- National Teams
The draws for the early rounds of the 2016-17 BBL Cup and BBL Trophy have been made after the BBL conducted a live stream on their Facebook page.
Dan Routeledge led proceedings with Leicester Riders’ Head Coach Rob Paternostro and Sheffield Sharks’ captain Mike Tuck on hand to pick out the balls to determine next season’s matchups.
Newcastle Eagles are the defending BBL Cup champions with Leicester the current holders of the BBL Trophy following their respective triumphs earlier this year.
The league’s top four teams from last season earned byes into the last eight stage of the BBL Cup and they await the outcomes of four first round ties between the rest of the BBL sides.
Bristol Flyers v Surrey Scorchers
Manchester Giants v Cheshire Phoenix
London Lions v Plymouth Raiders
Glasgow Rocks v Leeds Force
Leicester Riders v Lions/Raiders
Worcester Wolves v Flyers/Scorchers
Sheffield Sharks v Rocks/Force
Newcastle Eagles v Giants/Nix
Meanwhile, the BBL Trophy keeps the same format with four non-BBL teams invited to take part in the competition with NBL Division 1 sides Reading Rockets, Derby Trailblazers and Essex Leopards joined by Scottish champions Boroughmuir Blaze.
Those sides were all guaranteed home ties against BBL opposition with the four remaining games to be all-BBL encounters.
Reading Rockets v Bristol Flyers
Derby Trailblazers v Newcastle Eagles
Boroughmuir Blaze v Plymouth Raiders
Essex Leopards v Manchester Giants
Worcester Wolves v Sheffield Sharks
London Lions v Surrey Scorchers
Glasgow Rocks v Leicester Riders
Leeds Force v Cheshire Phoenix
Next season, both the BBL’s Cup & Trophy Finals as well as the Playoff Final will be accompanied by the WBBL equivalent at the Barclaycard Arena, Emirates Arena and The O2 Arena respectively.
BBL/WBBL Cup Final: 15 January 2017
BBL/WBBL Trophy Final: 19 March 2017
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