The first weekend of the new season is in the books and we have another seven games taking place in Round 2.
It was an opening night to forget for Leeds Force as they fell to a crushing 60-148 defeat at home to Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.
Head coach Danny Nelson has bolstered his options with the addition of Michel-Ofik Nzege, while American forward Tavarion Nix is available to make his debut and can’t wait to get started.
“I’m excited to play my first game in the BBL,” he enthused.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the league and the level of play.
“I’ve had the chance to see one of the top teams first hand and I’m ready to compete.
“Personally, I feel I will bring more leadership and experience to the team as well as adding a lot of versatility and athleticism to our squad.”
Force have a double-header on the road to contend with this weekend as they face DBL Sharks Sheffield in the Yorkshire derby tonight before heading to Plymouth Raiders on Sunday – streamed live for free on UniLAD’s Facebook page.
Nix added: “Road games are always tough no matter where you play, but our focus for the double header this weekend is taking it one game at a time.
“We want to focus on what we do as a team and play the style of basketball that we want to play.”
Two teams who made winning starts to the season meet tonight as Leicester Riders host Bristol Flyers having never lost to Andreas Kapoulas’ side in the BBL.
Meanwhile, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle take a 20-game win streak over Glasgow Rocks into their clash at Sport Central with the 2-0 London Lions entertaining Manchester Giants to round out another four-game Friday.
Also on Sunday, Cheshire Phoenix get their campaign started with Surrey Scorchers the visitors for their third straight road game having opened 1-1 last weekend.
Manchester and Newcastle are back in action as they go head-to-head at Trafford Sportsdome on Sunday afternoon to complete their respective double-headers.
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