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Watch the NBL Division 3 Playoff Final between Milton Keynes Breakers and UEL London Lions to tip off the Senior Playoff Finals weekend at the NBPC in Manchester.
In their first season as a club, Milton Keynes have achieved plenty. Taking the East Conference by storm, the Breakers went a perfect 18-0 across the regular season. Their +845 points difference gives an average margin of victory of nearly 47 points, displaying their dominance against all-comers this year.
A run to the semi-finals of the NBL National Cup was a real statement for the D3 side, only falling to still unbeaten D1M leaders Hemel Storm after beating fellow top-flight sides Bradford Dragons, Team Newcastle University and Manchester Magic.
Across league dominance and an impressive cup run, the Breakers have also tacked on three playoff wins to book a place at Manchester’s National Basketball Performance Centre.
A 97-61 victory over Kent Crusaders was followed up by a 107-70 win for the #1 seeds, and last weekend’s comfortable 99-56 success over another Welsh side, Cardiff Met Archers, put MK into the playoff final during their debut campaign.
American Dante Langley top scored in two of those post-season wins, whilst former-BBL man Jordan Spencer has dropped 74 points since the playoffs began.
It was no surprise to see both Spencer and head coach Billy Beddow selected as the East conference’s Player and Coach of the Year, further reinforcing the Breakers’ might heading into this weekend.
Still, if one team won’t be overawed by the task facing them, it’s UEL London Lions.
The London conference winners went 15-3 during the regular season, good for the #7 seed heading into the playoff.
That hasn’t stopped the Lions from manufacturing an impressive run to the final, beating University of Hertfordshire Storm 94-63 before road upsets against both #2 seeds Teesside Lions and #3 Cobham Cobras.
Like their opponents, UEL also enjoyed double delight in the D3 regular season awards, with standout Travis Edwards and coach Roberto Fois both earning recognition for their efforts.
Two conference winners have been putting on a show all season, but only one can end the season with one last victory. We’ll find out who once the final buzzer sounds.