National Cup recap: 09 October 2022

The National Cup didn't disappoint as we head towards the next round, with more than one upset this past weekend.

The Men's National Cup was the main competition featured, with the Women's National Cup (23/24 October) and Junior Sure Shot competitions (15/16 October) still to come this month.

With nearly 30 ties scheduled, there was plenty for basketball fans to enjoy no matter where they were in the country.

Milton Keynes enjoy statement win

D3 outfit Milton Keynes have turned heads with their summer recruitment, and their packed roster came through to beat D2 side City of Birmingham Rockets 75-74.

Former BBL man Sam Toluwase top-scored for the Rockets with 21 points, but 18 points from American Dante Langley, 16 points from former London Lion Jordan Spencer and 14 more from ex-D1 standout Blayne Freckleton got the Breakers over the line.

Worcester Wolves were only promoted to D2 this season after a 15-1 record in D3 and a trip to last season's playoff final. They made short work of fellow D2 side Doncaster Eagles to win 70-57, ensuring the Yorkshire side wouldn't replicate last season's healthy Cup run.

Elsewhere, former D1 side Oaklands Wolves came up short in their home tie against D3's Anglia Ruskin, 65-61 as 18 points from Spanish guard Guillem Puig led the way for ARU.

Manchester Swarm claimed another former D1M scalp in the form of Liverpool BC, taking that tie 71-70. Elgin Govan was the main man for the Swarm, he had 21 points, but the highlight of that game undoubtedly was a clutch three from Louis Weaver with 1.2 seconds remaining to seal the one-point win.

Recently relegated Leicester Warriors had no problems this weekend though, easily seeing off Birmingham Mets 117-68, whilst Greenwich Titans eased past London Westside 112-57.

The round wraps up this evening with one remaining tie between London Greenhouse Pioneers and Hackney Jedis. The next round is scheduled for Sunday 23 October.

For a full list of results from this weekend, head over to our Scores and Schedules page using the button below.


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Main image credit - Carol Moir