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Loughborough Basketball Men and Women are BUCS Champions

Loughborough Basketball took home both the Men’s and Women’s BUCS Championship titles this week to continue the success for the programme.

The Loughborough Men’s team became back-to-back BUCS Champions winning the competition for a second year running after a 25 year Championship drought for the University with a 73-62 victory over Durham.

Leicester Riders guard Eric Robertson took home MVP honours for Loughborough leading the scoring with 15 points including a pair of huge three-point shots late in the game to lift his team over Durham.

“Any day like today is really special,” commentated Coach Jarram. “These are memories and moments the guys won’t forget and it testament to what we have been working towards across the course of a long season.

“We don’t try and do anything different for finals, we got there from playing solid defence and that’s what helped us win this Championship. We wanted to be playing our best basketball come playoff time and we managed to do that and hold teams to very low numbers.

“Massive thank you to all the previous and current players, staff and support we receive to help us reach such an incredible achievement!”

Loughborough’s Women’s team claimed their fifth title in five years with a 113-110 overtime victory over Durham.

Loughborough required an extra period but came out victorious for the third time in five years as BUCS Champions against a tough Durham side in a high scoring affair.

“It’s been a fantastic BUCS season from start to finish.” commented Head Coach Matthew Harber on his third BUCS Championship. “The group of young women we have represented our University and Loughborough Sport with so much pride in every game we played! To have just lost the WBBL Trophy Final and to respond in that way is just remarkable. I think it says more about our team’s character than about anything else.”

“I would like to take this chance to thank everyone at Loughborough University – Performance Sport Staff, Facilities Staff and all of our Multidisciplinary team and volunteers for all of their support! Without them, this wouldn’t be possible! I’m proud of everyone in our organisation!”

Loughborough School of Business and Economics scholar Alex Smith was named MVP with a huge 29 point performance whilst Senior Maia Bratka finished with 21 points and Deanne Hayward finished with 22 points including crucial baskets in the overtime period.

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