1975–76 National Basketball League season

The 1975–76 Guinness National Basketball League season was the fourth season of the English National Basketball League.[1]

1975–76 National Basketball League season
LeagueNational Basketball League
SportBasketball
Number of teams10
Roll of Honour
National League championsCinzano Crystal Palace
  National League runners-upIslington Embassy All-Stars
National Cup championsCinzano Crystal Palace
  National Cup runners-upIslington Embassy All-Stars
National Basketball League seasons

The league was sponsored by Guinness and the number of teams participating remained at ten. One new team appeared in the form of the Leeds Larsen Lions club, but Exeter St Lukes dropped down to the second division. The Crystal Palace team, sponsored by Cinzano and devoid of the Sutton merger, completed the double of National League and Cup. There were no playoffs during this era and American Jim Guymon of Crystal Palace won the George Williams Trophy for Most Valuable Player.[2]

National LeagueEdit

First DivisionEdit

Pos Team P W L F A Pts
1 Cinzano Crystal Palace 18 17 1 1806 1282 35
2 Islington Embassy All-Stars 18 16 2 1628 1337 34
3 Doncaster Wilson Panthers 18 11 7 1642 1451 29
4 Coventry Granwood 18 10 8 1509 1483 28
5 Manchester ATS Giants 18 8 10 1549 1603 26
6 Loughborough All-Stars 18 6 12 1395 1565 24
7 Avenue 18 6 12 1363 1565 24
8 Cleveland StrongArm 18 6 12 1527 1738 24
9 London YMCA Metros 18 6 12 1416 1572 24
10 Leeds Larsen Lions 18 0 18 1175 1509 18

Second DivisionEdit

Pos Team P W L F A Pts
1 Bedford Vauxhall Motors 12 11 1 873 792 23
2 Stockport Belgrade 12 10 2 894 785 22
3 Exeter St Lukes 12 6 6 905 877 18
4 Malory Lewisham 12 5 7 825 886 17
5 Nottingham 12 4 8 903 929 16
6 Guildford Pirates 12 3 9 839 836 15
7 Birmingham Bulldogs 12 3 9 729 863 15

National Cup FinalEdit

03 April 1976
Cinzano Crystal Palace 10888 Islington Embassy All-Stars
Pts: Jim Guymon 39, Martin Hall 27, Mark Saiers 19, Paul Philp 10 Pts: Steve Schmitt 32, Pete Sprogis 29, Dave Shelley 11
Wembley
Attendance: 7,000

Leading scorersEdit

Player Team Pts
Steve Pound Doncaster 643
Bob Howell Coventry 530
Peter Sprogis Embassy All-Stars 478
Jim Guymon Crystal Palace 464
Mark Badger Manchester 457
Steve Schmitt Embassy All-Stars 421
Steve Latham Manchester 408
Steve Kloppenburg Cleveland 397
Bob Overtonn London YMCA 395
Carl Olsson Loughborough 341

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Matthews & Morrison, Peter & Ian (1987). The Guinness Encyclopaedia of Sports Records & Results. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-492-5.
  2. ^ "Men's Senior League Winners". Basketball England.[permanent dead link]

See alsoEdit