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Nottingham Wildcats victorious at Arena Birmingham

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:49:37 Europe/London

Wildcats VictoryAfter years of coming close, Nottingham Wildcats have their name on the WBBL Cup Final Trophy, in front of record numbers at Arena Birmingham.

In a match that was closely contested all the way through, Nottingham Wildcats managed to edge out Caledonia Pride in a 70-66 thriller. The sides were difficult to split early in the game, with both Tricia Oakes and Ashley Harris putting in big numbers.

However from the second quarter, Nottingham got their noses in front and stayed there, with Sbahi running the show and Harris and Lovett with the lions share of the points.

Ashley Harris took MVP, with Sbahi receiving a special mention for her contribution to the game.

Comments | Posted in Basketball Molten By Alex James

Cheshire Phoenix take home the BBL Cup Final

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:40:53 Europe/London

Phoenix Victory

For the first time in 16 years, Cheshire Phoenix were victorious in the BBL cup final,  beating Worcester Wolves 99-88.

Worcester got out of the gates quicker, with Bachynski winning the early battles against fellow forward CJ Gettys. However it didn’t take long for Cheshire to get into their stride, with MVP Malcolm Riley peppering the basket, to take the game to half time with just a point in it.

In the second half Phoenix really started to dominate, with Sandoval controlling the game and Gettys, Riley and Falzon finding the basket, taking them into the third quarter with an 11 point lead.

Two big three-pointers from Falzon in the fourth quarter took the game almost out of sight for the Wolves, who trailed by 15 with just minutes remaining. Some heavy scoring from Wolves towards the end took the game to within 7 points, but hopes were quickly squashed by Phoenix, who ended the match 99-88.

MVP Malcolm Riley won the Molten Golden Ball award, securing himself 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, with CJ Gettys chipping in with 19 points in from of the packed Birmingham crowd.

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London Lions are crowned champions of the opening Betway All Stars Basketball!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 17:12:54 Europe/London


Fast 5 BasketballAfter a gripping afternoons basketball, London Lions secured victory at the 02 to the delight of the crowd. They fought off a late comeback from Newcastle Eagles, winning 26-25 despite a Jaysean Page 5 point shot in the last minute of play.

The event was played with a new set of rules at the 02, including a 5 point line and a 2 minute power play, allowing teams to score double points in a 2 minute period at any stage of the game. This encouraged a faster pace of basketball and really allowed the finest shooters in the country to showcase what they can do from distance, proving popular among players and spectators alike.

London Lions looked strong from the start, with two comfortable victories in the group stages over Glasgow Rocks and Bristol Flyers, before playing Bristol Flyers again in a much closer affair. London Lions snuck through 18-16 after failing to use their powerplay within the allotted time, a mistake that nearly proved very costly!

It wasn’t such a smooth ride to the final for Newcastle Eagles, who were beaten 41-22 in their first game, before coming through the double elimination to face BBL champions Leicester Riders. Newcastle Eagles survived a late push from Leicester Riders to win 27-26, an incredible match between two British Basketball heavyweights!

Highlights from around the tournament included an incredible halfway line buzzer beater from Mackay McKnight to win the game for Sheffield Sharks, and 10 point shots from Saah Nimley and Elvisi Dusha to completely change the game.

As in the BBL, the Molten BGG7X was used for matches, which can be purchased at

The tournament came with a huge £100,000 prize fund put up by Matchroom, with £25,000 going to the champions London Lions.

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First All Stars Confirmed for the O2

Friday, 4 August 2017 09:56:25 Europe/London

The first all-star picks for the forthcoming British Fast5 All-Stars Championship have been confirmed, with a host of England Roses players set to shine at The O2, London on September 23rd.

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Manchester Thunder have announced Roses stars Helen Housby and Sara Bayman as their all-star picks. Their international team-mate Kadeen Corbin will lead the Team Bath charge in London alongside Tash Pavelin, while George Fisher and Nat Haythornwaite are the Wasps Netball All-Stars.

New Zealanders Erena Mikaere and Daneka Tuineau head the Team Northumbria squad, which also includes new signings Sophie Hankin and Scotland international Claire Brownie with the other four competing teams set to confirm their all-stars shortly.

