NBL1 recap: Week 21 (5/6 March 2022) - Solent crowned regular-season champs plus live streams, stats and more

Team Solent Kestrels are NBL Division One regular-season champions for a historic fourth time in a row following two wins this weekend.

Solent's victories against Nottingham and Essex plus results elsewhere meant they sealed top spot for a record fourth consecutive year, something never done before in D1M.

There were also some big headlines elsewhere, including a 60-point triple-double for Worthing's Zaire Taylor!

There's a recap of all the action below, and each result is also clickable if you wish to view the live stats.

Team Solent Kestrels (20-2) 119-44 Essex Rebels (3-19)

Team Solent Kestrels put on a dominant display as they claimed the 2021/22 D1M league title following a 119-44 win against Essex.

A 95-63 victory against Nottingham on Saturday got the Kestrels underway for the weekend and their big win 24 hours later, coupled with a loss for Thames Valley against Nottingham, meant the league crown is once again heading to the South Coast.

The win makes Solent the most successful D1M side since the creation of the BBL ahead of the 1987/88 season, with their four titles taking them past Reading Rockets, Oldham Celtics and Teesside Mohawks, who have all won three.

Coach Guymon's side are also the first D1M team ever to win four regular-season titles in a row, with the previous best being three by Crystal Palace between 1975 and 1978.

Sunday's blowout was symbolic of Solent's recent dominance, finding a way to handle their opponents whilst never looking like they'd do anything but come out on top.

Leading 34-10 after the first frame and holding Essex to just seven points in the second, a lead of 50 points by half time meant this game was over well before the final buzzer.

Travis Charles (18pts, 9reb) was the pick of the bunch for the hosts as Kemel Archer (19pts, 8reb) played well off the bench in a game where the minutes were spread across the Kestrels' roster.

Josh Moore top scored for Essex, he had nine points to go with five boards as coach Norfolk's side now need to pick themselves up and keep fighting in their bid to avoid the D1M trap door.

Solent's title-winning weekend began with a 95-63 W against Nottingham Hoods (15-6), with American guard Cole Gentry (22pts, 6-9 3pt, 9ast) continuing his potential Player of the Year campaign.

Elsewhere this weekend

London Lions II (9-12) began the weekend by once again tasting defeat, their poor run of form continued as they lost 123-87 against Derby Trailblazers (15-7), with Blake Bowman (35pts, 6ast, 5reb) enjoying a solid outing.

Thirty one points from Brandon Federici was enough to see Team Newcastle University (12-9) past Loughborough Riders (7-15), with a final score of 93-87.

Bradford Dragons (9-14) pulled off a shock against Hemel Storm (14-8), winning at home 87-79 thanks to 32 points from Zach Gachette.

Basement side Oaklands Wolves (2-19) lost on Saturday 118-70 against Thames Valley Cavaliers (16-6), but the real headlines came on Sunday in their 120-84 defeat by Worthing Thunder (16-7).

Worthing's Zaire Taylor pulled out one of the all-time NBL performances to drop 60 points, adding 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the triple-double. His final efficiency rating of 61 speaks volumes about just how incredible the performance truly was.

You can catch highlights of Taylor's performance below!

Worthing had begun their weekend with a loss as well, going down 89-82 at home to Reading Rockets (12-10) as Tyler Cartaino (31pts, 7reb, 3ast) became yet another D1M player to pass the 30-point mark this weekend.

Leicester Warriors (3-19) couldn't take advantage of losses by relegation rivals Essex and Oaklands as they also tasted defeat, losing 101-94 against Loughborough.

Derby and Bradford played out an entertaining 106-99 contest on Sunday, with the Trailblazers coming out on top thanks in part to strong performances from Blake Bowman (31pts, 6reb), Malcolm Smith (22pts, 11reb) and Leighton Elliott-Sewell (18pts, 9-10 shooting, 5reb, 4ast).

Hemel's trip up the country to Newcastle was worth it as the Storm stole an 84-80 victory behind a hefty 30 point, 17 rebound double-double from Greg Poleon.

That left Thames Valley and Nottingham to battle it out at Uxbridge, with the Hoods taking an impressive 99-84 road win that ultimately sent the regular season title Solent's way.

TVC's Hakeem Sylla recorded his 20th double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 boards, but it wouldn't be enough as Nottingham pushed five players past the 14-point mark, led by Victor Olarerin (20pts).

This weekend's results:

Saturday 5 March

4pm - London Lions II 87-123 Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

5pm - Team Newcastle University 93-87 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

6pm - Team Solent Kestrels 95-63 Nottingham Hoods - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

6:15pm - Bradford Dragons 87-79 Hemel Storm

6:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 118-70 Oaklands Wolves - LIVE STATS

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder 82-89 Reading Rockets - LIVE STATS

Sunday 6 March

1:30pm - Leicester Warriors 94-101 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

2pm - Team Solent Kestrels 119-44 Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

4pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 84-99 Nottingham Hoods - LIVE STATS

4:15pm - Derby Trailblazers 106-99 Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

5pm - Worthing Thunder 120-84 Oaklands Wolves - LIVE STATS

5pm - Team Newcastle University 80-84 Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS


Main image credit - Luke Simcock