Doubleheader Game Preview | D3 Men vs Chelmsford Charge | D1 Men vs Derby Trailblazers
This Saturday, The Essex Sport Arena will be the battleground for two crucial games that could shape the destiny of the NBL Division 3 and Division 1 tables come the end of the season.
The excitement kicks off with the D3 Men’s team facing off against Chelmsford Charge, followed by a heavyweight showdown as the D1 Men’s team seeks redemption against the Derby Trailblazers. Both games are top-of-the-table clashes, setting the stage for an action-packed doubleheader that you won’t want to miss.
ESSEX REBELS D3 MEN VS CHELMSFORD CHARGE | NBL DIVISION 3 | 4:00PM TIP-OFF
The Rebels D3 Men, undefeated with a perfect 10-0 record, are determined to maintain their winning streak in a local Essex derby against Chelmsford Charge.
Chelmsford Charge, positioned at 2nd place in the league, will be hungry to break the Rebels’ winning streak and make a statement as one of the teams that could challenge Rebels for the NBL Division 3 title. The rivalry between these teams promises to be an unforgettable clash to kick off the day.
WHAT COACH MAIDEN HAS TO SAY:
“We’re looking forward to trying to remain undefeated this season. This is somewhat of a local derby for us, it should be a great game for local basketball”
ESSEX REBELS D1 MEN VS DERBY TRAILBLAZERS | NBL DIVISION 1 | 6:30PM TIP-OFF
Following the D3 matchup, the Essex Rebels D1 Men return to the Essex Sport Arena for a redemption battle against the Derby Trailblazers in another top-of-the-table clash. The Rebels, with a remarkable 11-1 record so far this season, face the only team that managed to hand them a defeat in the league earlier in the season. Rebels will therefore be eager to turn the tables in this highly anticipated rematch in what is
a pivotal game that could shape the overall winners of the NBL Division 1 Table come April. Expect an intense battle in this marquee matchup.
WHAT COACH NORFOLK HAS TO SAY:
“Derby are a tough match up. They have well balanced team of experienced pro’s and new talent to the league. We have been studying film this week and have to execute the game plan. We are going to need the rebels crowd to help us secure the win this weekend.”
WHO ARE DERBY TRAILBLAZERS?
The Derby Trailblazers, established in 2000, are a semi-professional basketball club based in Derby, Derbyshire. Known for their blue and white colours, the Trailblazers have a rich history, including Division One championships in 2010 and a National Trophy triumph in 2012.
Derby Trailblazers come into this game on an impressive 10-game winning streak since an early-season loss to Nottingham Hoods on the first game of the season (100-106). Their recent victory against Nottingham Hoods at home showcases how much they have improved with a convincing 119-81 win, their highest score total of the season.
LAST TIME OUT
The last time these two teams met at the Essex Sport Arena, Rebels were on the wrong end of a tough defeat, losing 57-92. Eric Donaldson was the standout player for the Trailblazers, contributing 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Keep an eye on Sam Masten, currently ranked 3rd in the league for efficiency. Masten, a guard, joined Derby from Northern State in the US and brings a dynamic skill set, averaging 21.3 points per game. Rebel’s ability to contain him could be a key factor in deciding the ultimate winner of this game.
Mark your calendars for this basketball doubleheader, which ix possibly the most significant gameday of the season so far. Your presence can make a difference, so join us at Essex Sport Arena and help us Pack the House – Up the Rebs!
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