Medway Park stages national playoffs

Action photo from game bewteen Manchester Mystics and Solent Suns at Medway ParkBasketball teams from across the country travelled to Medway Park for their national league playoff finals.

An exciting day of competition at the Gillingham venue saw eight teams do battle in four finals. It was the first time England Basketball had staged a national league tournament at Medway Park.

The first match of the day was the final of the Founders Cup, a national non-league competition.

It featured the London Rocco's Raiders taking on previous winners and perennial finalists, the Kingston Wildcats. It was a hard-fought game that was eventually clinched by the Raiders 79 points to 70.

The next match on court was the National League Men's Division 4 playoff final between the Warrington Wolves and the Canary Wharf Baltic Staff, a team of Lithuanian players based in London.

Photo of Canary Wharf Baltic Staff throwing their coach in the air at Medway ParkA packed crowd witness a nail-biting final that was won by the Lithuanian players by just two points, a win that sparked jubilant scenes as fans invaded the court and the coach was thrown into the air in celebration.

The only women's match of the day was the Division 2 final between the Manchester Mystics and the Solent Suns. The match, which featured a number of international players, was won by the Manchester outfit 73 points to 58.

The climax of the competition came with the Men's Division 3 playoff final between the Birmingham Mets and London Westside. It was another tense affair that was eventually won by London Westside by 76 points to 70.

Reflecting on the success of the day, England Basketball events manager Graham Blankley said: "It was an excellent event. Thanks and appreciation must go to all involved in hosting the event."

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