1976–77 National Basketball League season

The 1976–77 Guinness National Basketball League season was the fifth season of the National Basketball League.[1]

1976–77 National Basketball League season
LeagueNational Basketball League
SportBasketball
Number of teams10
Roll of Honour
National League championsCinzano Crystal Palace
  National League runners-upManchester ATS Giants
National Cup championsCinzano Crystal Palace
  National Cup runners-upMilton Keynes Embassy All-Stars
National Basketball League seasons

The league was sponsored by Guinness and the number of teams participating remained at ten. The Embassy All-Stars relocated to Milton Keynes, Cleveland became Durham and Bedford replaced Leeds.

The Crystal Palace team completed a second consecutive double of National League and Cup and were beginning to achieve national public recognition. There were no playoffs for the League during this era and Carl Olsson was awarded the season MVP award.[2]

National LeagueEdit

First DivisionEdit

Pos Team P W L F A Pts
1 Cinzano Crystal Palace 18 18 0 1869 1351 36
2 Manchester ATS Giants 18 15 3 1598 1414 33
3 Milton Keynes Embassy All-Stars 18 12 6 1605 1398 30
4 Doncaster Wilson Panthers 18 12 6 1552 1487 30
5 Coventry Team Fiat 18 10 8 1669 1528 28
6 Bowmer & Kirkland Loughborough All-Stars 18 8 10 1476 1523 26
7 Wicksteed-Magnet Metros 18 7 11 1506 1521 25
8 Bedford Vauxhall Motors 18 4 14 1479 1680 22
9 Avenue 18 3 15 1207 1553 21
10 Durham StrongArm Aycliff 18 1 17 1439 1945 19

Second DivisionEdit

Pos Team P W L F A Pts
1 Stockport Belgrade 20 18 2 1673 1358 38
2 Exeter St Lukes All Stars 20 18 2 1801 1467 38
3 Miles Mustangs 20 13 7 1805 1703 33
4 EPAB Sunderland 20 13 7 1646 1485 33
5 Birmingham Bulldogs 20 11 9 1607 1552 31
6 Seense Oxford Sonics 20 10 10 1538 1477 30
7 KCA Bury 20 8 12 1687 1722 28
8 Malory Lewisham 20 7 13 1622 1709 27
9 Nottingham 20 6 14 1567 1821 26
10 Derby CFE 20 4 16 1368 1522 24
11 Leeds Larsen Lions 20 2 18 1410 1944 22

National Cup FinalEdit

Cinzano Crystal Palace 9190 Milton Keynes Embassy All-Stars
Pts: Mark Saiers 26, Paul Philp 20, Jim Guymon ??, Vic Tinsley ?? Pts: Pete Sprogis 29, Earl Hogue 22, Jerry Walker 17, Stuart Turpie, John Belk
Wembley

Leading scorersEdit

Player Team Pts
Allen Bunting Metros 539
Jim Guymon Crystal Palace 500
Darnell Harrell Coventry 494
Kenny Pemberton Bedford 403
Earl Hogue Embassy All-Stars 402
Mark Saiers Crystal Palace 392
Wayne Metzger Doncaster 387
Jeff Jones Manchester 362
Jerry Walker Embassy All-Stars 357
John Miller Manchester 356

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