Plymouth Raiders

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Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth Raiders logo
League British Basketball League
Established 1983
History Plymouth Raiders
1983-present
Arena Plymouth Pavilions[1]
(Capacity: 1,480)
Location Plymouth, Devon
Team colours Green, White and Black
Main sponsor Plymouth University
Head coach Jay Marriott[2]
Website PlymouthRaiders.com
Uniforms
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The Plymouth Raiders, officially called Plymouth University Raiders for sponsorship reasons, is South-west England's leading basketball team. Based in the city of Plymouth, they play their home games at the Pavilions arena and have competed in the top-tier British Basketball League since 2004. Prior to this, Raiders were the longest serving and most successful team of EBL Division 1. The franchise also operates Plymouth Marjon, a development programme in partnership with University of St Mark & St John, with several teams competing in various divisions of the English Basketball League.

Franchise history[edit]

1983-1990: Struggling early years[edit]

Their first season at the national level was in 1983/84, and after a few years towards the bottom of the EBL they finished 4th in 1987/88.[3]

1990-1996[edit]

In 1990/91 they finished bottom of the EBL, and whilst they managed 6th place in 1991/92, for the next four seasons they finished in the bottom four.[3]

1996-2004: New arena, new era[edit]

Plymouth Raiders Logo (used until 2012)

Having called the Mayflower Centre home for the past 13 years, Raiders vacated the ageing venue in 1996 and moved into the 1,480-capacity arena at the Pavilions in downtown Plymouth. The move proved to be an instant success, with crowds rising from an initial 300 people, to over 1,300 throughout the course of the season. On court, the signing of Coach Stronach’s long-time target Kenny Ervin as well as Jim McGilvery, brought plenty of firepower to the roster and above all expectations, finished second in the league, just one win behind Winners Ware Rebels. Progressing on to the Play-offs for the first time in five years, Raiders eliminated Coventry Crusaders in the Semi-finals, 56-48, in front of a packed-out Pavilions crowd, and advanced to the Final for the first time in franchise history. Over 500 fans travelled to Wembley Arena, where on 4 May 1997, Raiders clinched their first Play-off title with a 118-106 victory over Ware adding to the Division 1 and National Trophy Runners-up honours.

Raiders built on their successes, drafting in Nigerian international Daniel Okonkwo straight out of Yale University, as well as sealing return of former development player Richard Whitehouse from Plymouth State University and resigning Jim McGilvery to the 1997-98 roster. Coach Stronach mounted an all-out attack for silverware but found worthy challengers in the form of Richmond Jaguars, who not only pipped the Raiders to the league title, but also took the honours in the National Trophy Final, winning 87-76, and destroyed Raiders in the Play-off Final too. Despite leading early in the game, a resurgent Richmond stamped out the Raiders and stampeded to an 82-67 victory, in front of 1,700 travelling Plymouth fans at the Nynex Arena, in Manchester.[4] Though finishing as the Runner-up three times to Jaguars, it was still considered a hugely successful season, with player-coach Stronach collecting the Coach of the Month Award in November and new-signing Daniel Okonkwo picking up the Player of the Month award twice. Later that summer, Okonkwo was selected for Nigeria to compete in the World Championships in Greece.

The 1998-99 season brought a number of changes to the team with McGilvery leaving to sign for New Hampshire Thunder Loons in the USA, fellow American Ray Blackwell was signed as his replacement. Jimmy Smith also departed to Coventry, while Okonkwo was absent for much of the early campaign while he joined the Nigeria national team. As a temporary measure, Canadian Chris Webber was drafted in to fill Okonkwo’s void, but was soon snapped up by Leicester City Riders. Playcaller Gary Stronach, who since 1994 had occupied a player-coach role within the set-up, had opted to become the full-time Coach. For the third successive season Raiders were ousted from glory, losing 65-66 in the National Trophy Final to Teesside Mohawks, and controversially beaten to the league crown by surprise package Solent Stars. With both Raiders and Stars finishing the regular season on equal 21-5 records, the title was ultimately decided by a two point aggregate differential in the head-to-head between the two teams. The controversy arose in the final game between the two, which Solent were 99-88 winners, when a fan interrupted play by running onto the court. The referee incorrectly assuming that it was a Raiders bench player making the illegal intervention gave a technical foul against Coach Stronach and the subsequent two shots from the free throw line scored, became the deciding factor.[5] Raiders rallied a superb Play-off run and following the defeats of Cardiff Clippers, 111-101, and Guilford Pumas, 93-75, they edged out familiar foes Teesside in the Final at Guildford Spectrum, 71-66, securing the Play-off crown for the second time.[6]

