2013
October
4
Fri

I've added the Matches for the new season - 2013/2014 MABL Championship

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2013
March
15
Fri

Final Score: 84 - 40  |  Match Details    Stats

06-03-2013
By Nikos Silikas

Ex cinere surgemus

In a team that was hit by several departures of players to exotic places (Australia, China, Derby..) and suffering a string of injuries, the influx of new players felt like the Phoenix had risen. Our inspirational point-guard, John Alston, was recently added to the injury-list though hopefully he should be returning very soon.

As a result the line-up featured 4 new players to make up a squad of 10. As one expects, there was a lot of enthusiasm but also some time spent introducing each other and trying to find out what position they play. Max Gougeguel had a feisty start for Atlas scoring the first 6 points. Canute though came determined and responded superbly to the man-to-man defence of Atlas. That combined with two amazing three-pointers by Canute, the last one a buzzer beater from half-way, gave them the lead at the end of the first quarter by 15-14.

Following some defensive adjustments, a more focussed Atlas, produced probably its finest defensive display of the year limiting Canute to 4 points in the quarter. Atlas scored 14 points, from five different players. This gave Atlas a half-time lead of 28-19 and by that time we were able to recognise all of our players by their first names.

A far more relaxed Atlas appeared in the second half with new players clicking in with the ‘old guard’. One of the new recruits, James Royle, came out super hot scoring three consecutive 3’s. Combined with further 3 points from Paul Robinson- the old guard- ensued in a 12-1 run and a double score of 40-20 that set the tone of the contest for the rest of the game. The quarter finished 21-10 to Atlas, leading by 49-29 at that point.

In the fourth quarter, Canute seemed a bit tired and Atlas relentless, which led to the highest scoring quarter for Atlas with 35 points against 11 for Canute. The ‘old guard’ wanted to show to the ‘new kids’ they can match up their skills so Paul Brookes came away with 9 points in the quarter including 6 consecutive free-throws, 3 steals and 2 assists. The Captain, Mike Greenough, with his shooting shoes on, had 3 consecutive 3’s in 1’10”! The final score of 84-40 does not do justice to the brilliant effort of Canute who ran out of petrol in the last quarter.

An excellent team performance by Atlas, with a nice spread of points. James Royle was the top scorer with 17 points (including 4 x 3-pointers), followed by Paul Brookes with 11 along with Subah Sadiq and Max Gougeguel both with 10. Paul Robinson and Mike Greenough had 9 each. Atlas were very close to having 6 players on double figures.

Atlas had 15/30 free-throws (50%) and 8 x 3-pointers.

Our number one fan, the troublemaker Miss Karen Dean, was entertaining and as usual engaged in a lively and friendly banter with the members of the Away team!

In her defence the comment “I can shoot better than this” is actually true!

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2013
February
28
Thu

Free Throws Percentage

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posted bymiky clock 01:11

I've added the free throws percentage in the stats inside the players details pages. Some good numbers there :)

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2013
January
24
Thu

Final Score: 86 - 73  |  Match Details    Stats

23-01-2013
By Nikos Silikas

Farewell to a friend!

This was a special game for the team! It was the last game for our top scorer and faithful Club member Joe Sullivan. Joe is moving to China and everybody in the Club wish him a great start in his new adventure. Joe will always be part of the Club and looking forward to play with him again in the future.

Naturally we wanted to win this game, especially for Joe, but Chorlton didn’t exactly share our plans. They started the game very strong and almost took us by surprise, leading after 5 minutes by 15-9. We managed to respond and finished the quarter trailing by 19-17.

In the second quarter we had a great display of team basketball with six players scoring (very productive in a quarter-including four 3-pointers!). As a result we won the quarter by 27-15, establishing a strong lead at half-time by 44-34.

Third quarter was similar to the first. Chorlton started very tough with an 8-2 run but Atlas came back to win the quarter by 18-17 and extend the lead to 11 points, 62-51 at the end of the quarter.

The last quarter was also balanced. Chorlton briefly managed to reduce the deficit to single digits and bring it down to 7 with 3 minutes left. A strong finish from Atlas, with an 11-5 run in the last 3 minutes, dismissed any doubts as to who the winner will be. Atlas won the quarter by 24-22 and the game by 86-73.

In a typical fashion, Joe led all scorers in his farewell game with a dominant and impressive performance picking up 32 points with four 3-pointers.

Three more players were on double figures with Max Gougegue scoring 14 points with 1 3-point shot, John Alston with 11 points and also 1 3-point shot and Noel Power (coming back from injury) with 10 points.

The team showed good spirit and fighting throughout the game and all nine players scored. The only negative thing on the night was the free-throw percentage that was remarkably low at 8/21 (38%)!! A good percentage for 3-pointers, but pitiful for free throws. Still we had to complete our farewell so a customary curry was in order. The man of the moment had his Chicken tikka korma and a few pints..he will be missed..

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2012
December
22
Sat

musicMagpie Atlas vs. Our Lady's

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posted bynick clock 22:32

Final Score: 79 - 69  |  Match Details    Stats

19-12-2012
By Nikos Silikas

The Xmas show!

The Club had a thoroughly enjoyable Xmas curry last week, after announcing the deal with the new sponsor musicMagpie. In the spirit of euphoria a few players thought that the season finished for 2012 and by getting close to Xmas priorities are shifting. That and a combination of cold and travelling meant that the newly renamed musicMagpie Atlas could only field six players! That was after managing to convince our bed-ridden secretary, Mr Brookes, that we love him and that we will go to his amazing wedding in Ireland, to be the sixth player.

