British Basketball Play-Off Finals

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British Basketball Play-Off Finals 2022: (W) London Lions v Sevenoaks Suns ~ (M) London Lions v Leicester Riders

🏀 The British Basketball Play-Off Finals are back at The O2 with four teams set to battle it out at one of the biggest events in British Basketball.  Last few tickets remaining here!

CONGRATULATIONS to London Lions women who ended the season unbeaten with a 70-45 play-off final win against Sevenenoaks Suns.  With a record of 34-0 from the domestic season and a clean sweep of the WBBL cup, trophy, league and play-off silverware, the 2021/2022 London Lions women’s team will go down in history as the best ever to play in the WBBL.  Lions’ redoubtable Kennedy Leonard was named play-off final MVP.

Leicester Riders men won their third title of the season beating their London Lions counterparts 78-75 in a thrilling final.  Riders’ Geno Crandall was named MVP after a brilliant performance, while Isaiah Reese top-scored for the Lions with 29 points.  Stay tuned here for date/ticket news for the 2023 British Basketball Play-Off Finals as soon as announced.  

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Two top teams from the elite men’s and women’s British Basketball League go head-to-head this afternoon to determine who will get their hands on the final pieces of silverware of the 2021-22 BBL & WBBL seasons, regarded as two of the most prestigious trophies on offer in the sport.  Strap yourselves in for the British Basketball Play-Off Finals!

With both the women’s (WBBL) and men’s (BBL) Play-off Finals taking place in a spectacular double-bill up to 15,000 fans are expected to once again pack out The O2 and enjoy a fusion of some of the best ballers in the land, alongside plenty of courtside entertainment featuring music and cheerleaders.

WBBL FINAL @ 1.30pm ~ LONDON LIONS v SEVENOAKS SUNS

The quadruple dream lives on for the London Lions who swept into the play-off final with a dominant 104-59 semi-final win over Scotland’s Caledonia Pride.  Holly Winterburn top-scored for the Lions who are unbeaten in all matches during their domestic campaign.  In the other semi-final Sevenoaks Suns secured their place in the final with a nail-biting 66-64 victory over Nottingham Wildcats.  Janice Monakana was the standout player for the Suns notching up 24 points for her team.  The sides finished first and second in the league so it’s fitting they should meet again with the play-off silverware at stake.

BBL FINAL @ 4pm ~ LONDON LIONS v LEICESTER RIDERS

London Lions roared into the final with an aggregate 176-156 semi-final victory over Bristol Flyers.  Isaiah Reese propelled the Lions into an unassailable lead in the second leg with a 28-point haul.  Standing in the way of Lions and play-off glory are league champions Leicester Riders who secured a comfortable 209-162 aggregate win over Glasgow Rocks in their semi-final which concluded on Monday night.  Riders’ Geno Crandall was the star man for the Leicester team contributing 54 points over the two legs.  

Concluding an epic season of action with this showpiece event in the capital, UK artist and producer Ayo Beatz will perform a half-time show during the BBL Final, while UK dance group Flawless will perform during the interval of the WBBL Final.

Between the BBL and WBBL final all eyes will be a BBL Slam Dunk Contest, featuring Piotr ‘Grabo’ Grabowski from Poland – 2021 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final Dunk Contest winner – the best dunker in Britain, Joel ’The Royal Guard’ Henry, and Europe’s most promising dunking prospect; 21-year-old Bartek Szwed from Poland.

This is the sport of razzmatazz and fun, simply expect to be entertained and have a day out that will live long in the memory. 

🗝️ Doors open at 12.30pm. 

🎟️ Tickets for the British Basketball Play-Off Finals are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  Last few remaining.

🏀  Tip-off for the WBBL (Women’s) Play-off Final is at 1.30pm. 

🏀 Tip-off for the BBL (Men’s) Play-off Final at 4pm. 

🚊🚗 Travel tips: Getting to The O2 via tube is recommended.  North Greenwich station is right on the doorstep and on the Jubilee Line in Zones 2 and 3.  Get there from Central London in 20 minutes, or Stratford in 10 minutes.

British Basketball Play-Off Finals

About the British Basketball League: The British Basketball League (BBL & WBBL) are the top men’s and women’s professional leagues in the UK.  Running from September to May the BBL & WBBL Championships determine the top teams for the regular season. 

At the end of the regular campaign the top teams in both leagues progress to the BBL/WBBL 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 British Basketball Play-Off Finals at The O2 in London.  The current WBBL title holders are London Lions who won their first Play-off title in May 2021 defeating Newcastle Eagles in the final.  The current BBL title holders are Newcastle Eagles who defeated London Lions in the 2020/2021 final.  

The WBBL teams for season 2021/2022 are Caledonia Pride, Cardiff Met Archers, Durham Palatinates, Essex Rebels, Gloucester City Queens, Leicester Riders, London Lions, Manchester Met Mystics, Newcastle Eagles, Nottingham Wildcats, Oaklands Wolves, Sevenoaks Suns and Sheffield Hatters.

The BBL teams for season 2021/2022 are Bristol Flyers, Cheshire Phoenix, B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, Newcastle Eagles, Leicester Riders, London Lions, Manchester Giants, Plymouth City Patriots, Glasgow Rocks and Surrey Scorchers.

(Information courtesy of the British Basketball League website).

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