NBL1 recap: 25/26 March 2023 - live streams, stats and more

Hemel Storm claimed the 2022/23 regular-season title after victory against Newcastle on Saturday.

While Storm's success was undoubtedly the story of the weekend, there were other key results across D1M in the race for playoff spots, including Thames Valley's win over Loughborough and Reading beating Essex.

Manchester were also consigned to a spot in the potential relegation places after results this weekend, joining Westminster in the bottom two.

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

Team Newcastle University (11-14) 77-107 Hemel Storm (24-0) 

Hemel sealed their first-ever D1M regular season title following a comfortable 107-77 road win in Newcastle.

Confirming what has felt like an inevitability the longer Storm's undefeated streak continued, the Hertfordshire outfit now have the top seed for the impending playoffs along with their name in history as the 2022/23 regular-season champs.

Hakeem Sylla's 25-point, 11-rebound double-double helped the visitors to a 61-46 half-time advantage, creating a lead that the Storm were never likely to let slip.

Taylor Johnson went 4/7 from beyond the arc to close with a game-high 26 points as Hemel shot 54% from the floor across a successful afternoon.

Twenty two points from Jordan May wasn't enough to get the hosts out of trouble, with no other Newcastle player making it past 13 points.

Hemel now have two games remaining to complete a perfect regular season, at home to Solent then hosting a showdown with second place Worthing. It remains to be seen how Coach Spinks will approach those fixtures, and if the lure of an undefeated campaign trumps potentially resting players ahead of the post-season.

Elsewhere this weekend

Worthing Thunder (21-3) did their bit to push Hemel all the way to the title, beating local rivals Team Solent Kestrels (12-12) 81-62 thanks to 14 points apiece from Ronald Blain, David Moya and Hafeez Abdul. The win confirms Thunder as the #2 seeds ahead of the playoffs.

Derby Trailblazers (19-5) appear set as the #3 seeds after a pair of W's this weekend. Saturday's 87-73 win against London Lions II (6-19) came courtesy of 24 points from Raheem May-Thompson, whilst DTB then beat Manchester Magic (4-21) 89-71 on Sunday as May-Thompson dropped a further 25 points.

It was a double loss weekend for Manchester as they went down 100-85 at home to Westminster Warriors (3-21) on Saturday, with Westminster's Justin Hitchman recording an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double to confirm Magic as finishing in the bottom two.

Thames Valley Cavaliers (13-12) moved into a tie on 26 points with Loughborough Riders (13-11) after beating the Midlands side 93-87. Bode Adeluola continued his recent fine form to record a game-high 20 points, with TVC now locking up a spot in the playoffs.

Newcastle couldn't recover from their Saturday defeat by Hemel as they lost 87-81 at home to Bradford Dragons (13-12), thanks to 37 points from Justin Williams.

Reading Rockets (15-9) had no problems seeing off Essex Rebels (7-18), using a 29-20 final quarter to win 101-91.

The battle between Reading's Troy Cracknell (28pts, 10reb) and Essex's Jake Eynon (40pts, 11ast, 5reb) was a good one, and it was harsh on either player to be on the losing side come the final buzzer.

This weekend's results:

Saturday 25 March

3pm - Team Newcastle University 77-107 Hemel Storm - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

4pm - London Lions II 73-87 Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS

6:30pm - Thames Valley Cavaliers 93-87 Loughborough Riders - LIVE STATS

7pm - Manchester Magic 85-100 Westminster Warriors - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7:30pm - Worthing Thunder 81-62 Team Solent Kestrels - LIVE STATS

Sunday 26 March

3pm - Team Newcastle University 81-87 Bradford Dragons - LIVE STATS

4pm - Reading Rockets 101-91 Essex Rebels - LIVE STATS/LIVE STREAM

7pm - Manchester Magic 71-89 Derby Trailblazers - LIVE STATS



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