For the second season in a row, season, City of Edinburgh Kings U18 Men have forgone their league season in SBC to instead compete in the BasketballEngland NBL Premier North, after being promoted from their conference last season.
A tough season was in store for Kings, a season full of highs and lows. A season with History. They hosted the first ever Premier NBL game in Scotland. Success was found as progress was made in the players, who lifted the Scottish Cup this season, and developed into elite level players.
A tough season finished with a 9-7 record, good for 4th place in their Northern Conference and clinching a playoff berth.
As with the two conferences, once in Playoffs, it then moves Nation wide. Edinburgh were seeded high enough for a first round home tie against West Lancs Carmel of the North West Division.
West Lancs finished the season 17-1 from the league in the North West Conference, a division below Kings. More history was made as they demolished their opponent 93-58 behind a roaring ‘Porty’ crowd, historic as they ventured where no Scottish team had ventured before.
Kings U18s Advance to the last 16 of the playoffs!
That win earned them a road trip to Team Solent Kestrels, Southampton. The 9-13 Kestrels finished 8th in the Premier South and took down Oakland Wolves 61-48 in the first round of the Playoffs.
Representing a nation of their own, Kings will be trailblazing for Clubs in the future. Kings head coach, Craig Nicol, told The Church of Hoops,