NBL Division Two Preview - Week 21 (22/23 February 2020)

There are seven games over the course of the weekend in week 21 of Division Two Men, with the final round of games fast approaching. 

Game of the week

Derbyshire Arrows (9-7) v Bristol Academy Flyers (7-9)

Fifth plays sixth in the Northern Conference as Arrows and Flyers go head to head. With four game-weeks to go and as many points between them, Flyers will have to act now to climb higher in the table.  

And with Chester hot on their heels, they won't want to lose any ground for when the playoff seedings are finalised.

Flyers earned an overtime win over Manchester Magic last week before losing to Myerscough, while Arrows produced a winning performance over Chester. Joseph Baugh's double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds means he is the in-form man going into this one.

Elsewhere in D2M

Manchester Magic's (9-7) defeat to Flyers means they go into their clash with Bristol Hurricanes (3-11) searching for a first win in four games. Hurricanes themselves return after a week off, having edged out Birmingham Elite in their last game to end their own win-less run.

Chester (7-7) will have one eye on Flyers, who they are level on points with in the standings, when they go up against Charnwood (9-5). The visitors sit six points off second-placed Myerscough, but create space between themselves and Magic, should their poor run of form continue.

Sheffield (0-13) will be desperate for a win on their record before the season is out, but that appears a tall order this week as Myerscough (12-2) come to town. They continue to tick along nicely after the win over Flyers last weekend and still have a chance of catching leaders Newcastle.

In the Southern Conference, East London All Stars (5-6) face leaders Essex Rebels (12-2) who will be looking to open the gap further between themselves and Ipswich. They return after a week off, with both teams getting big wins over the bottom two sides in the standings last time out.

One of those is Cardiff Met Archers (3-11) and they face another tough encounter at home to the in-form London Medelynas (10-4) who are on a five-game winning streak following their win over Ipswich.

Bottom side Sussex Bears (2-11) face London Greenhouse Pioneers (7-6) and are desperate for a win. Pioneers meanwhile will want to get their season back on track after their derby defeat to Westside.

Full fixtures and stats

Saturday 22 February

4:30pm - East London All Stars v Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS
4:45pm - Cardiff Met Archers v BC Medelynas London - LIVE STATS
5:00pm - Sussex Bears v London Greenhouse Pioneers - LIVE STATS
5:30pm - Bristol Hurricanes v Manchester Magic - LIVE STATS
6:00pm - University of Chester v Charnwood College Riders - LIVE STATS

Sunday 23 February

2:20pm - Sheffield Hallam University v Myerscough College - LIVE STATS
5:15pm - Derbyshire Arrows v Bristol Academy Flyers - LIVE STATS

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