benecos BBL Play-Offs Preview: London City Royals v DBL Sharks Sheffield (SF)

The benecos BBL Play-Offs continue tonight as London City Royals [4] and DBL Sharks Sheffield [6] battle it out for a place in the Finals.

Thursday 09 May May 2019
(PO) DBL Sharks Sheffield v London City Royals, 7:30pm – livebasketball.tv / BBL YouTube

Saturday 11 May 2019
(PO) London City Royals v DBL Sharks Sheffield, 8pm – livebasketball.tv / BBL YouTube

DBL Sharks Sheffield were winners at The O2 Arena in 2016, while London City Royals are looking to add to their Trophy triumph in March in their first post-season venture in the BBL.

The league newcomers edged out the Sharks 2-1 in the league head-to-head including an overtime victory on the road last month as they wrapped up fourth spot. Jay Williams’ side overcame Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks in their first-ever Play-Off series with a 15-point home win in the First Leg doing the damage.

Sheffield had to bounce back from a defeat at home as they earned an impressive aggregate victory over Esh Group Eagles Newcastle with a 93-102 success at the Eagles Community Arena to advance.

Chris Alexander was the league’s third leading scorer this season with team-mate Dirk Williams just behind in fourth. The Royals have excelled with British talent with Ashley Hamilton and Matthew Bryan-Amaning making the Molten BBL All-British Team of the Year, while Hamilton was also recognised by the league’s coaches for his defensive efforts – making the Molten BBL All-Defensive Team.

QUOTES: “It’s a great challenge ahead of us, but this is what we play for. Big games, big moments with a lot on the line. I’m looking forward to going to war with my team-mates and hopefully the basketball Gods share their good grace on us and reward us for our hard work,” – Sharks guard, Mackey McKnight.

“It’s definitely a game that we have to go in both mentally and physically prepared. Although we won the head-to-head in the regular season and finished higher in the table, we now they are an opponent we can’t take lightly.

“The team are confident in our Play-Off performances so far and coach has done a great job rallying the group in preparation for these next two games.

“The chance to make it to The O2 for the Finals in our first year as a team would be historic to say the least,” – Royals guard, Ed Lucas.

Last time they met: Sharks 88-93 Royals – OT (Championship, April 2019)
Season head-to-head: Royals 2-1 Sharks