5 February, 2020

Teams confirm Elite 8s spots during action-packed weekend across domestic competitions

It was another busy weekend across British Wheelchair Basketball’s domestic competitions, with Junior League, University and National League fixtures all taking place.

Lord’s Taverners Junior League

The Lords Taverners’ Junior League resumed with three out of the four pools in action as teams continued their bid to reach April’s Elite 8s competitions.

In Pool A, Wakefield Whirlwinds ended the weekend unbeaten after securing two wins, including a brilliant 28-82 victory over Scottish Wizards, who were undefeated in Round 1.

Thomas Harvey scored 36 points to help catapult Whirlwinds to victory, while Ben Leitch scored 24 of Scottish Wizards’ 28 points.

Wakefield’s second victory of the day was much closer as they beat Tees Valley Titans 53-46, before Scottish Wizards secured victory over Tees Valley Titans to end Round 2 level on points with Wakefield in Pool A, triumphing 56-38.

CWBA remain undefeated in Pool C after two more victories in Round 2 to extend their 100 per cent winning record, confirming their place in Elite 8s. After beating South Wales Fletchlings 20-64, CWBA were back in action against The Bears, recording a 22-75 win.

The other fixture in Pool C proved to be a thriller as South Wales Fletchlings beat The Bears 50-47 to end Round 2 second in the table.

All three of the games hosted at London Titans in Pool D proved to be close, with the biggest winning margin being seven points.

London Titans secured their place in the Elite 8s finals with two wins from two games in Round 2. After beginning the second round of fixtures with a narrow 46-44 victory over Thames Valley Kings, Titans ended the day with a 46-39 victory over Aces to continue their unbeaten record.

Thames Valley Kings consolidated their second-place position in the table with a 43-36 win against Aces.

Competition page: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/lord-taverners-junior-league-2019-20/

University Championships

Defending champions Sheffield Hallam University remain the only unbeaten team in the University Championships this season after adding two more wins to their two victories from Round 1.

After beating the hosts University of Nottingham 16-51 in the opening game of Round 2, Sheffield Hallam were victorious again, beating University of Hull 25-58. The University of Nottingham claimed their first win of the season, thanks to a 32-16 victory over Hull in the pool’s other game.

In Pool B, Cardiff Met University secured their first wins of the season after victories over Brunel University and University of East London (UEL) in Round. Cardiff followed-up their 46-33 win over league leaders Brunel with a 63-44 triumph over UEL.

Brunel were victorious in the other Pool B game; beating UEL 29-39.

All six teams will play in March’s University Championship finals at the University of Nottingham, with the Pool stages determining each University’s seeding for the finals draw.

Competition page: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/university-championships-19-20/

National League

In the National League, Division 3 North leaders Vikings extended their lead at the top of the table, courtesy of a 50-40 against Jaguars 2. Lewis Craddock scored 16 points for Vikings, while Chris Hassell top-scored with 18 points for Jaguars.

London Titans 3 claimed their first win of the season as they beat Hampshire Harriers 26-43 in Division 2 South; with Colin Emmanuel top-scored with 23 points for London Titans.

There was a thrilling game between Manchester Giants Mavericks and North Wales Knights in Division 1 North with two three-pointers from Mavericks in the final 30 seconds forcing overtime.

Last weekend also marked the start of the National League Division 4 with Jaguars, Kingston Panthers and Leeds Rhinos all in action in Pool A.

Competition page: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/nl-premier-division-19-20/

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