🏀 The 2022/2023 basketball season is heading for the business end with in-form London Lions on the hunt for domestic and European silverware at the Copper Box Arena. See below for the latest ticket information.
London Lions are having a campaign to remember heading towards April at the top of the BBL Championship and as the first British team in the 21-year history of the EuroCup to reach the play-offs. It promises to be a memorable finale to the season and if you’ve yet to experience London Lions at the Copper Box Arena now is the time to do it!
On the home front (see below for an introduction to the BBL) London Lions are in the number on spot and in prime position to win the BBL Championship and wrest the title from fierce rivals Leicester Riders. The two sides have already clashed for silverware this season with the Londoners securing a 79-71 win in the BBL Cup final at Utilita Arena in Birmingham.
London Lions have also been making waves in Europe as the first British Club for 15 years to take part in the prestigious EuroCup. And it’s so far so good for the Lions who are assured of a top-eight finish in their group and qualification for the play-offs.
Tip-offs for London Lions at the Copper Box Arena are 4pm for a Sunday game and 7.30pm for a midweek game.
ONES TO WATCH: London Lions roster is stacked this season after the blockbuster additions of former NBA players Sam Dekker and Kosta Koufos, along with Team GB star Luke Nelson. All three are playing a crucial role in the Lions success so far in 2023.
TICKETS & TRAVEL
🎟️ Tickets are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: Public transport is recommended. The nearest railway stations are Hackney Wick overground and Stratford International station (latter accessible from London St Pancras) both approximately a 10-minute walk. Stratford (with links to the underground and DLR) station is about a 15-minute walk. Plan your journey at the Transport for London website. Limited parking is available at the Copper Box Arena, however parking is available at the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre.
🏀 About the BBL:
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 the 10 BBL teams all play each other four times (2H, 2A), playing 36 games across a 28-week season to determine the top men’s team in British basketball. The defending champions are Leicester Riders who captured their sixth title in April 2022.
At the end of the regular campaign the top eight teams in the BBL Championship progress to the BBL Championship Play-offs. The teams play each other home and away in the quarter-final round with the winners decided on aggregate scores over the two legs. The semi-finals are also over two legs with the winners progressing to the final at The O2 in London. The current title holders are Leicester Riders who defeated London Lions 78-75 in the 2021/2022 final.
The BBL Championship is considered the primary competition and its winner the number one team that season.
The BBL teams for season 2022/2023 are Bristol Flyers, Cheshire Phoenix, Caledonia Gladiators, Leicester Riders, London Lions, Manchester Giants, Newcastle Eagles, Plymouth City Patriots, Sheffield Sharks and Surrey Scorchers.
(BBL information courtesy of the British Basketball League website).