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Summary

  1. Sheffield Sharks 88-81 Cheshire Phoenix
  2. Sheffield Hatters 79-60 Oaklands Wolves
  3. Coverage produced by British Basketball for BBC Sport

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

BBL preview - Sheffield Sharks v Cheshire Phoenix

Sheffield Sharks will be looking to bounce back in the league after last Sunday's dramatic 90-85 defeat to Leicester Riders in the BBL Trophy final.

Visitors Cheshire Phoenix are enjoying a decent campaign after lifting the BBL Cup in January and former Sharks player Malcolm Riley, who was named MVP in the BBL Cup final, will lead their challenge.

But Sheffield go into the game as favourites having won their two previous encounters against Phoenix this season, although neither of those victories were by more than five points.

The Sharks are fifth in the championship standings, while the visitors are down in ninth.

Will the hosts edge another tight tussle or can Phoenix end their losing run against the Sheffield club?

Watch live from 19:30 GMT.

Malcolm Riley of Cheshire Phoenix
BBL/Mansoor Ahmed

WBBL preview - Sheffield Hatters v Oaklands Wolves

Oaklands Wolves are one of the youngest franchises in the Women's British Basketball League, and have made great strides in only their second season at the top level.

They are seventh in the championship, chasing down a first place in the end-of-season play-offs having won five of their 16 games so far.

Sheffield Hatters, meanwhile, are third in the table and will be looking to bridge the gap to leaders Sevenoaks Suns.

They boast WBBL legend Steph Gandy among their ranks, as well as GB winger Helen Naylor, who are two of just five players to have scored 1,000 league points.

Watch live from 17:00 GMT.

Steph Gandy of Sheffield Hatters
BBL/Mansoor Ahmed

BBC Coverage

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

Today's coverage starts at 17:00 GMT, when Sheffield Hatters host Oaklands Wolves in the WBBL and finishes with Sheffield Sharks' BBL match at home to Cheshire Phoenix, which starts at 19:30 GMT.

Friday, 9 March

WBBL - Sheffield Hatters v Oaklands Wolves

BBL - Sheffield Sharks v Cheshire Phoenix.

17:00-21:00 GMT - Red Button, Connected TV and online

Get Inspired: How to get involved in Basketball

Get Inspired

#GetInspired

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.