aliados. Lewis Edwards was joint game leader on rebounds with 11 rebounds, and had 21 points and 3 assists. Phil Pratt was game leader on assists with 8 assists and had 7 rebounds.

The final will be Amiab Albacete versus Mideba Extremadura on 14th May.

At home in the Women’s Premier League, Loughborough Lightning (Lucy Robinson, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Jude Hamer, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Niamh Horan) won 67:37 over Worcester Wolves (Sarah Hope, Kayla Bell). For Lightning, Robyn Love was game leader on assists with 14, and had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Laurie Williams had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Jude Hamer had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Siobhan Fitzpatrick had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. Lucy Robinson was game leader on points with 23 points, and had 6 rebounds and 1 assist. For Wolves, Sarah Hope was game leader on rebounds with 15 rebounds, and had 8 points and 3 assists. Kayla Bell had 2 points and 3 rebounds.

In the National League Premier Division, Jack Perry had 31 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists in London Titans 1’s 66:84 victory over Sheffield Steelers. Maddie Thompson had 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists for Sheffield Steelers.

British Wheelchair Basketball announces the appointment of Diccon Edwards as its new Performance Director

A critical appointment for the National Governing Body, Edwards will be instrumental in driving forward the delivery of British Wheelchair Basketball’s ambitious Paris Strategy. 

He will oversee the facilitation of a strategy that aims to deliver complete system change across the sports high performance landscape; with a clear focus on developing more elite level coaches, identifying and developing a greater breadth and depth of wheelchair basketball talent, and embedding and developing positive cultures and behaviours throughout the GB Programme. Alongside this he will lead the GB teams in their journey to realise international medal successes through to Paris and Beyond.

Excellently qualified to lead this change programme and performance success, Edwards brings to the role extensive elite sport experience from both his professional career within UK Sport and The English Institute of Sport, as well as his accomplished Rugby Union and League playing career.  

His career includes roles as Paralympic Coach Advisor for UK Sport during the Rio 2016 cycle and into the Tokyo 2020 cycle, and most recently his current post as Head of Coach Development at UK Sport.

Edwards will take up post from 1st July 2022, as the GB Performance Programme focuses its training programme on the November World Championships and retaining the Men’s Title as well as securing a podium finish for the GB Women’s Team.

British Wheelchair Basketball CEO, Lisa Pearce commented on the appointment:

“This is a critical moment for our sport, and the appointment of an individual with Diccon’s experience within elite and para sport will be vital in effecting positive cultural change as well as delivering our medal targets. His extensive knowledge of the sector, and his personal experience of team sport and coaching will bring a unique perspective to the Performance Director role.

“The athletes and staff are all delighted to welcome Diccon to the team and are looking forward to working with him to realise the true potential of our sport both domestically and internationally.

On his appointment, Diccon Edwards said:

“It is a privilege to be offered the opportunity to lead the Performance programme and build on the recent successes within the sport. We have a clear vision and strategy to be the leading Wheelchair Basketball nation, to both grow and develop the player pathway and achieve consistent medal success and I am excited to be able to play a part in the future with the team of players and staff”

GB Round-up: 16/17th April

Success in the semi-final playoffs in Germany for Simon Brown’s team, and GB talent tops the stats across the Spanish league.

In Germany, RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) are heading to the final after winning both of their playoff matches against Hannover United in a best-of-three format. In the first game on the road, Lahn-Dill won 42:68 and two days later won 56:48 at home. In the first playoff match, Simon Brown scored 14 points and in the second scored 8 points.

In Spain, Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) won their match away against Iberconsa Amfiv 41:89 – a 48-point lead at the final buzzer. Gaz Choudhry was game leader on both points and assists, with 28 points and 11 assists, and had 8 rebounds. Kyle Marsh had 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 19 points with a 2pt average of 90% (9/10). Harry Brown had 4 rebounds and 4 points. Ben Fox had 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 14 points.

A clash of GB talent saw Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) defeat CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) in a close game ending 66:75. For Ilunion, Gregg Warburton had 6 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound. Terry Bywater (Ilunion) had 12 points, 8 assists and 12 rebounds. For Mideba Extremadura, Phil Pratt was game leader on assists with 12 assists, team leader on points with 20 points, and had 6 rebounds. Lewis Edwards (Mideba Extremadura) had 19 points, 4 assists and was team top performer on rebounds with 9 rebounds.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) won 61:40 at home against Fundación FDI Las Rozas. Abdi Jama had 2 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists. Peter Cusack had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.

At home in the National League, Maddie Thompson (Sheffield Steelers) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in their Premier Division win over Exeter Otters. Jade Atkin (Exeter Otters) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist.

