NBL Division Two preview - Week 7 (9/10 November 2019)

Northern and Southern Conference leaders Team Newcastle and Essex Rebels are both in action this weekend as they put their undefeated records on the line for another week of NBL Division Two action.

Game of the Week

Myerscough College (4-1) v University of Chester (3-2)

It's 2nd plays 3rd in the Northern Conference as both teams try to keep pace with leaders Newcastle at 4-0.

Myerscough recently suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 83-80 at home to Derbyshire Arrows, but the North West side bounced back well to beat Bristol last weekend. Mikey Irvine top scored in both those games and is enjoying a solid season to date.

After starting their campaign with consecutive defeats, University of Chester have turned things around to win three straight against Bristol Hurricanes, Sheffield Hallam and Derbyshire Spartans. Phil Kelly-Brandreth continues to be integral to UoC, he led all scorers with 23 points last weekend.

Elsewhere in D2M

In the Northern Conference, top dogs Team Newcastle University (4-0) have a trip to winless Sheffield Hallam Univeristy (0-4). The South Yorkshire side have only managed to stay within single digits of one of their opponents this season, with the other 3 losses being by at least 20 points.

Manchester Magic (3-2) take a trip to Charnwood (3-1) as two sides lock horns looking to establish themselves in the playoff places. The teams are 5th and 6th in the standings at present.

Bristol Flyers II (2-3) have lost each of their last two games but will hope to end that streak tomorrow as they entertain the Derbyshire Arrows (3-2).

Bristol Hurricanes (0-4) have suffered defeats by 10 points or less in three of their games so far this year and will be hoping they can turn their fortunes around tomorrow as they head north to play Team Birmingham Elite (1-3).

The schedule in the Southern Conference involves a great match up on the South coast as Sussex Bears (1-3) play host to conference leaders Essex Rebels (4-0). Austin Butler dropped 30 points for Essex last weekend and will look to stay hot here.

One of the chasing pack trying to reel the leaders in will lose ground tomorrow as 3rd place Ipswich (3-1) host 2nd place London BC Medelynas (3-1) in what is sure to be a high quality encounter.

Over in Wales, Cardiff Met Archers (1-2) will aim to get their record back to .500 against a basement side Greenwich Titans (0-4).

East London All Stars (2-1) have looked solid so far this year, winning each of their last two games including a match up against BC Medelynas. They host London Westside (2-1) tomorrow at UEL Sportsdock.

Finally, Team Solent Kestrels II (1-3) will look to get back to winning ways after a loss last week against Essex, they play London Greenhouse Pioneers (1-2).

Full fixtures and stats

Saturday 9 November 2019

2:20pm - Sheffield Hallam University v Team Newcastle - LIVE STATS
3:30pm - Charnwood College Riders v Manchester Magic - LIVE STATS
3:30pm - Bristol Flyers II v Derbyshire Arrows - LIVE STATS
4:45pm - Cardiff Met Archers v Greenwich Titans - LIVE STATS
5:30pm - Ipswich v London BC Medelynas - LIVE STATS
6:00pm - Sussex Bears v Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS
7:00pm - Team Birmingham Elite v Bristol Hurricanes - LIVE STATS

Sunday 10 November 2019

2:00pm - East London All Stars v London Westside - LIVE STATS
3:00pm - Team Solent Kestrels II v London Greenhouse Pioneers - LIVE STATS
4:00pm - Myerscough College v University of Chester - LIVE STATS