Ben Thomas has been handed the Molten Kevin Cadle Coach of the Month award for April after safely guiding Cheshire Phoenix into the benecos BBL Play-Offs.

The north-west side had been far from certainties to punch their ticket after being defeated in their first two games of the period against Riders and Rocks respectively.

But, as the pressure mounted, Thomas then masterminded four straight victories to make it to the post-season - including two road wins in the capital.

Phoenix won the north-west derby in handsome fashion with a 102-80 triumph against Manchester Giants and then inflicted a rare loss on recently crowned BBL Championship winners London Lions via a fine 84-88 win at the Copper Box.

A few days later, Cheshire headed south of the Thames to collect an eye-catching 93-99 success at the London City Royals, prior to wrapping up their Regular Season campaign with a commanding 100-83 victory against Worcester Wolves.

Thomas fought off strong competition from Rob Paternostro of Leicester Riders and Vince Macaulay of London Lions to land the accolade.