Essex Leopards announce full schedule for the inaugural Essex Classic

Essex Leopards have announced the full schedule for the inaugural Essex Classic tournament at the Brentwood Centre.

The Big Cats will host two sides from America, Vipers from Illinois and USA Select, along with London Lions who finished runners-up in both the BBL regular season and play-offs last season, as well as winning the inaugural British All-Stars Championship at the O2.

The tournament is already regarded as one of the biggest preseason competitions in British basketball, with tickets currently on sale at:

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The action starts on Saturday 8 September with a FREE junior coaching session for Under 16s at 11.30am, before Lions start things off by facing USA Select at 12.45pm.

Leopards host Vipers at 2.30pm before the two American teams meet two hours later and the two English sides clash at 6.15pm.

Lions face Vipers at midday on Sunday as the second day tips off before Leopards and USA Select wrap up the group stage at 1.45pm.

The sides who finish third and fourth in the first round meet in the bronze game at 3.45pm before the top two play-off in the final at 5.30pm.


Full schedule:


11.30am-12.30pm - Train with the Leopards

12.45pm - Lions v USA Select

2.30pm - Vipers v Leopards

4.30pm - Vipers v USA Select

6.15pm - Lions v Leopards


12.00pm - Lions v Vipers

1.45pm - USA Select v Leopards

3.45pm - Bronze game

5.30pm - Gold game

To book tickets – including the free coaching clinic – visit