NBL D2&3 recap: Westminster Warriors end February as champions

Things are hotting up as we head towards the final hurdle of the NBL regular season.

Sides from NBL Divisions Two and Three, plus WNBL Division Two, have enjoyed their first season back so far after a year away, with a new champion already confirmed.

Here’s the latest on how teams are getting on across the country.

NBL Division Two


Manchester Magic (16-2) have moved clear at the top of the North standings.

One heavy loss to Charnwood aside, they have enjoyed some impressive February form which has seen the North West side create an eight-point gap between themselves and Doncaster Eagles (12-6).

The former D1M champs showed their title credentials with a 80-72 win over second-placed Eagles to end the month, with Pharroh Gordon posting an impressive 28-point, 11-rebound double-double.


Westminster Warriors (18-0) have capped a remarkable season by clinching the Division Two South title last weekend.

Warriors have seen off every challenge in their quest for glory, sealing top-dog status with a 99-80 win over Sussex Bears.

It means a return to the top flight for the first time since 2019/20, with a perfect season and a potential playoff title still to play for.

WNBL Division Two


Stockport Lapwings (13-1) continue to march towards the D2 North title after a perfect February.

The surprise National Cup champions enjoyed a clean sweep from their four games, including a 62-54 win over closest challengers Manchester Mystics (8-4), courtesy of 28 points haul from Cup final MVP Jade Butters.

Lapwings now hold a 10-point lead at the top and will take some catching at this stage of the season.


Things are much closer in the South, as Brent Bulls (9-1) currently edge a three-horse race for top spot.

Bulls sit narrowly ahead of Team Solent Kestrels II (8-2), closely followed by West Herts Warriors (7-3).

The big hitters churned out some massive results in February, including a 100-26 win for Bulls over Coventry Flames whilst Solent ended the month with a 95-48 demolition of Cardiff.

With Solent set to face both Brent and West Herts in March, those games are sure to make for a tense and exciting finale to the season which is currently too close to call.

NBL Division Three

There’s plenty of action to dissect in the third division, with plenty of action taking place across the seven conferences.

Tees Valley Mohawks (12-2) have pulled ahead in the North, despite defeat to second-placed Teesside Lions (9-2) in February.

With a six-point gap and three games in hand, can GB coach Marc Steutel’s side catch them?

Over in the Northwest, St Helens Saints (17-0) are sitting pretty at the top after a flawless season, which sees them 12 points clear of Manchester Swarm (11-2), who will have to make the most of four games in hand to stand a chance of catching the pace setters.

Worcester Wolves (12-1) continue to lead the Midlands division, despite a first defeat of the season in February.

A surprise 61-52 loss to Stourpourt Spartans (3-9) has cut Worcester's lead over Team Wolves (10-4) to four points, making things interesting in the race for the title.

Anglia Ruskin (10-1) also suffered their first defeat of the season in the East Conference after being edged out 65-63 by Canterbury Crusaders (3-9). ARU bounced back with two wins to end the month four points ahead of Uni of Hertfordshire Storm (8-2) at the top of the table, hopeful of no further slip ups.

Two defeats for UEL Lions (7-3) has seen London Thunder (8-3) gain advantage in the London table. Thunder’s 78-70 win over their rivals sees them take a narrow two-point lead into March.

In the South, London Elite (8-0) continue to dominate the division, while Bristol (9-1) continue to lead the charge in the South West.

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