UEL's shooting stars finish top of the league
UEL’s Men’s 1st basketball team have won the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier South, the highest league in University Basketball in the South with a game in hand. The triumph – in the team’s first season in the BUCS South Premier – was secured with a 35-point victory over runners-up Brunel University.
The team have only lost one game in the past three years and also won the South Eastern Conference Cup in 2012/2013,
“Winning the South Premier is a huge achievement,” said Dougie Bennett, Men’s 1st captain. “But this is only a stepping stone toward our ultimate goal- the BUCS Final 8’s.”
Since Head coach, JP Campbell, has been in position he has seen the Basketball programme at UEL grow from strength to strength.
“Our aim this season was to finish undefeated, so this win was crucial,” he said.
“I have been working towards this for the past four years,” said Dougie, who said the team draw their inspiration from their head coach.
“Since I started in 2011, UEL have been promoted each season and winning the South Premier has been a cultivation of all the years of hard work.”
The team are beating other teams by an average of 43 points per game with one of their stars, Lukas Winegarner, averaging 15.6 points per game.
UEL first entered BUCS in 2008/2009 and have earned promotion every season since 2010/2011. Focus will now shift to the BUCS Final 8’s where the team will face some of their toughest opponents in the North, something that they have been itching for over the past four years.
“Morale is high in the team after so far being unbeaten,” said Dougie. “We were happy with our overall performances and everything we practiced in training was replicated to perfection in the games. The road ahead will be a challenge but we are looking forward to it.”
The Final 8’s is due to take place at UEL’s SportsDock on 14 – 15 March.
Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.