Nat Haythornthwaite“I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to bring two of New Zealand’s top players over to London for the Fast5 All-Stars Championship,” said Northumbria head coach TeAroha Keenan. “Both Erena and Daneka have a huge amount of experience at the highest level and they will be invaluable additions to our squad.”

Bayman captained Manchester Thunder to the Superleague title in 2014 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to don the famous Black and Yellow again: “I'm really excited to be back in the Thunder colours and I'm looking forward to what promises to be a great tournament. It will be a lot of fun for both players and spectators,” she said.

Sara BaymanHousby added: "I'm super excited to be back in the Black and Yellow, even if it is just for a day. I'm looking forward to seeing some old team mates and coaches and playing at an amazing arena. I've never played at The O2 so I can’t wait for that day to come around."

Wasps Director of Netball Tamsin Greenway said of her squad: “We’re going to the Fast5 All-Stars in September with one goal and that is to come away as winners. These players are Superleague champions and I believe this group can beat anyone when at their best.”

Helen HousbyTeam Bath Director of Netball Jess Thirlby said: “I am really excited by this fantastic squad and are looking forward to taking them into this new competition. It is a great mix of established players, returning internationals like Kadeen and our fantastic up-and-coming youth stars.”

The line-up for the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship is completed by Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Storm, Hertfordshire Mavericks and Severn Stars.

The British Fast5 All-Stars Championship will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and carries a ground-breaking £100,000 prize fund. Eight five-player sides will compete in a double elimination group stage for a spot in the semi-finals and the eventual winners will take home £25,000.

Introducing exciting new innovations such as a double-point Power Play, 5-point line and 12-minute matches, the British Fast5 All-Stars brings netball back to The O2 and allows teams to include two global All-Star players in their squad.

Tickets for the British Fast5 All-Stars Championship are available now from and start from just £20 with group tickets available priced from £60 for four adults. VIP Courtside tickets are available for £150 from

All Star 5Matchroom Multi Sport are pleased to announce Molten as the official ball supplier of the British Basketball All-Stars Championship at The O2, London on Sunday, September 24.

The British Basketball All-Stars Championship introduces some exciting new innovations as the top eight BBL teams compete for a record-breaking £100,000 prize fund. Matches are just 12 minutes long with a 20-second shot clock while an all-Star 5-point line offers rewards for those willing to brave a shot from distance. Teams will also have a two-minute Power Play at their disposal, during which any pointes will be doubled.

Molten is the world's leading ball manufacturer and an internationally recognised brand. It is renowned world-wide for the exceptional quality of its ball products and its advanced technical know-how. This is reflected in the many international competitions and tournaments in which Molten are the Official Game Ball.

Unicorn Products Ltd acquired the UK and Ireland distribution of Molten Sports in 2012 and Bob Hope, the ex-professional basketball coach and GB Olympic Basketball Team Manager who introduced Molten to the UK, remains a consultant.

The announcement extends Unicorn’s successful work with Matchroom Sport, developing the long-standing partnership as the PDC’s official darts board, and sponsor of the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour.

Edward Lowy Managing Director of Unicorn Products Ltd said: “It’s wonderful to be involved in this hugely entertaining sport at a time when its popularity is at an unprecedented high, and to work with Matchroom and the BBL, both with whom we have a time-honoured affiliation”.

Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to welcome Molten as the official ball of the British Basketball All-Stars Championship.

“Molten are undoubtedly the world’s leading manufacturer of basketballs and we are thrilled to have them on board for the inaugural All-Stars Championship at The O2. We’ve brought in some exciting new innovations for this one-off event as we put the best of British basketball centre-stage in London this September.”

Tickets for the British Basketball All-Stars Championship are available now from and start from just £20 with group tickets available priced from £60 for four adults. A 20% discount is offered for group bookings of 20+. VIP Courtside tickets are available for £150 via

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Leicester Riders and Sevenoaks Suns victorious at the 02

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 15:57:05 Europe/London

Exciting day of action at the BBL Play Off Finals

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