- National Teams
Watch the live stream of Nottingham Hoods against Thames Valley Cavaliers in the NBL Division 2 Playoff Final from the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester (11am tip).
As the undoubted top two sides in NBL Division Two this season it’s a highly anticipated match-up.
After finishing last season 10-12, the Hoods began this season as a surprise package who gradually shifted to being the hottest team in the division. Winning the first 10 games of their campaign then helped to establish Nottingham as a genuine promotion candidate, a tag they lived up to as they claimed the regular season title with a 20-2 record. Coach Ryan Westley has the Midlands side playing some impressive basketball and the team has continued to go from strength to strength.
Despite Nottingham’s dominance of Division Two this season, the good news for Thames Valley is that they were one of the few teams to beat the Hoods this year. A 99-86 win in January ended Nottingham’s unbeaten start to the season as the Cavs marched on to an 18-4 record and 2nd place in the standings.
These sides did also meet in the semi-finals of the Patrons Cup, a D2 only competition, where Thames Valley won by the narrowest of margins after a hotly debated final call gave them an 86-85 win.