Following the increased measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, Basketball England and BUCS have canceled all outstanding fixtures for affiliated basketball events bringing the conclusion to the 19/20 season.
All fixtures scheduled after 13th March have been cancelled. Our National League Division 2 side were due to play Derbyshire Spartans on Sunday 15th March and Newcastle Knights on Sunday 22nd March. For these games, the two points usually awarded for a win are split between the two sides, awarding each side one point. As such, Chester receives a total of two points from the remaining two games.
With the additional points for unplayed games, Chester finishes in 7th in their first season in National Basketball League Division 2, with a 44% win record, and achieves the goal of securing Division 2 basketball for another season.
Chester came close to exceeding their aim. Chris Leonard’s side were just two wins from a top 4 finish, in a season where they were outscored by 10 or less in eight of their losses.
Coach Chris Leonard said:
It was an unfortunate way to end the season, as we competed hard in every game and would have liked the chance for a couple more wins. It didn’t work out that way, though, so we now need to use the available time to reflect and recover. As a group, we feel that if we hadn’t suffered injuries to a couple of key players, a top 4 playoff position was a real possibility. Unfortunately, though, it’s rare for any team to make it through a basketball season completely healthy, so we now look ahead and make sure we’re all ready when it’s the right time for us to play again.Coach Chris Leonard, Head Coach of the University of Chester First Team
As for BUCS competitions; all teams completed regular season BUCS fixtures. The women’s team and the men’s second team finished 4th in their respective leagues. The men’s first team were crowned Champions of the Northern Division 1A.
In winning the BUCS Northern Division 1A, the men’s first team were due to compete in a four-team playoff for a place in the BUCS Northern Premier Division – the highest level university basketball in Britain. In light of the current circumstances, it is not possible for the playoffs to take place as normal. Alternative arrangements are being considered by BUCS.