Wheelchair Basketball Junior League finalists decided
A fierce day of competitive wheelchair basketball took place on Saturday (21 April) at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield, as teams from across the country competed in the first ever Elite 8s tournament.
Under a new format introduced for the Lord's Taverners Wheelchair Basketball Junior League this year, eight teams out of the 20 that enter the tournament nationally will qualify for the Elite 8s with the top two teams from the competition securing their place in a one off national final on 26 May.
The eight teams who made it to Saturday's competition were Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy (CWBA), Jaguars, Lancaster Spinners, Northern Ireland Juniors, Norwich Lowriders, Sheffield Steelers, Thames Valley Kings and Tornados.
The competition was a straight knockout starting at the quarter-final stage, which saw CWBA, Lancaster Spinners, Northern Ireland and Sheffield Steelers progress to the semi-finals in some high scoring matches.
The semi-finals saw CWBA take on Lancaster Spinners, and it was the Coventry based side who triumphed 48-36 having seen off a strong fight back in the final quarter. The second semi-final was a tight affair between Northern Ireland and Sheffield, with scores level at half time, before the Steelers edged the second half to win 64-58.
The two winning sides, CWBA and the Sheffield Steelers, will now progress to the national final, which will be held at the EIS on 26 May, with the Steelers hoping that home advantage will be the deciding factor.
The final standings were:
2nd: Sheffield Steelers
3rd: Lancaster Spinners
4th: Northern Ireland
5th: Thames Valley Kings
6th: Norwich Lowriders
Full match stats can be found here.
Read more about the Lord's Taverners involvement in wheelchair sports here.