A weekend that makes playing and watching basketball worthwhile. This is why you prepare well, practice hard and perform right.


Leicester Riders v Esh Group Eagles Newcastle

Details: Friday 09 December, Leicester Arena, 7:45pm – BBL Championship

Watch: LIVE and for FREE on the BBC Sport website and app from 7:30pm

Summary: The top two in the league meet for the first time this season to renew their fierce rivalry of recent years, live on BBC Sport. Newcastle head into the game on the back of a loss against Plymouth, while Leicester defeated Bristol last time out having previously lost two on the bounce.

Last Season: Riders 3-0 Eagles (4-1 all comps)

Joe Hart, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle guard – “I’m excited to be playing on the BBC after watching last week’s game between Bristol and Worcester.

“It seems like over the last couple of years Newcastle and Leicester have been the power houses of the league so I’m happy that I get to play apart in this rivalry.

“You’re going to see a hard fought game with a lot of focus put on the defensive end.”


London Lions v Esh Group Eagles Newcastle
(BBL Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg)

Details: Sunday 11 December, Copper Box Arena, 4pm

Watch: Live along with every BBL game this season at LiveBasketball.tv

Summary: Two teams who have made strong starts to the season meet for the third time as they battle for the right to play Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Cup Final. So far, it’s been the team on the road that has come out on top and the first leg could prove important leading into next week’s second leg at Sport Central.

Season Record: Lions 1-1 Eagles

Joe Hart, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle guard – “With the Cup being only two games and not a playoff series, the first game is incredibly important. We will be looking to take game two to Newcastle with a lead.”

Next Friday Back Home

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v London Lions
(BBL Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg)

After another away game double-header weekend for our Eagles they return home to play the London Lions in the 2nd Leg of the BBL Cup Semi-Finals on Friday 16th December at Sport Central.

Be At The Game: Get your tickets now and don’t miss one of the biggest games of the season!