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BBL Trophy Winners 2007, Runners-up 2012
BBL Cup Runners-up 2009, 2012
Head-Coach: Jay Marriott (@coachmarriott)
Roster: Donald Robinson #4 (@HuMblE_AssAssIn); Shane Walker #5; Louis Sayers #7 (@LSayers1992); Andreas Schreiber #11 (@swedunk11); Gabe Haskins #15; Jarvis Jones #20 (@jayjones220); Ben Eaves #21; Garrius Holloman #23 (@GarriusH); Tom Woods
History: The Plymouth Pavilions has been home to the Raiders since 1996 and first played host to BBL level in 2004 when the club made the transition from the EBL. Plymouth will be starting their 10th season in the BBL in September and have progressed into one of the top teams in the league. It was in their third season when they announced themselves on the scene with a stunning victory over the Newcastle Eagles to win the BBL Trophy in 2007. The following season, saw the club record their highest league finish to date after a 24-9 record helped them to third in the league. Another final was reached in 2009 for Plymouth but it was one to forget this time as they were thrashed 103-49 by Everton Tigers in the BBL Cup. The Raiders then failed to reach the post-season the following season to end a run of three consecutive appearances and this was also the last season in the reign of long-serving coach Gary Stronach with former player Gavin Love replacing him. In the three seasons under Love, Plymouth have won 19+ games on each occasion whilst suffering two final defeats in 2011-12 after being beaten by Newcastle in both the Cup and Trophy competitions.
Summer Transactions: Swedish centre Andreas Schreiber was Love’s first signing of the summer after the player impressed in his brief spell with the club last season. The 26 year-old averaged 12.8 points per game along with 8.9 rebounds but his front-court partner in crime Matt Schneck is leaving the BBL after three seasons in the league to venture into another European league. Love’s next three signings were all recruited from BBL opposition as Donald Robinson, Ben Eaves and Gabe Haskins joined the Raiders from Glasgow, Manchester and Cheshire respectively. Robinson was a leading player in the league last season scoring over 500 points at an average of 15.2 while Haskins (14.9ppg/4.3 assists) and Eaves (12.2ppg/7.7 rebounds) also had credible seasons. Their fifth signing was English forward Shane Walker, who made an appearance in the EuroChallenge last year before moving to Holland to finish the season. American guard Jarvis Jones was next to join after an impressive season with East Tennessee State where the 23 year-old scored 400 points at an average of 16.0 ppg in his 5th season in the NCAA1. The final main signing for the Raiders was Garrius Holloman who made his professional debut in New Zealand. Following the dismissal of Gavin Love as coach, Jay Marriott took over the reigns and added Tom Woods to his squad, who’s spent the last few seasons in Italy before recruiting former GB under-20 international Louis Sayers from Hemel Storm.