Basketball Alumni Play In British Basketball League Playoff Finals

May 9, 2016

LONDON - Loyola University Maryland men's basketball alumni Michael Tuck and Shane Walker, along with former women's basketball player, Siobhan Prior, recently played in both the men's and women's British Basketball League Playoff Finals at The O2 Arena in the United Kingdom.

Tuck, who has played seven seasons for the Sheffield Sharks, was named the Finals MVP after guiding his team to an 84-77 victory over Walker and the Leicester Riders.

Tuck recorded 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists to help the Sharks come from behind and win the Playoff Final.

Walker's team put together a 10-0 run to close the third quarter with their largest lead of the game, 66-59, but Tuck halted a six-minute drought for Sheffield and put the Sharks back on the scoreboard.

Sheffield used its own run, 14-0, to keep Walker and Leicester scoreless for more than five minutes in the final quarter and come from behind to win the contest.

Tuck graduated from Loyola in 2008 and totaled 995 career-points. During his career, he knocked down 392 field goals, while his 0.598 field goal percentage from 2006-07, is the highest of any individual player in a single year. Tucks finished his career ranks 11th on the all-time rebounds list, grabbing 616 during his time on the Evergreen Campus.

Walker, who graduated from Loyola in 2012, helped lead the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. He finished his career ranked second on the all-time blocked shots list with 135. His 604 career rebounds are 12th most in program history, and his 6.63 rebound per game rank 11th.

Following the men's matchup in London, Prior took to the hardwood as her hometown Nottingham Wildcats fell to Northumbria, 75-68.

Prior closed out the first quarter with five points to give the Wildcats an 18-14 advantage. Her team continued to knock down shots in the following frame, as Nottingham used a 12-2 run hold the largest lead of the contest, 38-25, in the second quarter.

Northumbria pulled within one at the start of the third quarter and used its success from the charity stripe to ultimately top Prior's Wildcats in the final two minutes of the contest.

The Nottingham, England, native graduated from Loyola in 2009 with a degree in theology. In her senior season, Prior knocked down 55 treys to become the Greyhound with the most made 3-pointers in a single year. She is ranked sixth in both career, 3-point field goals made (102) and 3-point field goal percentage (0.322).

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