British Basketball All-Stars Championship
Sunday 14th October 2018 – Copperbox Arena, London
The DBL Sharks Sheffield take a break from BBL action to head down to the bright lights of the capital for the All Stars Championship. The top eight teams from last year’s league standings will play off against each other for the top prize of £25,000 and of course, the first piece of silverware of the new season.
What to expect
To find a winner in just five hours, there are plenty of amendments to the rules as you might know them. Games take place over 12 minutes with a running clock and a 20 second shot clock in play. Each side has a 2 minute power play, which must be used before the final 2 minutes of the game and cannot run concurrently with the opposition’s. As well as the regular 2 point and 3 point scoring, look out for a 5 point option from even greater distance! A double-elimination format is employed – 2 wins and you will be in the semi-finals; 2 defeats and you are on your way home.
The Sharks first opponents will be Leicester Riders at around 2.15pm (timings approximate – please check to confirm). A win will see them take on the winners of Glasgow Rocks or Newcastle Eagles at around 2.50pm; a loss will see them play the loser of those two sides at around 3.30pm. Likely to be sidelined again is Sedale Hanson-Young, who suffered that serious shoulder dislocation last Friday at home to London Lions. The whole event, which is being broadcast on Sky Sports Mix, runs from 1pm until 6pm.
Last time out
London Lions were the inaugural winners of the All Stars Championship in September 2017. They beat Newcastle Eagles by 26-25 in the final. The Eagles were the side that eliminated the Sharks but not before the Sharks had defeated Worcester Wolves by 37-35 on the strength of Mackey McKnight’s five point buzzer-beater!
Tickets are still on sale for the event: go to http://www.allstarsbasketball.co.uk for further details. If you can’t make it to the Copperbox, don’t forget the whole event will be shown on Sky Sports Mix from 1pm until 6pm. And your DBL Sharks return to BBL action on Friday 19th October when Glasgow Rocks will be the visitors to The Tank – see the ticket link below.