More changes came during the summer of 1999, and after two very successful seasons, Daniel Okonkwo exited the team after accepting an offer to play in Lebanon for Al Sadaka. His void was filled by another import player, forward Michael Shantz from Hamilton College, and was joined with Brits Dean Williams and Jamie Burchell, as well as local talent Gavin Love, who had progressed through the Raiders’ development programme. The campaign didn’t match up to the previous trophy hauls of recent years and due to a number of factors, the team slumped to a 4th place finish, Raiders’ lowest finish in five years. Accepting an invitation to compete in the Uniball Trophy with the elite teams of the BBL added to an already congested schedule and regular beatings from Brighton, Sheffield and Chester Jets did little to help morale, and saw Raiders finish 0-6 in Group D. Long-term injuries to rookie Gavin Love as well as Jamie Loveridge further hampered the team and forced Coach Stronach to recruit Canadian-Greek Nick Chatzinikolis from Brighton in December to fill the gaps. Raiders’ defence of their Play-off crown was weak and they fell at the first hurdle, losing 59-78 to Sutton Pumas in the Quarter-final at the Pavilions.

The 2000-2001 season saw Stronach recruit arguable the strongest roster the franchise had ever seen, bringing in Todd Cetnar and Terrence Durham, two American imports straight out of Albany and St. Bonaventure University’s respectively. The addition of local players Roderick Wellington, Deng Deng (brother of Luol Deng), Canadian Peter Knechtel and Welsh international Nathan Hayes, bolstered an impressive roster and with eight straight victories to open the season, the Raiders were on course to claim the newly rebranded NBL Conference title. The first defeat of the campaign came in the Trophy Semi-final to a Worthing Thunder team that inflicted two further defeats upon Plymouth throughout the season and matched the Raiders all the way in the hunt for silverware. However it was Raiders who came out on top with a 19-2 record and the Conference crown for the first time in the franchise’s history. The season was completed with an excellent run in the Play-offs sweeping aside Sutton (98-68) and Manchester Magic (162-155 over two games), before commanding an 83-77 defeat on Worthing at Wembley Arena and claiming the Championship double.[7]

Though the nucleus of the Double-winning team was kept, the summer of 2001 saw the departures of influential Centre Terrence Durham to Portugal’s Sampaense as well as Pete Knechtel to Teesside, and the addition’s of Power-forward Drew Samuels and Myron Riley, a standout at local college, Marjon. The lack of size due to Durham’s exit was a factor in Raiders mixed start to the campaign, but a place in the Trophy Semi-final was attained only to be faced with familiar foes Worthing, who took the clash with a 109-103 victory. Just four defeats were recorded in the league but Raiders accepted second place as Teesside, with former Plymouth star Knetchel, conquered the Conference and took the title. The newly formatted Play-offs also ended in disappointment with a defeat in the Final Fours Semi-final to Solent Stars, 89-109 at the SkyDome Arena. The announcement of a sponsorship deal with Plymouth-based sports bar Kularoos brought in extra finance allowing more changes to the roster for the 2002-2003 season. Todd Cetnar returned to the USA for tryouts with Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, before signing with Adirondack Wildcats, while Raiders reinforced with Tennessee Tech forward DeAntoine Beasley and NBA draft prospect Inyo Cue.[8] The season was very much a repeat of the previous campaign, with a Trophy Semi-final exit to Worthing (108-105 in overtime) and four league defeats meant Raiders finished second to Teesside again. The Play-offs were equally as unsuccessful and after an overtime win against Sutton in the Quarter-final, Raiders were expelled by Reading Rockets, losing the two game series by 3 points.

After two seasons in Portugal, Terrence Durham’s return was the only adjustment in a largely unchanged roster for the 2003-2004 season which saw the club accept an invitation to appear in the BBL Trophy for a second time, adding to a tough schedule including the league (now reverted to EBL Division 1), the National Trophy and the National Cup, which for the first time in history didn’t feature any BBL teams. Progress though the National Cup provided interest early in the season, and the Final was reached with Teesside Mohawks providing the opposition at the EIS Sheffield, however it was Raiders who walked away with the George Williams Trophy after a close 89-82 victory. The National Trophy was once more unattainable following a surprise defeat to Sutton in the Semi-final, but Raiders domination in the league secured another trophy, finishing first with just two defeats to London United and Reading, who finished in second place. The Play-off Final was reached again, but Raiders were unable to add a third title to the season's haul as Teesside, exacting their National Cup defeat revenge, came out on top with an 80-75 win.

