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In the Press: Schneck makes BBL Team of the week

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Our third BBL Team Of The Week this season is dominated by One Health Sharks Sheffield  who not only have two players in the starting five but also another two coming off the bench – perhaps not surprising after their wrecking spree against UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

There are also four new faces making the starting line-up for the first time while those of you following the BBL Team Of The Week closely will also notice that it is a case of third time unlucky for Joe Chapman. The Eagles shooter misses out for the first time this season.

Our backcourt this week is maybe lacking a little in height but certainly not in stature, offensive firepower or familiarity and with a super-sized and powerful frontcourt, it looks like a fantastic starting five.

In the guard spots are One Health Sheffield Sharks team-mates Steve Dagostino and Ryan Patton. The former makes the team for the second time thisseason having lined up during the very first week while the latter underlines his status as one of the most influential players in the league.

Dagostino was electric against the Raiders last Friday night during the 116-73 rout and he fired 4 three-pointers in a 31 point haul to go with his 6 assists.Patton meanwhile top scored with 33 points and was everywhere as he pulled down 6 rebounds and just missed out on a double-double by one assist.

The first of our towering frontcourt trio is Justin Dobbins who excelled for Worcester Wolves during their hugely impressive 99-96 overtime victory against Newcastle Eagles. There were plenty of bright spots for the Wolves but Dobbins was the pick of the bunch having posted a magnificent double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds.

While losing at Worcester meant it wasn’t exactly the best weekend for Darius Defoe, he can at least find solace from the fact he grabs a spot in the BBL Team Of The Week after also registering a powerful double-double in the game 24 hours earlier against Glasgow Rocks. His battle in the paint with Rocks big man Mike Copeland was terrific and both came up with huge numbers. Copeland is on our bench this week but Defoe gets the nod for the starting five after pouring in 31 points to go with his 12 rebounds.

The last berth goes to BBL rookie Matt Schneck of Cheshire Jets who was one of the top performers of the week as he destroyed Essex Pirates inside. He also racked up a double-double with 30 points and 13 rebounds but made it that little more special with plenty of defensive work which was rewarded with five steals


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October 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm

In the Press: Former Dinos turn pro in Holland

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After years of playing on the same team, the Dinos’ Bekkering brothers will get the rare chance to face each other in professional basketball in the land of decriminalized weed and wooden shoes, otherwise known as Holland.

Last month, the Dinos all-time leading rebounder Ross Bekkering signed with ZZ Leiden of the Dutch Eredivisie league. His older brother, Henry Bekkering, signed with Groningen’s GasTerra Flames in the off season after a year with Nijmegen.

Dinos men’s basketball coach Dan Vanhooren said the opportunity for the brothers to play professionally in Europe would be a great way to gain a new perspective and experience.

Vanhooren said the new arena will give the Bekkerings great explosure and help them to improve.

“Instead of being a go-to guy in a league like the Canada West, I have to find and develop a role here in Groningen,” said Henry Bekkering.

Vanhooren said Ross Bekkering played against Henry during practice games in Calgary, but it will be the first time they play against one another competitively.

“They will play against each other a few times this year and, from experience, that will be only a battle of stubborn, athletic and determined people,” said Vanhooren. “Maybe this time they won’t knock out a tooth.” Click on this link for the whole article.

In the Press: Former Mercer Basketball Standout Kusnyer Inks Dutch Pro Contract

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MACON, Ga. – During his two seasons playing men’s basketball for Mercer University, guard E.J. Kusnyer made a living shooting baskets from beyond the three-point arc. Now, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native will officially be making a living from “long distance” after signing a professional contract with the Rotterdam Challengers in Holland’s Eredivisie league.

Kusnyer made 107 three-point baskets (out of 274 attempts), ranking him second in the entire nation in 2009-10. Kusnyer’s total was also an MU single-season record and – despite the fact he only played two seasons with the Bears – Kusnyer ranks No. 2 in career treys made with 190.
As a senior, Kusnyer averaged 11.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, hitting 39 percent from three-point range, 38 percent from the field overall and 76 percent from the free throw line. He was the only Mercer player to start all 33 games played by the Bears, who came within a single game of making the NCAA tournament last season.
Kusnyer is the third MU player coached by Bob Hoffman to sign a European contract this summer.  Danny Emerson, who finished his career with Kusnyer in 2009-10, will be playing in Belgium, while Calvin Henry (2006-09) recently signed a professional contract in Germany. All three were teammates in 2008-09.
 “It’s always been my dream to play basketball at the professional level and I’m thankful to every coach, teammate, and person that has helped me to achieve that dream,” said Kusnyer after closing his first professional deal.  “I am especially grateful to the Mercer community and all the great people that supported me in the two years I was a Bear.
 “I am super excited to be so close to former teammates Danny Emerson (Belgium) and Calvin Henry (Germany).  We are already trying to figure out ways to meet up and see parts of Europe together.”
Hoffman believes Kusnyer will be very successful in Holland’s pro league.
“I believe (the Rotterdam fans) will love E.J.’s exciting style of play,” said Hoffman. “He can provide instant offense and an immediate spark for a team. Plus, he is very unselfish and looks to do whatever is best for the good of the team.
“His work ethic is unchallenged and he is one of the most coachable players I have ever had. Above being an outstanding basketball talent, E.J. has been a great representative for our program, on and off the court.”

In the Press: McKinley’s Todd Brown will play pro ball in Holland

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Basketball started taking Todd Brown around the country when he was a kid winning AAU tournaments. Those travels continued throughout his memorable career at McKinley High School and then Wright State University.

“I’ve been pretty much everywhere in America,” Brown said. Starting next week, though, basketball will take him to Europe for the first time in his life. The 6-foot-5 Brown is headed to the Netherlands to play for De Friesland Aris, which is in Leeuwarden.

“I don’t even know what I’m feeling right now,” Brown said Friday while driving from Canton to Dayton to say goodbye to his college teammates and friends.  Click here to read more:

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August 14, 2010 at 9:27 pm