The McDonald’s Nottingham Hoods are entering the key part of the season and have an exciting but tough weekend of fixtures this weekend.
First up at 2.00pm at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena are the Junior Hoods u14. Currently sitting in 4th place in the league with a 10&6 record, they have had an amazing start to life in the National Leagues. A win against Leicester Warriors, who sit in 2nd on a 13&3 record will go a long way to guaranteeing a play-off place for Coach Franchi and his talented team of youngsters. Please get down to the arena and support the future of Nottingham Basketball – entrance is free.
Next up at 6.30pm is the start of a tough double header for the Senior Men, who are on a recent run of form and remain undefeated at home in league play since March 2014. Sitting 4th in the league on a 10&4 record, they have a real chance of making the play-offs in their first season in Division 2. First up is the renowned Brixton Topcats, which has produced some of this country’s greatest basketball players. They are in 9th position with a 4&10 record, but are within a sniff of the play-offs and will want to grab a confidence boosting away win. The last time these teams met, Hoods ran out 44-69 winners.
On Sunday, the Hoods go on the road to Ipswich basketball, a very talented and extremely physical team, sitting on a 8&7 record . They have a home game on Saturday so will be much more refreshed than the Hoods and comfortable in the arena and are currently on a 3 game losing streak after an impressive start to the season. The two teams have met twice before in the Patrons Cup, with each team taking an away win. Ipswich won the first game 70-87 in what was the Hoods first taste of Patron’s Cup action, before the Hoods avenged that defeat with a 61-79 away victory.
The final game of the weekend sees the Junior Hoods u18 making the short trip to take on Leicester Dynamite. Dynamite have been almost unstoppable this season and sit at the top of the league with a 16&1 record. The Hoods are just behind them though with an 11&4 record and a win would for the visitors would send shockwaves through the league. The last time the two teams met was early in the season, with Dynamite taking a comfortable 57-94 victory, but the Hoods team has come a long way since then. It will be a tough game, but the youngsters will be ready.
We would like to pack the house out on Saturday night for the Senior Men, with a tip off at 6.30pm at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Greenwood Road, Bakersfield. NG3 7EB, but invite you to watch the Junior teams wherever you are able as they are highly talented individuals.