2004-2010: The BBL years[edit]

Having firmly established themselves as the dominant force in Division 1, the Plymouth board sought new challenges for the team and to expand the Raiders brand and during the summer of 2004 announced that they had been admitted into the top-tier BBL.[9]

A largely untweeked roster entered the 2006-07 season, with the signing of Mark Woodhouse from Iceland the only notable difference. The opening weekend saw two defeats to Guildford and Leicester Riders, but a four-game winning streak brought the season, and new aspirations, to life and by December Raiders found themselves top of the BBL for the first time in franchise history[10] and greater success was to come in the BBL Trophy. Having topped a group that included Guildford, Worthing and Reading, Raiders swept aside Leicester, 83-64, at the Pavilions to progress to the Final, another first for the club. The Final was hosted by Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on 4 March 2007, and coincidentally the opponents were Newcastle Eagles who had won all four BBL trophies during the previous season and in the week before the Final defeated Raiders 99-75 in the league.[11] Against all odds, Plymouth outmuscled and outclassed the hosts on the way to a historic 65-74 victory, just three years after making the jump from the EBL. Scoring a game-high 25 points and claiming 12 rebounds, Carlton Aaron was named as the game’s MVP, adding to his November Player of the Month award.[12][13]

In the league, Raiders constantly held a Play-off position for the majority of the season and though qualifying with ease, just missed out on home advantage with a 5th place finish. A journey into uncharted territory awaited the Plymouth team appearing in their first BBL Play-offs, however it was also a long journey to face opponents Scottish Rocks, as the league’s most Southern and Northern teams met in the one-off clash. A dream first appearance to the Finals Weekend for Raiders was dashed by a 6-point defeat, 83-77, but a huge worry was an in-game injury to captain Gavin Love’s Achilles tendon, which subsequently forced the Point Guard to miss a call-up to the Great Britain national team.[14] At the end of season awards, Raiders “big-man” Aaron was named in the All-Star first team and 4th in the MVP ballot, finishing the season on 17 points-per-game, 12.4 rebounds-per-game and a field goal scoring average of 59%. On 1 May, the Raiders development programme was awarded with the prestigious Club Mark accolade by Sport England and England Basketball.[15]

With such an excellent season under his belt, star man Carlton Aaron departed the team during the close-season, trying out for teams in South Korea, before eventually signing for a Guildford side preparing for their first appearance in Europe’s ULEB Cup.[16]

After committing over two decades of service to the Raiders, Coach Stronach was presented by the BBC with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in November, honouring the success he has brought to Plymouth.[17] In March they travelled to leaders Newcastle, having won their previous seven league games.[18] They faced Newcastle in the 3rd place game on 4 May 2008, and though losing 54-33 at half-time, edged out their opponents in a tight 96-92 victory taking 3rd place, the best league position in the club's history.[19] With an average of 19 points-per-game, Plymouth’s top scorer Andrew Lasker was named in the All-Star team for the 2007-08 season .[20] After being declined by Newcastle and Guildford - who both finished above Plymouth in the league - FIBA approached Raiders with an invitation to compete in the EuroChallenge for the 2008-09 season, which Raiders also duly declined.[21]

After six years of sponsorship from Kularoos, the Raiders board announced during the summer of 2008 a major new deal had been reached with Plymouth-based chewing gum giant Wrigley’s Airwaves, reportedly “one of the biggest in basketball history”.[22][23] The extra funds brought in allowed for a bigger budget in terms of recruiting, and within days the signing of Kwbana Beckles was publicised. Beckles came with plenty of pedigree having appeared in Sweden, Switzerland, Israel and spells for NBA teams Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors.[24][25] Veteran player DeAntoine Beasley took up the new dual role as player/assistant coach, declining a coaching job in the USA[26] while captain Gavin Love, who missed much of the previous season through injury signed a new one-year contract.[27]

In October, the team was boosted with the visit of a FIBA inspection team that approved the use of the Pavilions for European competition matches, providing a top-two finish is achieved in the Championship.[28] In the BBL Cup the Raiders won a two-game Semi-final series against Guildford to reach only their second BBL Final.[29] Their final opponents were Everton Tigers who recorded a 103-49 victor over Plymouth at the National Indoor Arena.[30][31] At the end of January Coach Stronach announced the signing of Gerald Robinson, an American with a Dutch passport, from Spanish team Oviedo.[32] A week later, Gavin Love announced he was to retire from playing after 13 years with the Raiders, citing multiple injuries as the reason. In honour of his services to the club, his number six jersey was to be retired at a ceremony on 14 February 2009 prior to a game with Guildford.[33] Israeli Point Guard Haggai Hundert was drafted in from Slovenia to fill the void left by Love.[34] The franchise expanded on its ambitions to play in Europe with the announcement on 16 March, of a co-operation deal with Spanish giants Unicaja Málaga; the alliance will see Raiders coaches going to Spain to gain experience and young players coming to Plymouth to improve their English and education.[35] A 96-73 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Sharks saw injuries to Andrew Lasker, Anthony Martin and Terrence Durham.[36] In April 2009 it was announced that Andrew Lasker had made the team of the season.[37]

