Event Details

London City Royals welcome Plymouth Raiders to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for a showdown between two teams anxious for points to secure a place in the end of season BBL Play-Offs.  Tip-off is 7.30pm and tickets are available.

London City RoyalsLondon City Royals have already 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 now have their sights set on top-four finish in the lead up to the end of season play-offs.

The Royals superb home record stayed in tact last weekend when they beat a Worcester Wolves side who had only had 24 hours rest after engaging in the highest scoring game in BBL history against Surrey Storm, Royals eventually running out 152-150 winners in a quadruple overtime success.  For their part tonight’s opponents Plymouth Raiders should arrive fresh following their trip up from the south coast.  Currently lying in equal seventh place in the table Raiders are in a scrap with Bristol Flyers and Manchester Giants for the final place that will qualify for the play-offs come the end of the season.  Something London City Royals could be dragged into if they don’t win today.

Previous meeting: Royals 102-93 Raiders (BBL Championship encounter, March 2019)

Season Head-to-head: Royals 1-1 Raiders

Ones to watch: Matthew Bryan-Amaning (main picture) has been a real driving force for London City Royals in their first season in the top tier of UK club rugby.  And Captain Orlan Jackman was the Royals hero in their aformentioned match against Worcester Wolves leading the way with 18 points, shooting 66% from the field and securing 10 rebounds to complete a double-double.

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).