- National Teams
The EBL Division 1 Men’s Final Fours tipped off yesterday, with the final four teams left standing in the country going up against each other for a place in the final at the Amaechi Centre in Manchester.
The day tipped off with league winners Derby Trailblazers getting a comfortable 79-65 win against Bristol Academy Flyers. The Trailblazers, playing with a chip on their shoulder after being knocked out of the Cup by Bristol in December, used a team effort to dispatch of Bristol with Martyn Gayle, Joel Madourie and Sam O’Shea all finishing with 16 (Madourie and O’Shea also added ten rebounds each), and Matt Shaw adding 15. Douglas McLaughlin Williams led Bristol with 15 whilst Tyrone Treasure joined him as the only other player in double figures with 10. You can read a full game recap here, and see the FIBA Live Stats here.
The next semi final saw Manchester Magic go up against London Mets. It was another case of a team seeking revenge as Manchester lost to London Mets in the Trophy final back in February, and it was revenge they got, coming out 74-52 winners with a 22 point rout. The Magic were led by an impressive all around game from American Brandon Kimborough who had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, whilst recently named player of the year Stefan Gill had 16, 7 assists and 5 steals. David TinTin Watts also added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 blocks. Dave Ajumobi led the Mets with 14 points and 9 rebounds, backed up by a strong game on the glass from JouJou Bola who had 16 rebounds (11 offensive) to go along with 6 points. Read the full game recap here and see the FIBA Live Stats here.
That sets up an EBL Men’s Division 1 Final between Derby Trailblazers and Manchester Magic to be played this afternoon at the Amaechi Centre. Derby Trailblazers will be looking for the double after already being crowned league winners, whilst Manchester Magic will be looking to break their runners up streak after losing six straight finals since 2008.
Who’s your money on today? Will Derby get the double, or will Manchester finally get some silverware to add to their cabinet?