In summer 2009 Stronach revealed that the player’s budget had been cut by 60-65% for the coming season, citing the economic climate and a lack of sponsorship as the main reasons for the cuts.[38] In June 2009 Allister Gall was named the new captain.[39] In July 2009 James Noel extended his contract.[40] The summer saw the unveiling of a restructured development programme following a merger of Raiders development team with local club Plymouth Marjon Cannons, headed by former Cannons coach George Hatchell.[41]

Eric Flato, a recent graduate of Yale University, was signed in July 2009,[42] and the news was soon followed by the capture of Terry Horton, another American, who was brought in from Germany.[43] In October 2009 Anthony Martin was re-signed following a brief spell at Worcester, having departed the Raiders just months earlier.[44] Former Raiders development talent Anthony Rowe signed on a one month deal in November.[45] Plato picked up a serious injury in November and subsequently left the club.[46] His replacement was another familiar face in Drew Lasker, the team’s top-scorer for the past four seasons, who was one of many to leave Raiders during the summer.[47] He marked his return in a 69-84 loss to Everton on December 5.[48]

Rooted to the bottom of the league standings, Raiders managed to turn things around with a 71-78 away victory at Guildford, ending their eight-game losing streak, continuing the momentum into the new year and chalking-up a shock away win at Everton Tigers 74-87. In February it was announced that James Noel was released from his contract, due to a series of long-term injuries, allowing the team's bench players more opportunity.[49] Form started to improve throughout the Spring, but a double loss to Glasgow and Worthing at the beginning of April ended any hopes of qualifying for the Play-offs with fives games left of the regular season.[50] Two weeks later it was announced by the club that after 24 years of service Gary Stronach was to step down as head coach at the end of the season.[51] Coming as a shock to many fans, Stronach cited the reason for his departure was that "it's time for me to move on, broaden the horizon and see what's out there."[52]

2010-present: Life after Stronach[edit]

The club started preparations for the new season immediately and ushered in the new era post-Stronach with the appointment of former player and team captain Gavin Love as the new head coach of the Raiders' first team, stepping up from his previous position of Stronach's assistant coach.[53][54] Love's first signing as head coach came in the form of dual-national American Guard Cody Toppert from Germany.[55] His wife Brittany, a professional football player and United States international, followed him to Plymouth and signed for local team Plymouth Argyle Ladies.[56] Love continued to build the new-look Raiders roster with the signings of England international Taner Adu from Essex Pirates[57] and American import players Otis Polk and Brian McKenzie, straight out of college.[58] British youngsters Matt Guymon and Sam Cricelli were also drafted in soon after[59][60] however England international Guymon left within weeks of the season opener for personal reasons.[61] With the announced returns of Marriott, Czynienik and Anthony Rowe from the previous season the roster was starting to take shape, but Love was dealt a further blow when fan-favourite Allister Gall announced he would not be renewing his contract for the upcoming campaign.[62]

Home arenas[edit]

Mayflower Centre (1983-1996)
Plymouth Pavilions (1996-present)
  • During the 1991-1992 period, Raiders temporarily played at other venues such as the China Fleet Club, Ivybridge Community College, John Kitto Centre and Torbay Leisure Centre.

Season-by-season records[edit]

[citation needed]

