NBL D2&3 recap: Brent Bulls, Stockport Lapwings clinch D2W titles, D3 crowns secured

Brent Bulls and Stockport Lapwings are the latest teams to seal champion status in D2W.

The Bulls' two wins so far in March against West Suffolk Wolves and Team Solent Kestrels II have made them impossible to catch in the South, with the weekend’s 76-51 road win at Solent confirming them as champions.

Their impressive 11-1 record has given the Bulls a four point cushion over West Herts Warriors (9-3) and Team Solent Kestrels II (9-4), and although the Warriors could still pull level with Brent should results go their way, the Bulls own the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two sides.

That means the league winners can look forward to the potential for D1 basketball next season, and testing themselves against some of the best teams in the country.

In the North, Stockport Lapwings (14-1), with memories of their National Cup Final win still fresh, can't be caught at the head of the table after a perfect 2022 so far.

Stockport, who have one more game to play, are on an eight-game unbeaten run, with a nail-biting 64-62 win over Derby Trailblazers keeping their streak intact.

Second-place Sheffield Hatters are eight points back with only three games left to play.

NBL title races


Manchester Magic (17-3) edge ever-closer to the D2 Men’s North title.

Though mathematically possible, it seems unlikely that joint-second place side Northamptonshire Titans (14-5) will catch the former D1M winners, with Doncaster Eagles (14-7) also joint second but out of the running.

It would take Magic losing their final two games, the Titans winning all three of theirs, plus the clash between the two sides on 20 March going the way of Northamptonshire by 14 points or more.

It means the North West side can claim top spot this weekend with a win over Team Birmingham, or a loss for the Titans against seventh place Nottingham Hoods.


Westminster Warriors (19-0) capped a remarkable season by clinching the Division Two South title last month.

The Warriors are still yet to taste defeat this year, with no drop off in form once they were confirmed as league winners. They have three more games to navigate (home and away vs Ipswich, and away to East London All Stars) to seal their perfect regular season.

NBL Division Three

Lots of titles have been claimed in D3 as well.

St Helens Saints (19-0) have already sealed North West glory with a so-far flawless season. They are now 12 points clear of Manchester Swarm (13-3), who have four games remaining.

Worcester Wolves (14-1) can't be caught in the Midlands division. They have recovered well from a first defeat of the season in February and have a six-point lead over the chasing Team Wolves (11-4) and a ten-point advantage over Stoke-on-Trent Knights (9-4).

Teesside Lions (12-2) have made their games in hand count, staging a dramatic charge to the title in the North over local rivals Tees Valley Mohawks (12-3).

Lions’ February win over Mohawks has proved to be vital, taking the season series 2-1 and allowing Teesside to seal top spot with room to spare.

Anglia Ruskin’s (10-2) four-point advantage in the East Conference is no more as Uni of Hertfordshire Storm (10-2) have continued their winning streak to join them at the top of the standings.

The two sides are set to go head-to-head this weekend, with the result of that game likely to decide the winner in the East.

It’s also too close to call in the London table as two defeats for UEL Lions (8-3) in February have seen London Thunder (8-3) draw level at the summit. Thunder’s 78-70 win over their rivals saw them take a narrow two-point lead into March, but more crucially it also handed them the head-to-head tiebreaker should the teams finish the regular season level on points.

That means Thunder just need to match the Lions' result in the final game of the season to take the title.

In the South, London Elite (8-0) have dominate the division and are out of reach, while Bristol (10-1) can't be caught in the South West.

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