Falkirk trio denied league title as basketball calls season off

Three locally trained basketballers have been denied a potential league title after the British Basketball League wrapped up the season early – and didn’t declare winners.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 4:30 pm
Fraser Malcolm 7.
Fraser Malcolm 7.

Unlike football where Falkirk were denied promotion and Raith Rovers handed the League One title, and Celtic named winners of the incomplete Premiership season, league leaders Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks won’t be handed the championship.

They were four points clear at the top – a more significant margin than that which gave Raith Rovers a title in football, and like the Rovers could still have been caught by three teams below them.

But a statement from the BBL declared the season cancelled – and denied the trio - Jonny Bunyan, Fraser Malcolm and Ali Fraser - the winner’s medal they were just three games away from.

The Rocks roster included six Scots - four of whom played big minutes – so this was a big opportunity for Scottish basketball to claim its first ever league title or equal the club’s best ever finish in 2006.

Coach Vincent Lavandier’s side had five games left to play and led by four points but a clutch of other teams including the London Lions, Leicester Riders and Worcester Wolves had games in hand, although not enough to initially overtake the Rocks.