The 2015-16 season tips-off tomorrow as the McDonald’s Nottingham Hoods take on Ipswich Basketball in the Group Stages of the Patron’s Cup at 8pm, Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Greenwood Road, Bakersfield, NG3 7EB.
The Patron’s Cup is played for by all Men’s Division 2 teams. The teams play in 4 pools in a round-robin league competition, with the top seeds qualifying for the knockout rounds. The Hoods have been drawn against Ipswich Basketball and Loughborough Student Riders.
This is the first time a Nottingham based team will be competing in the competition since the all-conquering Nottingham Knights team of 2005, which won the League, Patrons Cup and National Championship – the first team to win the clean sweep of trophies.
Last season, Ipswich topped their Patron’s Cup group and finished 3rd in the league, just missing out on promotion, so GM Lee English knows the task ahead of his club, “Ipswich are a very well coached, and well drilled team with a very talented group of players. This will be a real marker as to how we are going to front up to life in Division 2. I am excited to get going again, we have a great group of players and a huge fan base supporting us, so get down early on Saturday and make some noise for your Nottingham Hoods!”