- National Teams
The EBL Division 1 playoffs (quarter finals), tipped off this weekend with it being a case of win or go home. Stakes are high, with every team wanting to make it through to the Final Fours weekend at the end of April in Manchester.
Derby Trailblazers vs Taunton Tigers
Top seed Derby won 87-73 to dispatch of Taunton comfortably. Matthew Shaw led all scorers with 28 points and 8 assists, backed up by a double double of 16 points and 11 rebounds from David Attewell, whilst Chris Page had 21 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort. See the FIBA Live Stats.
Leeds Carnegie vs London Mets
London Mets upset Leeds Carnegie with a 92-81 victory on Saturday, making Leeds the only higher seed to lose over the weekend. Still awaiting leading scorers to go up on EB, but on Whatsbev, it has been said head coach Sol Ayinla, and guards Jeffrey Danchie and Arturo Noha were all excellent for Mets whilst Adrian Fenyn played well in the losing effort for Leeds.
Bristol Academy Flyers vs Leicester Warriors
The Bristol Academy Flyers got an 87-78 win over the Leicester Warriors to advance. McLaughlin-Williams had 19, backed up by Greg Streete’s 18. Reynoso led the Warriors with 17.
Manchester Magic vs Reading Rockets
The Manchester Magic recorded a 13 point victory, 83-70 over the Reading Rockets at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, Manchester. Stefan Gill continued his impressive offensive season with 25 points, whilst American Brandon Kimbrough had an impressive 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the home team. Sayers had 13 to lead the Rockets. See the FIBA Live Stats.
That sets up the Final fours, to be held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April at the Amaechi Centre like this
Derby Trailblazers vs Bristol Academy Flyers
Manchester Magic vs London Mets
This should be a top class day of British basketball action not to be missed (though saying that I have to miss it due to a family thing..gutted). You can buy your tickets (and see the full schedule) at the England Basketball Store.
Who’s your money on in Manchester? Will Derby win both the regular season and the ‘real’ title? Or will lower seed London Mets prove the regular season doesn’t matter?