ALL-STARS BATTLE TO THE BOX: BBL Round 19

The British Basketball All-Stars Championship will return on Sunday, October 14. The top seven teams from the BBL Championship at the end of the season will join defending All-Stars champions London Lions for the showpiece event at Copper Box Arena, London and we’ll track who is in line to feature at the tournament in our regular ‘Battle To The Box’ feature.

Leicester Riders increased their lead at the top of the BBL with a 2-0 weekend which saw them record victories over Worcester Wolves and Manchester Giants.

Reigning British Basketball All-Stars Champions London Lions inflicted just a fourth defeat of the season on Esh Group Newcastle Eagles, who remain second but are now six points behind Riders despite also beating Giants over the weekend.

Wolves and DBL Sharks Sheffield both played double headers during round 19 of the BBL season and each won one and lost one of their fixtures. Wolves recovered from their 81-76 loss to Riders with a 101-76 success over Leeds Force while Sharks went down 85-80 to Plymouth Raiders two days after registering an 83-79 win over Cheshire Pheonix.

Elsewhere, Glasgow Rocks consolidated their position in third by beating Bristol Flyers 84-79 at Emirates Arena. Flyers currently lie eighth in the BBL Standings, which would be enough to secure qualification for the British Basketball All-Stars Championship should defending champions London Lions finish inside the top seven on the ladder at the end of the season.

The British Basketball All-Stars Championship will return on Sunday, October 14 at the Copper Box Arena, London, with tickets on pre-sale from Monday, February 12 and general sale on Tuesday, February 13.

The tournament will again showcase the best of British basketball talent, with defending champions London Lions joined by the top seven teams from this season’s BBL. Double elimination will be in play to separate the teams from eight down to four ahead of the semi-finals and final. All matches are 12 minutes long with the five-point line and Golden Buzzer Power Play also returning.

Tickets for the 2018 British Basketball All-Stars Championship will be available via www.allstarsbasketball.co.uk with tickets priced at £20, £30 and £40 with courtside hospitality tickets available at £99. Under 18s receive 50% off tickets, excluding courtside hospitality. Family and group discounts will be available.

Previous BBL ticket buyers will be able to access the ticket pre-sale on at midday Monday, February 12 ahead of the general sale at midday on Tuesday, February 13. Those eligible for the pre-sale will receive an email in due course. The 2018 British Basketball All-Stars Championship will take place 1-6pm on Sunday, October 14 at Copper Box Arena, London.