British Basketball League Regular Season
Established just two years ago in the county of Devon, the Plymouth City Patriots are the league’s youngest team. The unfortunate demise of the county’s former BBL team, the Plymouth Raiders, led to the birth of the Patriots and a new era of professional basketball.
In their inaugural season, the Patriots clinched the 8th spot in the league but were knocked out of the first round of the playoffs. Plymouth was also knocked out of the BBL Trophy quarterfinals and the BBL Cup preliminary stage.
Plymouth is led by 2007 British Basketball Coach of the Year, Paul James. A veteran of 27 years in the head coach’s role, Paul James has coached some of the most respected squads in BBL history. These include Thames Valley Tigers and later the Guildford Heat, with whom he won the BBL Cup and league titles and led through its 2008/09 EuroCup (FKA ULEB Cup) journey.
The London Lions lead the regular season series 3-0. In their recent encounter, the Lions put 102 points past the Patriots at the Plymouth Pavilions.
Sam Dekker led the way with 18 points, eight assists, two rebounds and two steals whilst shooting 57.1% (4/7) from 3-point range. Dunking highlight reel, Josh Sharma, followed suit with 15 points, three blocks and five rebounds.