In the spirit of Xmas, Our Ladys fully understanding our plight, decided to equally only field six players. That was a level of true fair play which is unlikely to be ever attained by other organisations such as UEFA. To rounds things up, we had 2 refs, 2 table officials and 2 spectators to make up 6 again, our number for the night.

The game started fairly balanced and after 7 minutes the score was 9-9 with Atlas refusing to score anything but a 3-pointer. A task not that easy, and as a result we had to miss several wide open lay-ups, to stick with our mission of 3-pointers only. Eventually, it was Brookes, clearly still confused by his cold, that scored our first 2-pointer thus illustrating to the other 5 that it was ok to pursue this avenue. A couple more, reluctantly followed, and finished the quarter with 15-13 ahead.

The second quarter was even closer. Our Ladys started stronger and went ahead with a 4-0 run. Atlas responded solidly with a 9-0 run of which 7 points were scored by our mercurial Captain Mike Greenough. The quarter was very balanced and Atlas managed to come on top by 20-19 and finishing the half by 35-32.

The second half started with Atlas emphatically stating their presence. In the first five minutes Atlas had a 12-2 run including 3-pointers by Brookes and Tom Cope. This gave Atlas a safety cushion of 13 points that proved to be decisive in the game. The rest of the game was balanced but Our Ladys did not manage to fully recover from that deficit. Atlas won the quarter by 22-18 and was leading by 57-50 at the end of the third.

The final quarter was similar with Atlas starting stronger and Our Ladys responding. Stockport won that as well by 22-19. The final score was 79-69 for musicMagpie Atlas.

Stockport had 5/10 free-throws (50%) and 10 3-pointers.

Joe Sullivan was the top scorer for Stockport with 20 points of which 15 were in the second half in a spirited multi-faceted performance that included steals, rebounds and assists. Tom Cope followed with 16 points, Captain Mike Greenough with 15 points and Paul Brookes with 12. John Brearley, had another dominant performance with 10 points and huge presence in both offensive and defensive keys. Finally Miky Bersani put in lots of hard work and came out with 6 points and several crucial offensive rebounds.

All in all it was an enjoyable game that even our supporters were fully involved by getting a technical! Our Ladys showed superb sporting behaviour and contributed greatly to a rather friendly game.

It was only appropriate that pints had to be consumed at the bar, purely to further aid the analysis of the game. 
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!

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2012
December
10
Mon

New Sponsor!

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posted bymiky clock 18:49

Atlas has a new sponsor: musicMagpie.

http://musicMagpie.co.uk

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2012
October
6
Sat

New Season 2012-2013

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posted bymiky clock 02:07

I've added the Matches for the new season - 2012/2013 MABL division 1

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2012
April
3
Tue

New Stats - YMCA and Trafford

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posted bymiky clock 18:31

YMCA vs. Stockport Atlas
Trafford vs. Stockport Atlas

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2012
March
23
Fri

New Stats - Rossendale Raptors

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posted bymiky clock 22:58

Final Score: 76 - 49

Rossendale Raptors vs. Stockport Atlas

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2012
March
21
Wed

Stockport Atlas vs. Rainford

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posted bynick clock 19:58

Final Score: 82 - 67  |  Match Details    Stats

14-03-2012
By Nikos Silikas

The Return of the ‘Old Guard’

It was a night for the ‘Old Guard’ first with Stockport and then followed by Chelsea v Napoli! In a season plagued by injuries and absences for various reasons, this was a rare occasion that Stockport could field 10 players. In order for that to happen Coach Mike Greenough had to sign at the last minute a Spanish import-Anjel Sanchis (purely based on DVD evidence and not on trials-as the Coach always insist) and had to drag Joe-the amazing-Sullivan away from an interview with MEN so that he can join the team!

With everybody in high spirits Stockport started the game very aggressively and after 7 min was leading by 15-3 with the guards Brookes and Sullivan dominating the scoring with 5 and 6 points respectively and Alston controlling the point masterfully. In the last 3 min of the quarter it was all about Pete ‘top dog’ Rochford who scored 9 consecutive points and thus first quarter finished with Stockport leading by 24-11.

In the second quarter it was Noel Power and Miky Bersani that picked up the scoring baton with 6 and 5 points respectively. This was a more balanced quarter and Rainford had a strong finish to the quarter with a 10-0 run. Stockport lost the quarter by 18-22 and was leading at half-time by 42-33.

The third quarter was fiercely contested and Rainford had an impressive 8-0 run, reducing the deficit to only 5 points at 46-41. At this point it was the turn of Tom ‘flying’ Sutton to step up and with 5 consecutive points managed to revitalise Stockport who won the quarter by 20-17 and was leading at the end of the third by 62-50.

Now considering that for most of our players more than 10 min of continuous presence on the court constitutes a health & safety risk and borderline a human rights violation :-) , Coach G in his infinite wisdom decided to have some tactical substitutions! A rejuvenated Stockport team with a fresh line up (since) entered the last quarter focussed and not prepared to mess up. A very strong start with an 11-2 run after 5 min effectively ended the game. Stockport had a comfortable 71-52 lead and put the game beyond reach.

Rainford came back to close the gap but Stockport had the last word with two back-to-back 3-pointers one from Sullivan and an unexpected buzzer shot by the Captain Silikas that created a more jubilant atmosphere for Stockport.

The final score was 82-67 for Stockport.

Stockport had 5/7 free-throws (71%) and 7 3-pointers.

Joe Sullivan was the top scorer for Stockport with 20 points followed by Pete Rochfrod with 14 and Noel Power by 12. An indication of the level of performance by Stockport was that all 10 players scored and contributed significantly to the game.

It was only appropriate that pints had to be consumed at the bar, purely to further aid the analysis of the game.

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