Expanded for the 2021/22 season, the League is currently in its fourth round of fixtures and schools are battling under their NBA pseudonyms to make sure they qualify for the playoffs in May.
In the East of England, St Columbia College’s Year 7’s co-ed team, playing as the San Antonio Spurs, are currently channelling some of that ‘Big Three’ Spurs-era energy with six out of six wins in the Southwest Division.
Across to the East Midlands in the Year 8 co-ed Southeast Division, Orchard Mead Academy (Atlanta Hawks) have won four of their seven games and are first with eight points. However, Castle Mead Academy (Orlando Magic) and Bosworth Academy (Washington Wizards) form the chasing pack in second and third place respectively, with six points each.
Over to the Capital, Skinners Academy’s Year 7 girls are having a stormer in London, playing as the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division. They’re 7-0 and are a staggering eight points above their nearest rivals, St Mary Magdalene (New York Knicks). Word on the grapevine is Nick Nurse has been taking notes from the Skinners’ girls’ performances to show the real Raptors.
Chicago Bulls’ North West representatives, Reddish Vale High School’s Year 8 co-ed team, have got to dig deep and advance on their .500 winning percentage if they’re going to catch Didsbury High School (Indiana Pacers) and Sale Grammar School (Milwaukee Bucks), who are sitting pretty in the Central Division with eight points apiece.
And finally, but not exhaustively, there’s a real battle in Yorkshire’s Southwest Division between Year 7 and 8 co-ed teams. All Saints Catholic College (Memphis Grizzlies) and Kettlethorpe High School (San Antonio Spurs) both have a 100%-win rate, so far.
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