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Last update: 10/29/21 9:28 PM

Defending champion Leicester Raiders have reported live coverage of the 2021/22 BBL Championship against Newcastle Eagles on Friday night.

It’s time for your weekly local basketball fix as Leicester and Newcastle take on a stellar start to the championship season on Sky Sports as the BBL’s two most successful teams meet in the East Midlands.

Leicester won their fifth championship title last year, and once again inspired by their title MVP Geno Crandall, will host the Eagles at the Morningside Arena in one of the BBL’s most competitive competitions.

Sky Sports BBL coverage

October 29 Leicester Raiders – Newcastle Eagles
November 5 London Lions vs Cheshire Phoenix
November 12 Manchester Giants x Cheshire Phoenix
November 19 Glasgow Rocks vs Bristol Flyers
November 26 Newcastle Eagles x Sheffield Sharks
December 3 Newcastle Eagles x London Lions
December 10 Manchester Giants vs Glasgow Rocks
December 17 Leicester Raiders – Newcastle Eagles
January 14 Plymouth City Patriots vs Surrey Scorers
January 21 Sheffield Sharks vs Bristol Flyers
January 30 W/BBL Cup Final
February 4 London Lions – Leicester Raiders
February 11 Leicester Raiders – Manchester Giants
February 18 Newcastle Eagles x Glasgow Rocks
February 25 Sheffield Sharks vs Surrey Scorers

Newcastle were among the silver medalists last season, winning the BBL Playoffs and the BBL Cup, and they have Rahmon Fletcher – last season’s points lead – to lead the challenge.

Former GB international Kieron Achara has previewed the season for Sky Sports and will be part of the live coverage from 7pm.

“The amazing thing about this league is the unpredictability, we’ve made so many changes – players come and go,” he said.

“Hopefully there are no injuries but that’s part of the match, injuries happen. London will also be competing in Europe this year – does that change the dynamic and motivation this season?

“As much as I say London are the favourites, they are unpredictable. I hope we can have a season like last year when trophies spread. It would be good to see other teams win some trophies as well and take them back to their respective clubs.”

The BBL action returns to Sky Sports on Friday 29 October when the League Cup winner Leicester Raiders face the 2021 Cup and Playoff champion Newcastle Eagles – coverage begins at 7pm, with tip at 7.30pm

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