Nottingham Hoods are NBL Division 2 champions after the league title was wrapped up with two games to spare over the weekend.
The Hoods defeated London Westside 86-96 on the road before following it up with a convincing 83-59 success against Sussex Bears with the title clinched on Saturday night as other results went their way with the club also earning promotion to Division 1.
“This is a huge moment for the club,” declared captain, Bruce Lauder. “To finally get a league title having been runners-up twice is massive and we will now be entering Division 1 as champions and that feels pretty special.
“Coach Westley has been immense this year and really got the troops working hard and well together. We have a great group of individual players, but more importantly we have a fantastic team.”
General Manager, Lee English added: “What can I say, I’m buzzing, this has been an awesome season for us. Under-12s won the mini league, Under-16s are tied top, Under-18s are league champions and now a second National Championship for the men.
“Huge thanks to everyone that helps me behind the scenes to make this club as successful as it is. We are a family run club and we want everyone that is a part of it, players, coaches, fans to feel part of that family. Just look at the number of kids here watching today, that’s what we want.”
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Delaney Powell netted 24 points, whilst adding 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the road win in London with Tevis Robinson and David Watts adding 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Nottingham had a five-point lead at the half before breaking away in the third to take a 57-69 advantage into the final period. The hosts managed to edge the fourth, but it was a double-digit victory for the Hoods to start their weekend title bid.
A last-gasp victory for Derbyshire Arrows over Thames Valley Cavaliers wrapped up the league title for Nottingham ahead of the second part of their weekend double-header.
The Hoods put on a show in front of their home fans with the title safely secured as Robinson starred with 28 points to lead his side to a dominant win over Sussex.
Nottingham finish their regular season away against Westminster Warriors as they look to close on a 21-1 record ahead of the playoffs.
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