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London Lions welcome Plymouth Raiders to their temporary home at UEL SportsDock with the home side looking for a win to take them closer to the BBL Championship title.  Tip-off is 7.30pm and tickets are available.

It’s so far so good London Lions this season.  Already the Lions have lifted silverware overcoming Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Cup Final at Arena Birmingham, a first BBL Cup victory for the Londoners since 2008.  Since that match in January the Lions have gone from strength to strength in the league to currently sit top of the BBL Championship, their most recent outing a comfortable 93-70 win over Surrey Scorchers at the weekend.

The Lions are getting tantalisingly close to securing a BBL Championship title however but won’t be taking tonight’s opponents Plymouth Raiders lightly.  The side from the south coast are currently seventh in the table and in a fierce struggle with a cluster of teams to hang onto a top-eight finish and with it a place in the end of season play-offs.

Previous meeting: 17 March – London Lions securing an impressive 93-67 road win at Plymouth Pavillions.

Ones to watch: London Lions’ Ladarius Tabb – the star man for Lions in their recent defeat of high-flying Newcastle Eagles was once again among the points at the weekend in the victory over Surrey Scorchers.  Likewise Justin Robinson the reigning league MVP has been hugely influential for the Lions as they strive for the BBL league title.

Tip-off is at 7.30pm.

Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.

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).