GAME PREVIEW: D1 Rebels Men vs Bradford Dragons | Rebels Women vs Durham Palatinates| D3 Rebels Men vs Nottingham Trent Hoods

April 11, 2024

Get ready for another exciting basketball weekend as the Essex Rebels gear up for a series of crucial matchups. With two intense playoff games on Saturday and a WBBL league game on Sunday, the Essex Sport Arena is set to be the battleground for some high-stakes basketball action.

Saturday Doubleheader: Essex Rebels D1 and D3 Men in NBL Playoff Quarterfinals

On Saturday, the Essex Rebels D1 and D3 Men squads take centre stage as they enter the playoff quarterfinals at the Essex Sport Arena. It’s a do-or-die situation as both teams face tough opponents in the Bradford Dragons and the Nottingham Trent Hoods respectively.

Essex Rebels D3 Men vs Nottingham Trent Hoods | 4PM

First up at 4pm, the South-East Division D3 Champions and overall top seed in the Division 3 playoffs will take on ninth-seed Nottingham Trent Hoods in a pivotal matchup aiming to secure a spot in the playoff semi-finals. Fresh off a hard-fought victory against a well-coached Tees Valley team, the Rebels will be looking to extend their winning streak and move one step closer to the ultimate goal, the NBL Division 3 title.

Coach Maiden commenting on the game, stated,

Saturday will be a special day for the club. A men’s playoff double header is exciting for all involved and we will need every bit of support from our amazing home fans to help us get the win! We’ve worked hard to get to this position and are proud of our achievements so far, but we are hungry for more and want this playoff title!

Essex Rebels D1 Men vs Bradford Dragons | 6.30PM

The day will continue with the Essex Rebels D1 men facing off against Bradford Dragons in the NBL Division 1 playoff quarterfinals at 6.30pm. Despite securing victories in both encounters during the regular season, this upcoming match promises to be a challenging test. With a record of 11 wins and 13 losses, the Dragons have proven themselves to be a resilient opponent for teams in the league.

Keep an eye on key players like Bradford’s leading scorer Ronald Blain, who has been averaging an impressive 23.9 points per game since joining the team in January, alongside Justin Williams, who boasts an average of 19 points per game. To secure

the victory and a spot in the NBL Division 1 playoff semi-finals for the first time in club history, the Rebels will have to play solid defensive for 40 minutes and effectively neutralise the offensive threats posed by Blain and Williams.

Entering the playoffs with confidence and momentum after winning two of their last three games, the Rebels are in excellent form and are ready to make their mark on the postseason. With the entire club rallying behind them, they are determined to seize this opportunity and make history on the court.

Coach Norfolk commented:

It’s been a great regular season. To finish on the same points as Derby and only missing out on the championship because of the head to head is tough but it shows the growth in the programme and the commitment the guys have made. We now look forward to welcoming Bradford to the Essex sport arena in the quarter finals of the playoffs. Bradford are a tough team with experienced players that have been in these situations before. We focus on the scout and be prepared for a battle!

The atmosphere is bound to be electric as the Rebels battle it out on the court, fuelled by your energy, our loyal fans. No doubt the players will leave it all on the floor, but we need you in the Essex Sport Arena cheering the Rebels to victory.

Sunday Showcase: Essex Rebels Women vs. Durham Palatinates | 4PM

On Sunday, the spotlight shifts to the Essex Rebels Women as they prepare to take on the Durham Palatinates in a pivotal WBBL regular-season showdown. Despite encountering a challenging stretch marked by injuries, which have led to a series of defeats in four out of their last five games, the Rebels are determined to return to their winning ways.

In the previous matchup between the two sides, the Rebels emerged victorious with a narrow 74-79 win, showcasing their determination on the court. As the Rebels prepare for the rematch, they know that controlling Janika Griffith Wallace, who scored a game high 28 points in the first game, will be crucial to securing the victory.

With tip off at 4pm, we are calling upon our dedicated Rebels fans to rally behind the team in full force. Let’s fill the stands with cheers and support the Essex Rebels women as they look to demonstrate their resilience in the face of adversity and secure the victory!

Coach Cookson commenting on the game, stated,

Durham has given us some problems this season in both the WBBL and BUCS competitions. We expect no different this week and will be looking to right the wrongs of our BUCS finals loss. I’ve been proud of our teams resilience and adaptation in this part of the season, playing through big changes in our line-up due to injuries. All these experiences will serve us well moving into the play-offs and I’m confident we can put together a good 40minutes this Sunday.

Join us at the Essex Sport Arena this weekend and get behind your Essex Rebels! Let’s come together as one and back our teams as they look to make history. As the season is winding down, don’t miss out to see your Rebels in action!

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