UEL celebrate BUCS basketball title
PUBLISHED: 15:30 18 February 2015
Men clinch South Premier with game to spare
UEL’s men’s basketball team have been celebrating after clinching the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Premier South title with a game to spare.
The triumph – in the team’s first season in the top flight – was secured with a 35-point victory over nearest rivals Brunel University at SportsDock last week.
And the team have now only lost one game in the past three years, having also won the South Eastern Conference Cup in 2012/2013.
“Winning the South Premier is a huge achievement,” said captain Dougie Bennett. “But this is only a stepping stone toward our ultimate goal - the BUCS Final 8s.”
Since head coach JP Campbell has been in position he has seen the basketball programme at UEL grow from strength to strength and he was delighted with the success.
“Our aim this season was to finish undefeated, so this win was crucial,” said Campbell.
“I have been working towards this for the past four years,” added Bennett, who said the team draw their inspiration from their head coach.
“Since I started in 2011, UEL have been promoted each season and winning the South Premier has been a cultivation of all the years of hard work.”
UEL are beating other teams by an average of 43 points per game with one of their stars, Lukas Winegarner, averaging 15.6 points per game.
Having first entered the BUCS competitoin in 2008/09, they have earned promotion every season since 2010/2011.
And focus will now shift to the BUCS Final 8s, where the team will face some of their toughest opponents from the North, something that they have been itching for over the past four years.
“Morale is high in the team after being unbeaten so far,” said Bennett.
“We were happy with our overall performances and everything we practiced in training was replicated to perfection in the games. The road ahead will be a challenge, but we are looking forward to it.”
The BUCS Final 8s are due to take place at UEL’s SportsDock on March 14-15.
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