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(M) London Lions v Leicester Riders/Turk Telekom Ankara

🏀 A huge four days for London Lions at the Copper Box Arena sees them take on Leicester Riders in the BBL Championship (Sunday 3 March) followed by Turk Telekom in the EuroCup Play-Offs (Wednesday 6 March).

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London Lions had a 2022/2023 season to remember finishing top of the BBL Championship table at the end of the regular season before going on to defeat Leicester Riders 88-80 in the Play-Off Finals at The O2.  The Lions had already won the BBL Cup final – once again defeating Leicester – to bring up a magnificent domestic treble.  Now the 2023/2024 season is reaching the business end – get your London Lions tickets now to see the action live at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park!

It’s been so far so good into the new domestic campaign for London Lions who are top of the BBL table on 52 points courtesy of an superb record of 26 wins from 29 matches.  And they are making similar waves in Europe, through to the knockout stages of the EuroCup.

On Sunday 3 March the Lions meet Leicester Riders who they beat in last season’s BBL play-off finals.  The Riders are having a poor season by their standards but have plenty to play for on their visit to the capital.  Currently fourth in the BBL table, just behind Caledonia Gladiators and Cheshire Phoenix and with Newcastle Eagles snapping at their heels, the Leicester side need a victory to maximise their chances of a favourable draw in the play-off quarter-finals.  The match is part of a double-header featuring London Lions Women against Durham Palatinates in the WBBL. 

Four days later, on Wednesday 6 March, attention turns to the EuroCup Play-Offs.  The Lions welcome Turkish side Telekom Ankara to the Copper Box Arena for an eagerly anticipated clash.  A packed house and passionate atmosphere is incoming!  The prize for the winner is a place in the EuroCup quarter-finals. 

DOMESTIC & EUROPEAN ACTION

A big nine months of action for the Lions includes domestic and European competition.  Last season they were the first British team in the 21-year history of the EuroCup to reach the play-offs and now they are back for more.

An annual professional basketball club competition organised by EuroLeague Basketball, EuroCup features 20 teams participating in two groups of ten.  They play each other home and away, with 16 teams (the top-eight in each group) progressing to the play-offs. 

London Lions men finished third in the Group A table.  The Lions were brilliant in parts and featured in some memorable matches.  Including an extraordinary game against leaders Paris Basketball which went to double overtime.  The French side finally prevailing 106-102 in a match played in front of London Lions’ the biggest crowd ever at the Copper Box.  The Lions then reeled off five straight wins and were very unlucky not to make it six against against Veolia Towers Hamburg. 

Another thrilling game featured a last-gasp 89-88 win over Ukraine’s Prometey Slobozhanske.  Sam Dekker landing the all-important basket as the Lions turned the match around in the last minute to send the Copper Box Arena crowd into raptures.  Now the Lions are into the Play-Offs where they meet Turkey’s Telekom Ankara in Round 1 of the knockout stages at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Wednesday 6 March.  Whoever wins goes through to the last-eight.

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ONES TO WATCH

In a team packed with star performers London Lions No.7 Sam Dekker (pictured below) has stood out with a series of MVP (most valuable player) performances since becoming a Lions player.  Dekker joined the Lions in the summer of 2022 having previously been a first round NBA Draft pick of the Houston Rockets.  The 6’9″ Wisconsin native forward has also played over 200 NBA games featuring for the LA Clippers and Washington Wizards.

Such was Dekker’s imperious form he won the Molten BBL Player of the Year award.  This followed a vote from BBL head coaches and captains where he was near-unanimously among their top three picks.  And first for two-thirds of eligible voters.

Dekker has recently returned from injury and in the meantime new player Matt Morgan has made an immediate impact for the Lions this season with some world-class performances.  Morgan has lead the way in the scoring charts and his free-throw numbers have made him almost impossible to guard.  On current form he is one of the most dangerous players in the league.  

Luke Nelson was also a key player for the Lions last season, named in the Molten BBL All-British Team of the Year.  A Great Britain stalwart Nelson has continued where he left off dictating the Lions offence as the team has maintained their unbeaten run in the BBL. 

LONDON LIONS TICKETS, TIMINGS & TRAVEL INFO

🎟️ London Lions tickets are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.   

🏀 BBL: Tip-off for London Lions v Leicester Riders on Sunday 3 March is at 3pm.   

🏀 BBL: Tip-off for London Lions v Turk Telekom on Wednesday 6 March is at 6pm.   

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Copper Box Arena.  Public transport is recommended.  The nearest railway stations are Hackney Wick overground and Stratford International station.  Both are approximately a 15-minute walk.  Stratford International is one stop (5 minutes) from London St Pancras on the Javelin train.  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.

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🏀 ABOUT THE BBL LEAGUE

(Information from the 22/23 season): 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.  The 10 BBL teams all play each other four times (2H, 2A) across a 28-week season.  This determines the top men’s team in British basketball.  The current champions are London Lions.

At the end of the regular campaign the top eight teams in the BBL Championship progress to the BBL Championship Play-offs.  Teams play each other home and away in the quarter-final round.  The winners are 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 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.

TROPHY & CUP

There are two knock-out competitions that run alongside the BBL Championship.  The BBL Trophy has been a showpiece knockout tournament in British basketball for over 30 years.  This year ten clubs are divided into two groups who will compete in a rond robin format.  The top two teams from each group progress to a Final Four showdown at the Utilita Arena, Birmingham on the weekend of 27/28 January. 

The BBL Cup involves just the BBL clubs and this year’s tournament is a knockout competition.  Those teams who placed 1st-6th in the 2021-22 league season will receive a bye into the quarter-finals.  Seeds 1-4 receive a guaranteed home date in the quarter-finals.  The semi-finals will be an open draw.  All rounds will be one-legged ties.  The final is at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena in January 2023.

(BBL information courtesy of the British Basketball League website.)

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