Love and Gordon rewarded after stellar displays
Last Updated: 04/01/12 6:45am
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders head coach Gavin Love and Worcester Wolves star Richie Gordon have picked up the monthly awards in the BBL.
Raiders head coach Love has landed the Molten BBL Coach of the Month award for December, while Gordon has been handed the accolade of Molten BBL Player of the Month.
Love led his team to four victories from five games during the period and ensured Raiders punched their ticket for the BBL Cup final - to be held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on Sunday January 15.
The month began with the Raiders giving their BBL Championship title bid a real shot in the arm with a superb 84-62 home success against high-flying hopefuls Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.
It was then time for the all-important two-legged BBL Cup semi-final against Worcester Wolves and in the first game, Love and his players produced one of the best performances seen anywhere in the BBL all season.
Raiders were simply unstoppable as they trashed Wolves 111-83 on the road to put one foot firmly into the Final.
While they lost 24 hours later in the second leg at the Pavilions as a hurt Worcester team came out gunning for revenge and seeking to restore some pride, it made little difference to the hosts who set up a showpiece silverware showdown with Newcastle Eagles.
Love has really had his team firing on all cylinders and looking like contenders for trophies on all fronts of late.
Jeremy Bell and James Jones have stood out in the backcourt while the trio of Anthony Rowe, Lehmon Colbert and Paul Williams have been a real handful in the paint.
Continuing their good work, Raiders wrapped up a fine month with two comprehensive home victories in the BBL Championship against Glasgow Rocks and Mersey Tigers.
Wolves centre Gordon enjoyed a truly stellar December with some stunning contributions no better highlighted than by securing three consecutive appearances in our BBL Team Of The Week line-up.
This has subsequently catapulted him into the race to finish with the most appearances this season.
Gordon averaged a superb double-double through the period with 20.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game to help Wolves rack up more December wins than any other team in the league.
They maintained their tilt at the BBL Championship with six victories during the month and much of their success was due to the prolific production of Gordon who maintained his high level of performance across the eight games.
The Western Carolina graduate shot a field goal percentage of 56.36% and did a terrific job at both ends of the floor with a strong defensive effort helping him to a creditable 2.1 steals per game.
Saving his very best for his last performance of the month, Gordon recorded an eye-popping 29 points and 16 rebounds against Prestige Homes MK Lions which was by far the best display of any player during the final week of the calendar year.