1999–2000 British Basketball League season

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1999–2000 British Basketball League season
League British Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Roll of Honour
BBL champions N Manchester Giants
S London Towers
Play Off's champions Manchester Giants
National Cup champions Sheffield Sharks
BBL Trophy champions London Towers
British Basketball League seasons
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2000-01 →

The 1999-2000 BBL season, was known as the Dairylea Dunkers Championship for sponsorship reasons, the regular season commenced on September 15, 1999, and ended on April 8, 2000, with a total of 13 teams competing. For the first time in the league’s history, the 13 teams were split into two geographically divided Conferences, seven in the North and six in the South, with northern teams playing 36 games and southern teams playing 34 games each. The season was dominated by the success of Manchester Giants, conquering the Northern Conference and Championship Play-offs, whilst London Towers were victorious in the Southern Conference and the uni-ball Trophy. Sheffield Sharks were also successful in defending their Sainsbury's Classic Cola National Cup.

London Towers featured in European competition, participating in the Saporta Cup, though with a 3-7 record they finished at the bottom of Group G and thus failed to progress beyond the Group stage. Cross-town rivals Greater London Leopards also made a brief appearance in the Korać Cup but following an 155-189 aggregate defeat to ÍRB Reykjanesbær in the Preliminary Round, their first foray into Europe was merely a cameo.[1]

The Southern All-Stars beat their Northern rivals in the eleventh annual All-Star Game with a 177-180 victory, the closest result in the League's history.[2]

Dairylea Dunkers Championship (Tier 1)[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Northern Conference[edit]

Team Pts Pld W L Percentage
1. Manchester Giants 62 36 31 5 0.861
2. Sheffield Sharks 58 36 29 7 0.805
3. Edinburgh Rocks 38 36 19 17 0.527
4. Chester Jets 34 36 17 19 0.472
5. Derby Storm 34 36 17 19 0.472
6. Newcastle Eagles 20 36 10 26 0.277
7. Leicester Riders 20 36 10 26 0.277

Southern Conference[edit]

Team Pts Pld W L Percentage
1. London Towers 46 34 23 11 0.676
2. Thames Valley Tigers 36 34 18 16 0.529
3. Birmingham Bullets 34 34 17 17 0.500
4. Milton Keynes Lions 30 34 15 19 0.441
5. Greater London Leopards 22 34 11 23 0.323
6. Brighton Bears 22 34 11 23 0.323
= Conference winners
= Qualified for the Play-offs

The Play-offs[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

April 15, 2000
Manchester Giants 81–68 Milton Keynes Lions
April 15, 2000
London Towers 85–58 Chester Jets
April 15, 2000
Sheffield Sharks 71–81 Birmingham Bullets
April 15, 2000
Thames Valley Tigers 64–68 Edinburgh Rocks

Semi-finals[edit]

April 22, 2000
London Towers 53–60 Birmingham Bullets
April 22, 2000
Manchester Giants 88–84 Edinburgh Rocks

Final[edit]

May 6, 2000
Manchester Giants 74–65 Birmingham Bullets
Scoring by quarter: 18-22, 21-15, 15-17, 20-11
Pts: Tony Dorsey (MVP) 22, Travis Conlan 19 Pts: Emiko Etete 13, Fabulous Flournoy 12,
Wembley Arena, London
Attendance: 6,000
Giants coach Nick Nurse
Bullets coach Mike Finger


National League Division 1 (Tier 2)[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Team Pts Pld W L Percentage
1. Teesside Mohawks 44 24 22 2 0.917
2. Worthing Thunder Rebels 42 24 21 3 0.875
3. Solent Stars 36 24 18 6 0.750
4. Plymouth Raiders 32 24 16 8 0.667
5. Sutton Pumas 24 24 12 12 0.500
6. Islington White Heat 24 24 12 12 0.500
7. Coventry Crusaders 22 24 11 13 0.458
8. Taunton Tigers 18 24 9 15 0.375
9. Birmingham Bullets B 16 24 8 16 0.333
10. Westminster Warriors 14 24 7 19 0.292
11. Cardiff Clippers 14 24 7 17 0.292
12. Oxford Devils 14 24 7 17 0.292
13. Mid-Sussex Magic 12 24 6 18 0.250
= League winners
= Qualified for the Play-offs

Play Off Final - Teeside 80 Solent 63


National League Division 2 (Tier 3)[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Team Pts Pld W L Percentage
1. Manchester Attitude 40 24 20 4 0.833
2. Liverpool Atac 36 24 18 6 0.750
3. Kingston Wildcats 34 24 17 7 0.708
4. Brixton TopCats 34 24 17 7 0.708
5. Reading Rockets 34 24 17 7 0.708
6. North London Lords 32 24 16 8 0.667
7. Hull Icebergs 22 24 11 13 0.458
8. Northampton 89'ers 22 24 11 13 0.458
9. Flintshire Flyers 20 24 10 14 0.417
10. Portsmouth Pirates 14 24 7 17 0.292
11. Wandsworth Hurricanes 10 24 5 19 0.208
12. Bournemouth Blitz 8 24 4 20 0.166
13. Swindon Sonics 6 24 3 21 0.125
= League winners
= Qualified for the Play-offs

