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  1. Leicester's win means they overtake Newcastle and sit top of the table
  2. FT: BBL Basketball - Newcastle Eagles 77-79 Leicester Riders
  3. FT: WBBL Basketball - Northumbria 69-59 Caledonia

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That's it for our coverage of British Basketball on the BBC this evening.

We'll be back next Friday, for another double header - this time from the The Copper Box in London.

BA London Lions face Nottingham Wildcats in the WBBL followed by live BBL as the Lions take on the Plymouth Raiders.

You can find out more about the BBC's coverage of British Basketball by clicking here.

London Lions
British Basketball

Full time

Newcastle Eagles 77-79 Leicester Riders

What a finish!

Leicester Riders needed a basket from former Eagle Andrew Thomson with three seconds remaining to snatch victory as overtime loomed.

That last minute drama means that Leicester leapfrog Newcastle to head in to top place of the BBL table.

Leicester celebrate
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Newcastle Eagles v Leicester Riders

Here's how tonight's top two in the BBL line-up.

Newcastle Eagles
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Leicester Riders
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Full time

Team Northumbria 69-59 Caledonia Pride

Full time in tonight's first match at Sport Central sees Team Northumbria emerge victorious over Caledonia Pride with a score of 69-59 to the home side.

Both sides meet again on Sunday, with a place in the WBBL Cup Final up for grabs.

We'll have more live basketball later on this evening as Newcastle Eagles take on Leicester Riders in the BBL.

Northumbria celebrate
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Team Northumbria v Caledonia Pride (17:00 GMT)

Here's how tonight's sides line-up in the WBBL.

Team Northumbria
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Caledonia Pride
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Get Inspired: How to get involved in Basketball

More than 300,000 people are estimated to play basketball each month in the United Kingdom. All you need is a ball and hoop and there are thousands of outdoor courts across the country where you can play for free, so what are you waiting for?

The British Basketball League (BBL) season runs from September to April, where you can watch the best players and pick up tips, but basketball can be played indoors and outdoors, making it a sport for all seasons.

Find your local club by using the club finders for England Basketball, Basketball Northern Ireland, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales.

Basketball Tricks: How to spin a basketball

What are the BBL and the WBBL?

The BBL has been the pinnacle of men's basketball in Britain, since its initiation in 1987.

The WBBL was founded more recently in 2014, in an attempt to create a high-quality professional league for women.

The Leicester Riders are the current holders of the men's league, while Nottingham romped to victory in the women's competition last season.

You can watch reigning men's champions, the Riders, in action straight after the WBBL fixture between Northumbria and Caledonia.

Leicester Riders are the current holders of the BBL title
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Leicester Riders are the current holders of the BBL title

BBC coverage

Northumbria v Caledonia
BBC Sport

Basketball originated, developed and flourished in the United States - but the British game is enjoying a recent surge in attendances at venues across the country.

The BBC are set to broadcast 32 live British Basketball League (BBL) matches this season, including eight games from the British Basketball Women's League (WBBL).

The first of those games to be screened live on the Red Button and BBC Sport website is the WBBL tie between Northumbria and Caledonia.

Following the WBBL fixture, we will bring you live action from the BBL clash between the Eagles and the Riders at Sport Central.

Friday, 15 December

WBBL Championship

Northumbria v Caledonia

17:00-19:00 (Connected TV and online)

BBL Championship

Newcastle Eagles v Leicester Riders

19:30-21:30 (Connected TV and online)

As it stands...

The Newcastle Eagles are currently perched on top of the standings in the BBL after winning nine of their 11 games so far.

Reigning champions Leicester Riders are in second place, ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with the Eagles later this evening.

Meanwhile, Sevenoaks are leading the way in the WBBL after winning all eight of their games so far.

Team Northumbria are in fifth while today's opponents, Caledonia Pride, are two places behind in seventh.

Beth Mackie of Caledonia Pride
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Beth Mackie of Caledonia Pride