🏀 London City Royals welcome Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks to the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for a London v Glasgow basketball showdown. Tip-off is 7.30pm and tickets are on sale.
London City Royals had an inaugural BBL season to remember, finishing fourth in the BBL Championship, runners-up in the Play-Off Final and winning the BBL Trophy. Not a bad haul!
London City Royals had a maiden season to remember in the British Basketball League (see below for an introduction to the BBL) defeating London Lions in the BBL Trophy final in Glasgow at the beginning of March. The Royals got their hands on a first piece of silverware after a nail-biting 90-82 win in overtime against their London rivals and have their sights set on benecos BBL Play-Off glory having finished the regular season in 4th place.
The Royals now have their sights set on going one step further winning the BBL Play-Off Finals at The O2.
Last season London City Royals saw off Glasgow Rocks in the quarter-finals of the play-offs so expect the Scottish team to be hunting revenge.
Previous meeting: XXX. Sheffield Sharks taking a tense 72-65 road win at Crystal Palace.
Ones to watch: BBL veteran and London City Royals captain Orlan Jackman has been instrumental in the Royals promising start to the season. No more so when captaining his team to to a 92-77 statement victory October in the derby match against London Lions. Jackman shooting 9-13 (69%) on his way to 23 points, with six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals.
🏀 Tip-off is at 7.30pm.
🎟️ Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🎟️ Tickets on the door subject to availability. Checking the London City Royals Twitter feed before travelling is recommended.
About the BBL: The British Basketball League (BBL) is the top men’s professional league in the UK. Running from September to May the primary competition is the BBL Championship in which all 12 BBL teams play each other three times over the course of the season. Leicester Riders are the current champions. At the end of the regular season the top eight teams in the BBL Championship progress to the BBL Championship Play-Offs. The BBL Championship is considered the primary competition and its winner the number one team that season.
There are two knock-out competitions that run alongside the BBL Championship. The BBL Trophy in which the BBL clubs are joined by guest clubs in a straight knockout competition culminating in the BBL Trophy Final and the BBL Cup which is a straight knock-out competition involving just the BBL clubs which culminates in the BBL Cup Final.
The top seven teams at the end of the current BBL season will also qualify for the British Basketball All-Stars Championship alongside defending champions Surrey Storm. Taking place on 13 October and featuring multiple 12-minute games, an All-Star 5-point line and Golden Buzzer Power Play the British Basketball All-Stars Championship is a non-stop afternoon of fast-paced basketball action now in its third year.
The BBL teams for season 2018/2019 are Bristol Flyers, Cheshire Phoenix, DBL Sharks Sheffield, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle, Leicester Riders, London City Royals, London Lions, Manchester Giants, Plymouth Raiders, Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks , Surrey Scorchers and Worcester Wolves.
(BBL information courtesy of the British Basketball League website).