1979–80 National Basketball League season

The 1979–80 Rotary Watches National Basketball League season was the eighth season of the National Basketball League.[1]

1979–80 National Basketball League season
LeagueNational Basketball League
SportBasketball
Number of teams10
Roll of Honour
National League championsCrystal Palace Chevrons
  National League runners-upDoncaster Ziebart Panthers
Play-offs championsCrystal Palace Chevrons
  Play-offs runners-upCoventry Team Fiat
National Cup championsCrystal Palace Chevrons
  National Cup runners-upDoncaster Ziebart Panthers
National Basketball League seasons

The league was sponsored by Rotary Watches for the second consecutive year and Crystal Palace won an unprecedented treble of League, Playoffs and National Cup. Crystal Palace were helped by Alton Byrd, who would become the best known name in British basketball and pick up the season MVP award.[2]

Team changes edit

Malcolm Chamberlain, the owner of the London Metros uprooted the team, relocating from London to Kingston upon Thames and the Tolworth Recreation Centre, rebranding as Kingston. With their added sponsorship they would be known as Kelly Girls International Kingston. Guildford Pirates, the NBL Division 2 champions, joined the league and following a sponsorship deal would be Team Talbot, Guildford. Runners-up Hemel Hempstead also joined the league and would be known as Hemel Hempstead Ovaltine playing at Bletchley Leisure Centre. The Blackpool Pacemakers completed the newcomers to the league. The Milton Keynes All-Stars, Loughborough All-Stars, Exeter St Lukes TSB and Bracknell Bullets all dropped out.

National League standings edit

Division One edit

Pos Team P W L F A Pts
1 Crystal Palace Chevrons 18 18 0 1936 1498 36
2 Doncaster Ziebart Panthers 18 14 4 1751 1673 28
3 Coventry Team Fiat 18 14 4 1788 1644 28
4 Hemel Hempstead Ovaltine 18 12 6 1686 1634 24
5 Kelly Girls International Kingston 18 10 8 1836 1702 20
6 Sunderland Sunblest 18 9 9 1672 1683 18
7 Stockport Belgrade 18 5 13 1763 1874 9
8 Manchester ATS Giants 18 3 15 1533 1754 6
9 Blackpool Pacemakers 18 3 15 1612 1839 6
10 Team Talbot, Guildford Pirates 18 2 16 1592 1873 4

Division Two edit

Pos Team P W L F A Pts
1 Nottingham 14 11 3 1269 1155 22
2 Camden & Hampstead 14 11 3 1449 1327 22
3 Leeds Larsen Lions 14 11 3 1346 1218 22
4 Brighton 14 8 6 1332 1290 16
5 Exeter St Lukes 14 7 7 1311 1287 14
6 Team Hemeling Birmingham 14 3 11 1334 1467 6
7 Plymouth Panasonic 14 3 11 1261 1396 6
8 Brunel Ducks 14 2 12 1253 1435 4

Rotary Watches playoffs edit

Semi-finals edit

venue & date Team 1 Team 2 Score
March 14, Wembley Arena Doncaster Ziebart Panthers Coventry Team Fiat 84-100
March 14, Wembley Arena Crystal Palace Chevrons Hemel Hempstead Ovaltine 98-75

Third Place edit

venue & date Team 1 Team 2 Score
March 15, Wembley Arena Doncaster Ziebart Panthers Hemel Hempstead Ovaltine 84-75

Final edit

15 March
Crystal Palace Chevrons 9385 Coventry Team Fiat
Pts: Mark Saiers 26 Pts: Greg White (MVP) 38

[3]

Butlins National Cup Final edit

25 January 1980
Crystal Palace Chevrons 9767 Doncaster Ziebart Panthers
Pts: Peter Jeremich 21, Mark Saiers 17
Sheffield

References edit

  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]
  3. ^ "Nicholas Harling. "Basketball." Times [London, England] 17 Mar. 1980". The Times Digital Archive.

See also edit