GB Round-up: 9th/10th April

In Spain, the final stage of the competition approaches with GB talent topping the league stats. Phil Pratt (Mideba Extremadura) is current league leader on average assists with an average of 9.3 assists per game, and Lee Manning (BSR Amiab Albacete) leads on rebounds with an average of 12.1 rebounds per game.  

Amiab Albacete (Kyle Marsh, Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Lee Manning) won their match 92:57 against Fundación Aliados. Albacete are current overall league leaders with a tie on points with Mideba Extremadura – both teams have won 16/19 matches this season so far.

In Albacete’s victory over Aliados, Gaz Choudhry (Albacete) was game leader on points with 34 points, with 73% on 3pts (8/11), and had 6 assists and 9 rebounds. Kyle Marsh (Albacete) had 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Harry Brown (Albacete) had 5 points, and 2 assists. Ben Fox (Albacete) had 20 points, 3 assists and 9 rebounds.

Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James MacSorley) won their home game 72:51 against Iberconsa Amfiv. James MacSorley had 4 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) won 57:70 on the road against home team Fundación Vital Zuzenak. Abdi Jama had 20 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Peter Cusack had 7 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) were narrowly defeated 79:73 by home team BSR Ace Gran Canaria. Gregg Warburton was top performer for CD Ilunion on points and assists, with 20 points and 9 assists, and had 2 rebounds. Terry Bywater had 15 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds.

Mideba Extremadura (Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt, Lewis Edwards) won their match 54:74 against UCAM Murcia BSR. Charlotte Moore had 4 points. Phil Pratt had 8 points, 1 assist and 5 rebounds.

Servigest Burgos (Lee Fryer) were defeated 63:54 by Fundación FDI Las Rozas.

In Germany, Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) were knocked out of the playoffs by RSB Thuringia Bulls after a second defeat (84:45), which ends their season. Jim Palmer had 9 points. RSV Lahn-Dill (Simon Brown) prepare for their playoff matches against Hannover United after their match needed rescheduling.

At home in the National League Premier Division, Jack Perry (London Titans) had 14 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists in a home game win against visitors Thames Valley Kings.

In the Women’s Premier League, Jade Atkin (Cardiff Met Archers) had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist in the Archers 35:32 victory over visitors Worcester Wolves (Sarah Hope, Kayla Bell). Sarah Hope (Wolves) had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Kayla Bell (Wolves) had 2 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist.

Loughborough Lightning (Lucy Robinson, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Jude Hamer, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Niamh Horan) won their match 66:42 against East London Phoenix (Amy Conroy). Lucy Robinson (Lightning) had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Robyn Love (Lightning) had 16 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists. Laurie Williams (Lightning) had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.  Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Lightning) had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Niamh Horan (Lightning) had 8 points 7 rebounds and 1 assist. Amy Conroy (Phoenix) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists.

GB Round-up: 2nd/3rd April

Play-offs are underway in the German League and the stage is set for a thrilling final in Italy.

In Spain, Bidaideak Bilbao BSR (James MacSorley) won their match away against Iberconsa Amfiv 56:82. James MacSorley had 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Tyler Baines, Peter Cusack) were defeated on the road 72:63 against home team BSR Ace Gran Canaria. Abdi Jama had 6 points, 1 rebound and 7 assists. Peter Cusack had 16 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds.

In Germany, Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) were defeated 62:86 by RSB Thuringia Bulls in their first game of the playoffs. Both teams will meet again this weekend for two more matches.

In Italy, tension builds for Briantea84 Cantù (Ian Sagar, Sophie Carrigill) who will meet Deco Metalferro Amicacci Abruzzo in a series of three final games to decide the 2021-2022 champions. On Saturday, to qualify for the final games, Briantea84 Cantù won 77:58 against visitors S. Stefano AVIS. Ian Sagar had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 1 assist. Sophie Carrigill had 1 point.

Dinamo Lab Banco Di Sardegna (Billy Bridge) won their game against GSD Porto Torres 62:68. Billy Bridge had 16 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists.

At home in the National League Premier Division, Tom Smith (CWBA) had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists in CWBA 1’s victory over visitors Exeter Otters 1.

In the BWB Women’s Premier League, Loughborough Lightning continue their winning streak with a home game victory over Cardiff Met Archers. Laurie Williams (Lightning) had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. Lucy Robinson (Lightning) had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Lightning) had 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Robyn Love (Lightning) had 24 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Niamh Horan (Lightning) had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist. Jade Atkin (Archers) had 17 points and 8 rebounds.

Sarah Hope (Worcester Wolves) had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in their victory over East London Phoenix. Kayla Bell (Wolves) had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Amy Conroy (Phoenix) had 25 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist.