NBL Division Two preview - Week 9 (23/24 November 2019)

Just two teams remain unbeaten in Division Two, and they come up against tough opponents in week 9, whilst there is plenty of action across the competition.

Game of the Week

Myerscough College (5-1) v Team Newcastle University (6-0)

It’s a battle of first versus second in the Northern Conference, as Team Newcastle University travel to Myerscough College respectively.

Newcastle remain the only unbeaten team in the Northern Conference, and only the second in the entire league. Most recently, they claimed a 80-60 victory over Derbyshire Spartans, and remain at the top of the table by two league points.

Myerscough, who have suffered just one loss so far this season, last featured in week 7 in which they claimed a 81-63 victory over University of Chester. Lewis McGlasson stealing the limelight with 21 points, with no other Myerscough player making it to double digits.

The hosts would have to win by 56 points, though, to claim top spot over Newcastle on points difference.


Elsewhere in D2M

In the Northern Conference, bottom-placed Sheffield Hallam University (0-6) host Charnwood College Riders (4-2) who sit fourth. Sheffield are yet to claim their first victory of the season, whilst the visitors recently claimed an impressive 92-61 victory over Bristol Hurricanes. Blaize Sagna the one to watch, following his 24-points, eight rebounds and four assists performance last weekend.

Seventh meets eighth when University of Chester (3-4) travel to Bristol Academy Flyers (3-4), with both teams sitting with six points in the table. Despite scoring 35 points and 13 rebounds, a star performance from Phil Kelly-Brandreth couldn’t help guide University of Chester to a victory over Derbyshire Arrows, whilst the hosts also suffered a close 64-57 loss to Manchester Magic in week 8.

Lastly in that division, Derbyshire Spartans (2-4) host Team Birmingham Elite (3-3). The visitors easily handling Sheffield in week 7 with a 86-42 scoreline, and Ian Rodriguez and Jacob Cauthorn scoring 35 points between them.

In the Southern Conference, table toppers Essex Rebels (5-0) host East London All Stars (3-1), who sit fourth in the ladder. Alongside Team Newcastle, Essex remain unbeaten in the league and have enjoyed a perfect run to the the 2019/20 campaign with victories over Greenwich Titans, Cardiff Met Archers, London Greenhouse Pioneers, Team Solent Kestrels II and Sussex Bears.

Current Player of the Week Ausridas Petraitis helped guide his side in BC London Medelynas (4-2) to a victory over Team Solent Kestrels II 80-63 last week, scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. They host Cardiff Met Archers (1-3), who sit at the foot of the table.

London Westside (2-2) host second-placed Ipswich Basketball (4-1), with former Player of the Week Luke Mascall-Wright hoping to guide his side to another victory to keep the pressure on Essex at the top.

Elsewhere, Greenwich Titans (1-4) host Team Solent Kestrels II (1-5), who recently suffered a defeat to London BC Medelynas for the second time this season. Ashley Briggs the stand-out performer for his side in the loss with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Lastly, London Greenhouse Pioneers (2-2) host Sussex Bears (1-4) at the Harris Academy St Johns Wood, with just two points separating the sides in the ladder.


Full fixtures and stats

Saturday 23 November 2019

2:20pm - Sheffield Hallam University v Charnwood College Riders - LIVE STATS

3:00pm - London Greenhouse Pioneers v Sussex Bears - LIVE STATS

3:00pm - Greenwich Titans v Team Solent Kestrels II - LIVE STATS

4:00pm - Myerscough College v Team Newcastle University - LIVE STATS

4:30pm - Bristol Academy Flyers v University of Chester - LIVE STATS

6:00pm - BC Medelynas London v Cardiff Met Archers - LIVE STATS

6:15pm - London Westside v Ipswich Basketball - LIVE STATS

7:00pm - Derbyshire Spartans v Team Birmingham Elite - LIVE STATS

7:00pm - Essex Rebels v East London All Stars - LIVE STATS


*Photo Credit - Myerscough College