Play Off Final - Kingston 68 Manchester 62


National League Division 3 (Tier 4)[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Team Pts Pld W L Percentage
1. Doncaster Eagles 46 24 23 1 0.958
2. Mansfield Express 40 24 20 4 0.833
3. Ealing Tornadoes 38 24 19 5 0.792
4. Ware Fire 32 24 16 8 0.667
5. University of Birmingham 30 24 15 9 0.625
6. Bristol Bombers 22 24 11 13 0.458
7. NW London Wolverines 18 24 9 15 0.375
8. Barking & Dagenham Thunder 18 24 9 15 0.375
9. Thames Valley Tigers B 18 24 9 15 0.375
10. Hanley Hornets 14 24 7 17 0.292
11. Brighton Cougars 14 24 7 17 0.292
12. Croydon Pumas 12 24 6 18 0.250
13. Derbyshire Arrows 10 24 5 19 0.208
= League winners
= Qualified for the Play-offs

Play Off Final - Mansfield v Doncaster 84-76, 75-75


Sainsbury's Classic Cola National Cup[edit]

Last 16[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Score
London Towers Sutton Pumas 76-68
Sheffield Sharks Derby Storm 75-71
Manchester Giants Thames Valley Tigers 94-71
Edinburgh Rocks Chester Jets 96-83
Plymouth Raiders Leicester Riders 60-77
Birmingham Bullets Brighton Bears 80-91
Solent Stars Greater London Leopards 88-100
Newcastle Eagles Milton Keynes Lions 99-109 OT

Quarter Finals[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Score
Sheffield Sharks Brighton Bears 89-75
Manchester Giants Leicester Riders 86-73
Milton Keynes Lions Greater London Leopards 91-75
London Towers Edinburgh Rocks 75-78

Semi Finals[edit]

Team 1 Team 2 Score
Sheffield Sharks Milton Keynes Lions 73-67
Edinburgh Rocks Manchester Giants 60-82

Final[edit]

09 January 2000
Sheffield Sharks 89–80 Manchester Giants
Pts: Nate Reinking (MVP) 21, Terrell Myers 20, Todd Cauthorn, Wilbur Johnson, Peter Scantlebury, Michael Payne, Richard Windle Pts: Tony Dorsey 35, Travis Conlan, Roy Hairston, Tony Holley, Phil Handy
Sheffield Arena
Attendance: ?
Sharks coach Chris Finch
Manchester coach Nick Nurse


uni-ball Trophy[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group A

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.Greater London Leopards 10 6 5 1 0.833
2.Derby Storm 6 6 3 3 0.500
3.Birmingham Bullets 6 6 3 3 0.500
4.Solent Stars 2 6 1 5 0.166
  • Derby qualified ahead of Birmingham on head-to-head results.

Group B

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.London Towers 12 6 6 0 1.000
2.Thames Valley Tigers 8 6 4 2 0.666
3.Edinburgh Rocks 4 6 2 4 0.333
4.Leicester Riders 0 6 0 6 0.000

Group C

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.Manchester Giants 12 6 6 0 1.000
2.Newcastle Eagles 8 6 4 2 0.666
3.Milton Keynes Lions 4 6 2 4 0.333
4.Sutton Pumas 0 6 0 6 0.000

Group D

Team Pts Pld W L Percent
1.Sheffield Sharks 12 6 6 0 1.000
2.Chester Jets 6 6 3 3 0.500
3.Brighton Bears 6 6 3 4 0.500
4.Plymouth Raiders 0 6 0 6 0.000
  • Chester qualified ahead of Brighton on head-to-head results.

Quarter-finals[edit]

December 27, 1999
Thames Valley Tigers 91–84 Greater London Leopards
December 27, 1999
Manchester Giants 73–72 Chester Jets
December 27, 1999
London Towers 76–72 Derby Storm
December 27, 1999
Newcastle Eagles 74–95 Sheffield Sharks

Semi-finals[edit]

January 22, 2000
London Towers 90–80 Thames Valley Tigers
January 22, 2000
Manchester Giants 93–74 Sheffield Sharks

Final[edit]

March 18, 2000
London Towers 74–73 Manchester Giants
Pts: Donnie Johnson 21, Danny Lewis (MVP) 17, Steve Bucknall 12, Martin Henlan 12, Danny Craven, Phil Handy Pts: Roy Hairston 19, Tony Dorsey 17, Travis Conlan 12, Tony Holley 10
National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Attendance: ?
Towers coach Ron Abbegglen
Giants coach Nick Nurse

All-Star Game[edit]

February 5, 2000
Northern All-Stars 177–180 Southern All-Stars
Pts: Darrian Evans, 33 Pts: Shawn Jamison, 27

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Stat
Points per game United States United Kingdom Terrell Myers (Sheffield Sharks) 24.2
Rebounds per game United States Brandon Brantley (Leopards) 11.2
Assists per game United States Casey Arena (Thames Valley) 6.2

Seasonal awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Woods (2000). "Towers go down as Leopards go out". BritBall. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  2. ^ Mark Woods (2000). "South continue All-Star dominance". BritBall. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
Preceded by
1998–99 season
BBL seasons
1999–2000
Succeeded by
2000–01 season