Plymouth City Patriots beat Newcastle Eagles to final spot in BBL playoffs -

Plymouth City Patriots beat Newcastle Eagles to final spot in BBL playoffs

Plymouth City Patriots defeated Newcastle Eagles on the final day of the regular season to clinch the final spot in the BBL playoffs.

Paul James’ side secured an 80-72 victory to eliminate the reigning playoffs champions as they capped a remarkable turnaround to their league campaign having started with an 0-8 record before winning six of their next seven at the start of 2022.

They will now take on the league winners Leicester Riders, who finished the regular season with an impressive 25-2 record as they now chase another treble having won the Cup title in January, also.

Bristol Flyers achieved a top-four finish for the first time since joining the BBL and they will face Cup runners-up Manchester Giants as they were beaten on the final day by London Lions, who claimed third spot with the road win.

Sheffield Sharks were distant runners-up as they locked up the second seed with a 17-10 record as they face an intriguing two-legged tie with Glasgow Rocks, while Trophy winners Cheshire Phoenix are set for a final repeat with the Lions.

Newcastle missed the playoffs for the first time in 22 seasons, while Surrey Scorchers only managed to pick up two wins over the course of 27 games in the regular season.

Final standings: Riders 25-2; Sharks 17-10; Lions 16-11; Flyers 14-13; Giants 14-13; Phoenix 13-14; Rocks 12-15; Patriots 12-15; Eagles 10-17; Scorchers 2-25

The quarter-finals in full:

Leicester Riders [1] v Plymouth City Patriots [8]

First leg: Apr 29, 7pm – Plymouth Pavilions
Second leg: May 1, 4pm – Morningside Arena

Sheffield Sharks [2] v Glasgow Rocks [7]

First leg: Apr 29, 7:30pm – Emirates Arena
Second leg: May 1, 4pm – Ponds Forge – SKY SPORTS

London Lions [3] v Cheshire Phoenix [6]

First leg: Apr 29, 7:30pm – Copper Box Arena
Second leg: May 1, 6:30pm – EPSV

Bristol Flyers [4] v Manchester Giants [5]

First leg: Apr 28, 7:30pm – NBPC
Second leg: Apr 30, 7:30pm – SGS Wise

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