1992–93 British Basketball League season

The 1992–1993 BBL season was the sixth season of the British Basketball League (known as the Carlsberg League for sponsorship reasons) since its establishment in 1987. The first division featuring a total of 12 teams, playing 33 games each increased in number by one following the admittance of the Oldham Celtics. The Kingston Kings moved from the Tolworth Leisure Centre to new home in Guildford at the Spectrum Arena and became the Guildford Kings.[1]

1992–93 British Basketball League season
LeagueBritish Basketball League
SportBasketball
Number of teams12
Roll of Honour
BBL championsWorthing Bears
Play Off's championsWorthing Bears
National Cup championsGuildford Kings
BBL Trophy championsThames Valley Tigers
British Basketball League seasons

Worthing Bears were the dominant force in the regular season and sustained their momentum in the post-season Play-off, claiming silverware in both competitions.[2] Their closest rivals were Thames Valley Tigers, who had to settle for second place but were able to enjoy some glory by lifting the League Trophy following a win in the final over the Guildford Kings.

Carlsberg League Division One (Tier 1)Edit

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L % Pts
1 Worthing Bears 33 31 2 0.939 62
2 Thames Valley Tigers 33 28 5 0.848 56
3 London Towers 33 25 8 0.757 50
4 Guildford Kings 33 25 8 0.757 50
5 Birmingham Bullets 33 17 16 0.515 34
6 Derby Bucks 33 14 19 0.424 28
7 Oldham Celtics 33 14 19 0.424 28
8 Leicester City Riders 33 12 21 0.363 24
9 Manchester Giants 33 12 21 0.363 24
10 Cheshire Jets 33 10 23 0.303 20
11 Sunderland Saints 33 6 27 0.182 12
12 Hemel Royals 33 4 29 0.121 8
= League winners
= Qualified for the Play-offs

The Play-offsEdit

Quarter-finalsEdit

(1) Worthing Bears vs. (8) Leicester City Riders

Worthing Bears 94–84 Leicester City Riders
Worthing win series, 2–0

(2) Thames Valley Tigers vs. (7) Oldham Celtics

Thames Valley Tigers 98–86 Oldham Celtics
Thames Valley win series, 2–0

(3) London Towers vs. (6) Derby Bucks

Derby Bucks 93–95 (OT) London Towers
London Towers 97–93 Derby Bucks
London win series, 2–1

(4) Guildford Kings vs. (5) Birmingham Bullets

Guildford Kings 82–75 Birmingham Bullets
Guildford win series, 2–1

Semi-finalsEdit

1 May 1993
Worthing Bears 74–73 Guildford Kings

FinalEdit

2 May 1993[3]
Worthing Bears 75–74 Thames Valley Tigers
Pts: Colin Irish, Steve Nelson, Alan Cunningham, Kalpatrick Wells, Mark Hubbard, Cleave Lewis Pts: Mike Obaseki, Lester James, Nigel Lloyd, Nick Cooke
Wembley Arena, London
Attendance: ?
Worthing Coach Alan Cunningham
Thames Valley Coach Mick Bett

National League Division 2 (Tier 2)Edit

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L % Pts
1 Doncaster Panthers 22 20 2 0.909 40
2 Middlesbrough 22 17 5 0.773 34
3 Crystal Palace 22 16 6 0.728 32
4 Ware Rebels 22 14 8 0.636 28
5 Cardiff Heat 22 13 9 0.591 26
6 Coventry Crusaders 22 11 11 0.500 22
7 Brixton TopCats 22 11 11 0.500 22
8 Bury Lobos 22 10 12 0.455 20
9 Plymouth Raiders 22 9 13 0.409 18
10 Solent Stars 22 5 17 0.227 10
11 Lewisham Lightning 22 3 19 0.136 6
12 Barnsley Generals 22 3 19 0.136 6
= League winners

