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Watch London Lions tackle the Sevenoaks Suns within the WBBL Last, with protection starting at 12.45pm on Sky Sports activities Area and Sky Sports activities YouTube. Subsequent up, it is the BBL Last, with the Lions enjoying the Leicester Riders from 3.45pm

Final Up to date: 15/05/22 10:43am

London Lions Women defeated Sevenoaks Suns 67-58 in a home league game played at the Copper Box Arena in March

London Lions Girls defeated Sevenoaks Suns 67-58 in a house league sport performed on the Copper Field Area in March

As much as 15,000 followers are anticipated on the O2 Area for Sunday’s BBL and WBBL Play-Off Finals and the London Lions will seem in each hoping to finish a historic double.

It has been a stellar season from the Lions to date and so they have the prospect to assert British Basketball League glory on each the boys’s and girls’s facet.

The ladies’s remaining is first up and sees them tackle the Sevenoaks Suns, with protection starting at 12.45pm on Sky Sports activities Area and Sky Sports activities YouTube. That is swiftly adopted by the Lions going through the Leicester Riders within the males’s remaining with protection starting at 3.45pm on the identical channels.

They’re the ultimate items of silverware out there to be grasped following a improbable season of motion on Sky Sports activities. The showpiece may even function UK artist and producer Ayo Beatz performing a half-time present in the course of the BBL Last, whereas UK dance group Flawless will carry out in the course of the interval of the WBBL Last.

Between each finals, followers will get to benefit from the BBL Slam Dunk Contest, that includes Piotr ‘Grabo’ Grabowski from Poland – 2021 FIBA 3×3 World Tour Last Dunk Contest winner; the most effective dunker in Britain, Joel ‘The Royal Guard’ Henry; and Europe’s most promising dunking prospect, 21-year-old Bartek Szwed from Poland.

The Lions groups’ historic campaigns

The boys’s staff have been breaking limitations, turning into the primary British basketball staff to make the second spherical of the FIBA Europe Cup, in addition to reaching the BBL Trophy remaining.

The London Lions girls’s staff have additionally damaged information this season – posting the longest win streak in WBBL historical past and going invincible within the WBBL Championship with an ideal 24 wins from 24 video games. Having already secured the WBBL Championship, Cup and Trophy, they’ve the potential to finish a historic home clear sweep with a playoffs win on Sunday.

Brett Burman, basic supervisor of the London Lions, mentioned: “Now we have had a record-breaking season with our wonderful European journey. I’m so happy with this staff with not solely our on-court efficiency but additionally our off-court initiatives.

“We try to provide again to our local people and we’re so appreciative of the assist they’ve proven us this season. However finally with basketball it is all about who the final staff standing is. The sport on Sunday is monumental for us and we’re able to carry out”

WBBL Last: London Lions vs Sevenoaks Suns, protection from 12.45pm on Sky Sports activities Area

The dream of an unprecedented quadruple lives on for the London Lions who swept into the play-off remaining with a dominant 104-59 semi-final win over Scotland’s Caledonia Pleasure. Holly Winterburn top-scored for the Lions, who’re unbeaten in all matches throughout their home marketing campaign.

Within the different last-four conflict, Sevenoaks Suns secured their place within the remaining with a nail-biting 66-64 victory over Nottingham Wildcats. Janice Monakana was the standout participant for the Suns notching up 24 factors for her staff.

It is a match-up of the highest two seeds from the home season however Mark Clark, London Lions girls’s staff coach, is feeling assured.

“Clearly we have performed and overwhelmed Sevenoaks 4 instances this season,” mentioned Clark. “Our WBBL Trophy Last was certainly one of our greatest defensive performances of the season. We felt they’d not understood the extent we have been enjoying at and we had taken our EuroCup stage into that remaining.

“The 2 league video games have been extra aggressive and we’ve got ready believing they’ll give this remaining their greatest shot. They might want to carry one thing completely different if they’re making an attempt to get the win. Whether or not that is slow-down basketball or a unique defensive setup, we imagine we’ve got ready for no matter they convey.

“In the end, our staff ethos is what has been key to our success this season – we move the ball higher than any staff and respect every others’ strengths. Our protection has introduced us success this 12 months and our strain will once more be the distinction.

“Our organisation has severe aspirations and that requires us to be higher each sport. We shall be higher once more on Sunday.”

BBL Last: London Lions vs Sevenoaks Suns, protection from 12.45pm on Sky Sports activities Area

On the boys’s facet, the London Lions rampantly made certain of their place within the remaining with a 176-156 combination victory over Bristol Flyers. Former Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State’s G-League affiliate) participant Isaiah Reese powered the Lions into an unassailable lead within the second leg with a powerful 28-point efficiency.

The Leicester Riders completed with a improbable 25-2 document within the remaining standings, greedy the highest seed emphatically and ending properly forward of the No 3 seed Lions, who went 16-11. The Riders secured a snug 209-162 combination win over Glasgow Rocks of their semi-final which concluded on Monday night time, with former Gonzaga faculty participant Geno Crandall contributing 54 factors over the 2 legs.

Swingman Dirk Williams believes the Lions are able to claiming glory on Sunday afternoon.

“For us, it is nearly enjoying staff basketball and staying collectively by means of adversity all through the sport,” he mentioned. “We will not get too excessive or too low as a result of Leicester is a very good staff and so they have proved all of it season. We simply need to exit play our sport and strategy this with the suitable mindset as a staff.”

Burman added: “This sport is exclusive as a result of it is a winner take all occasion. Each groups have already performed 4 playoff matches and have had all week to scout, strategise, and perceive one another to a better diploma. They’ve weapons, and their tempo begins and stops with Geno (Crandall). They’re at their greatest when he creates open seems to be for others.

“Our focus has shifted and at this level, the common season is out the window. As soon as the ball is tipped, it is a 40-minute battle. That is the second we wish, and I do know our guys are able to play on the large stage, below the brilliant lights. As a competitor, you may’t ask for something higher than this.”

Watch all the motion live on Sky Sports YouTube and Sky Sports activities Area this afternoon.


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