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1989–90 British Basketball League season

The 1989–1990 BBL season was the third season of the British Basketball League (known as the Carlsberg League for sponsorship reasons) since its establishment in 1987. The season featured a total of just eight teams, playing 28 games each. Due to the low number of teams, the post-season play-offs featured only the top four teams from the regular season instead of the usual top eight finishers. The future of the league was in the balance due to the waning number of teams. Livingston folded, Crystal Palace and Hemel Hempstead Watford Royals both dropped to the National League and Glasgow Rangers moved back to Kingston. There was small consolation in the formation of a new club called London Docklands (formerly Tower Hamlets) which joined the league.

1989–90 British Basketball League season
LeagueBritish Basketball League
SportBasketball
Number of teams8
Roll of Honour
BBL championsKingston
Playoffs championsKingston
National Cup championsKingston
BBL Trophy championsKingston
British Basketball League seasons

Kingston completed a clean sweep of all four trophies claiming the title and Play-off crown,[1] as well as the National Cup and NatWest League Trophy.
Oldham Celtics secured the second tier league title for a second consecutive year.

Contents

Carlsberg League (Tier 1)Edit

Final standingsEdit

Team Pts Pld W L Percentage
1. Kingston 50 28 25 3 0.892
2. Manchester Giants 42 28 21 7 0.750
3. Sunderland 76ers 40 28 20 8 0.714
4. Bracknell Tigers 40 28 20 8 0.714
5. Derby Rams 20 28 10 18 0.357
6. Leicester City Riders 14 28 7 21 0.250
7. Solent Stars 14 28 7 21 0.250
8. London Docklands 4 28 2 26 0.071
= League winners
= Qualified for the Play-offs

Play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit

Third placeEdit

FinalEdit

14 April 1990[2]
Kingston 87–82 Sunderland Saints
Pts: Alan Cunningham (MVP) 20, Martin Clark 15, Micah Blunt 12, Richard Scantlebury 10, Mike Griffiths 8, Paul Stimpson Pts: Russ Saunders 23, Clyde Vaughan 21, Scott Wilke, Ken Nottage, Steve Nelson
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Attendance: ?
Kingston coach Kevin Cadle
Sunderland coach Craig Lynch

National League Division 1 (Tier 2)Edit

Birmingham Bullets, Brixton TopCats, Bury Metros, Cheshire Jets, Corby Flyers, Crystal Palace, Gateshead Vikings, Hemel Hempstead Royals, Oldham Celtics, Plymouth Raiders, Stevenage Falcons, Worthing Bears

National League Division 2 (Tier 3)Edit

Calderdale Explorers, Cardiff Bay Buccaneers, Doncaster, Greenwich, Kirklees, Manchester, Middlesbrough, North London College, Stockport Giants, Watford Rebels

Coca-Cola National CupEdit

Quarter FinalsEdit

Team 1 Team 2 Score
Kingston Manchester Giants 102-89
Bury Lobos Bracknell Tigers 88-98
Derby Rams Solent Stars 98-82
Sunderland 76ers Stockport 137-94

Semi FinalsEdit

venue & date Team 1 Team 2 Score
London Arena, Mar 24 Kingston Bracknell Tigers 87-68
London Arena, Mar 24 Derby Rams Sunderland 76ers 79-83

FinalEdit

25 March 1990[3]
Kingston 103–78 Sunderland
Pts: Alan Cunningham 18, Richard Scantlebury 18, Micah Blunt 16, Mike Griffiths 13, Martin Clark 12, Alton Byrd 12, Matthew Cunningham, Steve Tomaschek
London Arena
Attendance: 5,800
Kingston Coach Kevin Cadle
Sunderland Coach Craig Lynch

NatWest TrophyEdit

Group stageEdit

North Group

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1. Manchester Giants 12 6 6 0 1.000
2. Sunderland 76ers 8 6 4 2 0.667
3. Leicester City Riders 4 6 2 4 0.333
4. Derby Rams 0 6 0 6 0.000

South Group

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1. Kingston 10 6 5 1 0.833
2. Bracknell Tigers 8 6 5 1 0.833
3. Solent Stars 2 6 1 5 0.166
4. London Docklands 2 6 1 5 0.166

Semi-finalsEdit

Manchester Giants vs. Sunderland 76ers

Sunderland 76ers 87–88 Manchester Giants
Manchester win on aggregate, 186–182

Kingston vs. Bracknell Tigers

Kingston 129–99 Bracknell Tigers
Kingston win on aggregate, 236–187

FinalEdit

04 December 1989[4]
Kingston 86–77 Manchester Giants
Pts: Joel Moore 25, Martin Clark 16, Alan Cunningham 12, Micah Blunt 11, Richard Scantlebury 10, Alton Byrd 10, Mike Griffiths 2 Pts: Jerry Johnson 22, Dave Gardner 19, Kris Kearney 11, Kevin St Kitts 10, Kevin Penny 7, Jason Fogerty 6, Keith Ramsey 2
Royal Albert Hall, London
Attendance: ?
Kingston coach Kevin Cadle
Manchester coach Jeff Jones

Seasonal awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BBL Media Guide 2003/04, page 14
  2. ^ "Nicholas Harling. "Cunningham's revelries rebound on Sunderland." Times [London, England] 16 Apr. 1990". The Times Digital Archive.
  3. ^ ""Kingston add a fourth honour to their list." Times [London, England] 26 Mar. 1990". The Times Digital Archive.
  4. ^ "Julian Desborough. "Cadle's words provide spark." Times [London, England] 5 Dec. 1989". The Times Digital Archive.
Preceded by
1988–89 season
BBL seasons
1989–90
Succeeded by
1990–91 season