National League Division 3 (Tier 3)Edit

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L % Pts
1 Sheffield Forgers 20 15 5 0.750 30
2 Sedgefield Racers 20 14 6 0.700 28
3 Liverpool Atac 20 13 7 0.650 26
4 Guildford Storm 20 13 7 0.650 26
5 Swindon Sonics 20 13 7 0.650 26
6 South London Elephants 20 12 8 0.600 24
7 Leicester Falcons 20 11 9 0.550 22
8 Stevenage Phoenix 20 8 12 0.400 16
9 Chiltern Fastbreak 20 6 14 0.300 12
10 Camberley Eagles 20 3 17 0.150 6
11 Mid Sussex Magic 20 2 18 0.100 4
= League winners

National CupEdit

Third RoundEdit

Team 1 Team 2 Score
Derby Bucks Oldham Celtics 92-84
Hemel Hempstead Royals Ware Rebels 93-96
Thames Valley Tigers Sunderland Saints 96-78
Worthing Bears Plymouth Raiders 131-79
Birmingham Bullets Manchester Giants 73-82
Cheshire Jets London Towers 85-74
Doncaster Panthers Leicester City Riders 88-93
Crystal Palace Guildford Kings

Quarter FinalsEdit

Team 1 Team 2 Score
Ware Rebels Worthing Bears 62-92
Cheshire Jets Thames Valley Tigers 71-76
Manchester Giants Guildford Kings 57-91
Derby Bucks Leicester City Riders 71-115

Semi FinalsEdit

Team 1 Team 2 1st Leg 2nd Leg
Guildford Kings Thames Valley Tigers 83-81 84-83
Leicester City Riders Worthing Bears 99-100 77-90

FinalEdit

28 February 1993[4]
Guildford Kings 82–72 Worthing Bears
Pts: Trevor Gordon 24, Carl Miller 20, Karl Brown 10 Pts: Colin Irish 19, Mark Hubbard 18, Mike Spaid 16
Doncaster Dome
Attendance: 2,000
Guildford Coach Kevin Cadle
Worthing Coach Alan Cunningham

NatWest TrophyEdit

Group stageEdit

North Group 1

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.Derby Bucks 4 2 2 0 1.000
2.Sunderland Saints 2 2 1 1 0.500
3.Oldham Celtics 0 2 0 2 0.000

North Group 2

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.Leicester City Riders 4 2 2 0 1.000
2.Manchester Giants 2 2 1 1 0.500
3.Chester Jets 0 2 0 2 0.000

South Group 1

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.Thames Valley Tigers 4 2 2 0 1.000
2.Birmingham Bullets 2 2 1 1 0.500
3.London Towers 0 2 0 2 0.000

South Group 2

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.Guildford Kings 4 2 2 0 1.000
2.Worthing Bears 2 2 1 1 0.500
3.Hemel Royals 0 2 0 2 0.000

Semi-finalsEdit

Derby Bucks vs. Guildford Kings

Guildford Kings 85–84 Derby Bucks
Guildford win on aggregate, 209–176

Leicester City Riders vs. Thames Valley Tigers

Thames Valley Tigers 114–98 Leicester City Riders
Thames Valley win on aggregate, 177–172

FinalEdit

17 January 1993[5]
Thames Valley Tigers 91–84 Guildford Kings
Pts: Lester James (MVP) 24, Nigel Lloyd 17, Kevin St Kitts, Mike Obaseki, Michael Hayles Pts: Trevor Gordon 24 Alton Byrd 20, Martin Henlan, Carl Miller
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Attendance: ?
Thames Valley Coach Mick Bett
Guildford Coach Kevin Cadle

Seasonal awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""Kingston change name for move to new home." Times [London, England] 4 Aug. 1992". The Times Digital Archive.
  2. ^ BBL Media Guide 2003/04, page 13
  3. ^ "Nicholas Harling. "Worthing take point decision." Times [London, England] 3 May 1993". The Times Digital Archive.
  4. ^ ""For the Record." Times [London, England] 1 Mar. 1993". The Times Digital Archive.
  5. ^ "Nicholas Harling. "Tigers profit from Kings' misfortune." Times [London, England] 18 Jan. 1993". The Times Digital Archive.
Preceded by BBL seasons
1992–93
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