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Britain’s best student basketball players are in town this weekend as UEL hosts the BUCS Final 8’s on 14 and 15 March at UEL’s SportsDock.
The UEL Basketball Men’s 1st team closed their BUCS Premier South season undefeated and victory in the BUCS Final 8’s would see them in the final, on 25 March in Loughborough.
The UEL side, with Brunel, Northumbria and Loughborough, were given automatic admission to the elite competition after coming first and second in their respective leagues. They were joined by the final four teams; Worcester, Durham, Sheffield Hallam and Leeds Beckett after they won their play-offs against the remaining southern teams.
Despite the UEL team being an unknown factor, captain Dougie Bennett has had the final in his sights from the start.
“Our goal is to win everything, it has to be to win everything,” says Bennett. “We relish the fact that we are the unknowns in this competition. It makes us even hungrier for victory.”
UEL will first play Durham University, who won their play-off match against Oxford 115-46. Durham won only four of their 10 games in the Premier North league.
“We have had another very successful season and to be undefeated in the Premier South is a fantastic achievement for our first year in the league,” said Jonathan Campbell, UEL Head Coach. “We’ve had a fantastic group of players who have led the way in how we’ve played and worked this year, and they deserve all the praise for the hard work that has created this success.”
Campbell says that the players certainly feel the job is not done until they get through final 8’s as they all have the goal of getting to the final.
“We are all very proud of what we have accomplished so far but we have high expectations of each other and what we can achieve,” said Campbell. “We are preparing well for final 8’s and feel we are looking forward to our first game vs Durham.”
This quarter-final game will take place at 1pm on 14 March.
The team are keen for supporters to get behind them. The event – and parking – are free.
Notes to Editors
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