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The British Basketball Play-Off

On Sunday 14th May a number of students travelled to the O2 Arena to watch the British Basketball Play-Off Final between Leicester Riders and the Newcastle Eagles.

Before the main event, the students were able to watch the women’s play-off final between Sevenoaks Suns and Nottingham Wildcats. This encounter allowed the students to gain a greater understanding of the rules and scoring system, whilst also appreciating some impressive plays and pin point shooting, especially from Catherine Carr (Sevenoaks Suns).

This game was then followed by a short game for Hoops Aid (a charity arm in aid of creating sporting opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged children), which included celebrities such as David James, Adebayo Akinfenwa, and BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell along with many others.

It was then time to watch the main event with the Leicester Riders clearly the favourite amongst the spectators who had travelled to watch the game between the two teams. The game was extremely fast paced, with many end to end plays to watch. Shane Walker and Brandon Clark opened the game, for Leicester Riders, with back-to-back triples before Hampton scored the next seven points. This lead was further exceeded with the end of the first 29-11.

The second quarter saw the Riders come out aggressively and extend their advantage by 25 points, despite end to end performances on the floor. The half finished with a 20 point advantage to Leicester Riders (47-27) with the Newcastle Eagles fighting back momentarily.

There was no letup of play after the half, with Leicester Riders continuing their domination and finished the third to make it 72-44. The deficit that the Newcastle Eagles found themselves in continued to grow in the fourth and despite their every effort could not be closed before the end of the game which finished 84-63 to Leicester Riders.

The day was enjoyed by all that attended, and will hopefully encourage even more students to attend the extra curricular Basketball club again in September.

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