Season Div. Pos. Pld. W L Pts. Play Offs Trophy Cup
Plymouth Panasonic
1979–1980 NBL 2 7th 14 3 11 6 DNQ Semi-final 1st Round
Plymouth Raiders
1983–1984 NBL 2 10th 24 6 18 12 DNQ Quarter-final 1st Round
1984–1985 NBL 2 8th 22 9 13 18 DNQ Semi-final 2nd Round
1985–1986 NBL 2 8th 22 11 11 22 DNQ Runner-up 2nd Round
1986–1987 NBL 2 8th 18 4 14 8 DNQ Quarter-final 2nd Round
1987–1988 NBL 1 4th 18 12 6 24 Quarter-final Quarter-final 2nd Round
1988–1989 NBL 1 6th 20 10 10 20 Quarter-final Quarter-final 2nd Round
1989–1990 NBL 1 9th 22 8 14 16 DNQ - -
1990–1991 NBL 1 10th 18 4 14 8 DNQ - -
1991–1992 NBL 1 6th 22 13 9 26 Semi-final - -
1992–1993 NBL 1 9th 22 9 13 18 DNQ - -
1993–1994 NBL 1 10th 18 3 15 6 DNQ Runner-up -
1994–1995 NBL 1 9th 22 7 15 14 DNQ - -
1995–1996 NBL 1 10th 22 7 15 14 DNQ - -
1996–1997 NBL 1 2nd 26 19 7 38 Winners Runner-up -
1997–1998 NBL 1 2nd 22 19 3 38 Runner-up Runner-up -
1998–1999 NBL 1 2nd 26 21 5 42 Winners Runner-up -
1999–2000 NBL 1 4th 24 16 8 32 Quarter-fina 2nd Round -
2000–2001 NBL Conf. 1st 21 19 2 38 Winners Semi-final -
2001–2002 NBL Conf. 2nd 18 14 4 28 Semi-final Semi-final -
2002–2003 NBL Conf. 2nd 22 18 4 36 Semi-final Semi-final -
2003–2004 EBL 1 1st 22 20 2 40 Runner-up Semi-final Winners
2004–2005 BBL 9th 40 12 28 24 DNQ 1st Round Quarter-final
2005–2006 BBL 9th 40 16 24 32 DNQ 1st Round 1st Round
2006–2007 BBL 5th 36 20 16 40 Quarter-final Winners Quarter-final
2007–2008 BBL 3rd 33 24 9 48 Semi-final 1st round 1st round
2008–2009 BBL 5th 33 20 13 40 Semi-final Semi-final Runner-up
2009–2010 BBL 10th 36 11 25 22 DNQ 1st Round Quarter-final
2010–2011 BBL 5th 33 19 14 38 Quarter-final 1st Round Quarter-final
2011–2012 BBL 4th 30 21 9 42 Quarter-final Runner-up Runner-up
2012–2013 BBL 6th 33 19 14 38 Semi-final 1st Round Semi-final

Notes:

  • From 2000-2003 the NBL Conference operated as the second tier league, ahead of Division One.
  • In 2003 the NBL was replaced by the EBL, which reinstated Division One as the second tier.
  • In 2004 Plymouth stepped up to the fully professional BBL, the country's top tier league.
  • DNQ denotes Did Not Qualify.

Trophies[edit]

[citation needed]

League[edit]

  • NBL Conference Winners: 2000/01 1
  • EBL Division One Winners: 2003/04 1
  • NBL Division One Runners Up: 1996/97, 1997/98 & 1998/99 3
  • NBL Conference Runners Up: 2001/02, & 2002/03 2

Playoffs[edit]

  • NBL Division One Play Off Winners: 1996/97, & 1998/99 2
  • NBL Conference Play Off Winners: 2000/01 1
  • EBL Division One Play Off Runners Up: 2003/04 1

Trophy[edit]

  • National Trophy Runners Up: 1985/86, 1993/94, 1996/97, 1997/98 & 1998/99 5
  • BBL Trophy Winners: 2006/07 1
  • BBL Trophy Runners Up: 2011/12 1

Cup[edit]

  • National Cup Winners: 2003/04 1
  • BBL Cup Winners' Cup Runners Up: 2007/08 1
  • BBL Cup Runners Up: 2011/2012 1

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

The following information is established according to the official websites of the team (www.plymouthraiders.com) and Britain's top professional league, the BBL (www.bbl.org.uk).


Plymouth Raiders roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 4 Australia United Kingdom Wilcher, Josh 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
F 5 United States Netherlands Robinson, Gerald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
G/F 7 United Kingdom Sayers, Louis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
G 8 Belgium Jones, Justin 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
C 9 Republic of Ireland Carr, Jason 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
PG 10 United Kingdom Peard, Ryan 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
C 11 United States Medlock, DeAndre 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
F 15 Canada United Kingdom Douse, Kris 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
G 20 United States Benson, Brent 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
F 21 United Kingdom George, Nick 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
G/F 22 United Kingdom Hopkins, Emile 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
F 30 United States Evans, David 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Head coach
  • United Kingdom Jay Marriott
Assistant coach(es)
  • United States David Evans

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 28th September 2014

Notable former players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

[citation needed]

As of October 2011

Name From To Regular Season Play-offs Notes
W L W L
United Kingdom Bob Karruck 1983 1993 86 126 2 3 Retired in 1993
United States Vic Flemming 1993 1994 3 15 0 0
United Kingdom Gary Stronach 1994 2010 252 155 19 9 Player/coach until 1998
United Kingdom Gavin Love 2010 2013 59 37 3 5

See also[edit]

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