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Liverpool Basketball Club

Local Development for National Success

In the 1989/90 season England Basketball incorporated the Regional Leagues into the National League structure as a Regional 3rd Division, the Club (as ‘Liverpool Atac’) winning the North West Regional Division and in the 1991/92 season reaching the Division 3 Play-off Final to gain promotion to Division 2.

After 4 seasons in Division 2, promotion to Division 1 was gained in the 1996/97 season.

Unfortunately the team found that they could not compete in Division 1 and dropped back to Division 2 the following season.

In the early 2000’s the Club moved operations from EPSC to the newly constructed Greenbank Sports Academy in the south of Liverpool adjacent to Sefton Park, running teams in the U16, U18 and Men’s National League divisions.

A team re-organisation, with a new Coach and player recruitment, saw the Men’s team promoted back to Division 1 for the 2000/2001 season, but history repeated itself and the following season the team was back in the 2nd Division, falling to the 3rd Division for 2002/2003.

Another change of Coach and player recruitment saw the Men’s team winning the 3rd Division and end of season Play-Offs to regain Division 2 status for the 2003/2004 season. In that season the team finished 3rd in the Division. In the 2005/2006 season the team finished 5th, but also won the Patrons Cup competition.

A further move was made in the late 2000’s, to the Walton Hall Sports Centre. Youth development was maintained and an U14 team started.

By the 2008/2009 season the Men’s team had dropped into the 4th Division - where they remained until the 2013/2014  season, when a move to the Archbishop Beck Tennis & Community Centre, a new Coach and player recruitment sparked another revival of the Club’s fortunes. The Men’s team did not lose a game all season, winning Division 4 North and the end of season Play-Off Final to become Division 4 Champions and gain promotion to Division 3 for the 2014/2015 season.

Construction of the Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College was completed by the start of the 2014/2015 season and the College provided a new Home Court and training facilities, with a good wooden floor and spectator seating, allowing the Club to step-up Home game promotions. The Club ran National League teams in U14 Boys, U18 Men,  Division 4 Men and Division 3 Men.

The U14 team finished 3rd in the North Conference and reached the U14 Championship Play-Offs, where they were beaten in the first round.
The Division 3 team won Division 3 North, only losing 2 games, and became Division 3 Champions when they defeated Solent Kestrels in the Play-Off Final at the EIS in Sheffield. They were promoted to Division 2 for the 2015/2016 season.

For the 2015/2016 season the Club ran National League teams in U14 Boys, U16 Boys, North West Development League Men and NBL Division 2 Men, with Archbishop Beck Catholic Sports College continuing as Home Court. LBC also ran an U12 team in local tournaments.

The U14 team finished 2nd in the North West Conference, beat York Eagles in the 1st Round of the U14 Championship Play-Offs and were defeated by Worthing Thunder in the Play-Off Quarter Finals.

The NBL Division 2 team had a tough season, only winning 12 of their 22 League games and finishing in 7th place.

This set-up a Play-Off Quarter Final away to Loughborough Student Riders, who had finished in 2nd place in the Division. Liverpool defeated them by 7 points to set-up a Home Play-Off Semi Final against London Greenhouse Pioneers, whom they defeated by 1 point in overtime.
The Play-Off Finals were held in the new Basketball Performance Centre, Belle Vue, Manchester.
Liverpool’s opponents were Solent Kestrels - who had won the 2nd Division.
Liverpool defeated them by 5 points in overtime to become 2015/2016 Division 2 Play-Off Champions.

2016/2017 Season

For the 2016/2017 Season, teams were run in the U14, U16 and U18 North West Regional Divisions of the NBL as well as a Senior Mens team in NBL Division 2.

The senior U16 team and the U18 team won their respective NW Divisions and both reached the 2nd Round of the Play-Offs, where they were defeated by Trafford Magic and Leicester Riders, respectively.

The NBL Division 2 team had to be rebuilt under a new Coach, losing the majority of players & the Coach pre-season. After a very tough season they managed to retain their place in NBL Division 2, finishing 10th (out of 12) in the Division.

 

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