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Big showdowns in Aarhus and Newcastle as curtain falls on the regular season




The 2024 ENBL regular season is set to end on Tuesday, February 13. The Bakken Bears Aarhus will face the Landstede Hammers Zwolle, while the Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles will host Zastal Zielona Gora.


Now I've heard there was a secret chord

That David played, and it pleased the Lord

But you dont really care for music, do you?

It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth

The minor falls, the major lifts

The baffled king composing Hallelujah


Credit: Leonard Cohen



Bakken Bears Aarhus vs Landstede Hammers Zwolle


Series history: Bakken Bears Aarhus and Landstede Hammers Zwolle will face each other for the first time.


Bakken Bears will top the Group A with a win.


Uniclub Casino Juventus will top the Group A with the Landstede Hammers win.



Key matchup: DeAndre Pinckney averages 20.8 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Bakken Bears.


He shoots 75.0% from the two point line and 21.7% from the three point line.


Noah Dickerson averages 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds for the Landstede Hammers.


Big man shoots 65% from the field and 73.5% from the free throw line.



National championships: Bakken Bears are 18-1 at the Basketligaen.


The Bears have a 8-1 record in 2024, including a 3-1 performance in the ENBL.


Bakken Bears are 1-1 in the ENBL home games.


Landstede Hammers Zwolle defeated Den Helder Suns, 80-64, to reach the 2024 Toto Basketball Cup final.


The final against Heroes Den Bosch will take place on March 24, at the Top Sports Center Almere.


Landstede Hammers are 1-2 in the ENBL road games.



Know your referees

Crew chief: Skirmantas Letukas (Denmark) – FIBA referee from 2021, Denmark top leagues from 2017.


Umpire 1: Maurits Witvliet (Netherlands) – has worked at the Dutch BNXT league Finals in 2022 and 2023; has worked at the 2023 Dutch Cup final.


Umpire 2: Christian Hansen (Denmark) – FIBA referee from 2021, Denmark Basketball highest leagues from 2015.


Observer: Mareks Voļskis (Latvia).



ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream




Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles vs Zastal Zielona Gora


Series history: Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles will face Zastal Zielona Gora for the first time.


Zastal Zielona Gora will qualify for the playoffs with a win.


Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles will finish third in the Group B with a win.


Royal Liège Basket will qualify for the playoffs if the Eagles win.


Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles will finish fourth in the Group B with a loss.




Key matchup: Jordan Johnson averages 19.3 points and 7.5 assists for the Newcastle Eagles.


He shoots 59.6% from the two point line and 27.0% from the three point line.


Novak Musič averages 11.2 points and 6.6 assists for Zastal Zielona Gora.


He shoots 80.0% from the two point line and 50.0% from the three point line.



National championships: Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles are 13-11 at the British Basketball league.


They occupy the fourth place in the standings, tied with the Leicester Riders.


Newcastle Eagles are 2-0 in the ENBL home games.


Zastal Zielona Gora are 5-16 at the PLK.


Zastal are 0-2 in the ENBL road games.




Know your referees

Crew chief: Iain Macdonald (United Kingdom) – FIBA referee from 2017, British Basketball league referee from 2014.


Umpire 1: Paulina Gajdosz (Poland) – FIBA referee from 2017, Polish top division from 2015, a regular referee at the EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women, has worked at the 2022 FIBA U18 Women`s Championship final.


Umpire 2: Jonpaul Heron (United Kingdom) – Basketball England referee from 2010, BBL referee from 2020.


Observer: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).



ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream



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