News British Basketball League

March 17, 2020 by Ben Lang

BBL season postponed – James Hawthorne and Uno Payne fly home

Following the latest measures to combat Covid-19 as directed by the Government, the British Basketball League (BBL) has agreed a decision to postpone the 2019/20 season until further notice due to the on-going impact of these measures.

The BBL is wholly owned by its member clubs who as a collective determine any decisions and they have agreed that it is in the best interests of the sport to see out the season and that this postponement offers the best chance to do so.

This action has been taken in consultation with Basketball England, Basketball Scotland, Basketball Wales, BUCS and the AoC Sport.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with all BBL clubs and partners to explore all options to allow us to continue the season prudently and safely at the earliest opportunity.

We would like to thank the players, staff, volunteers and fans for their continued support in this unprecedented situation.

With the ongoing situation surrounding the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Surrey Scorchers have released James Hawthorne and Devontavius Payne so they can fly home to be with their families.

Everybody at the Scorchers would like to thank Tookie and Uno for their efforts and professionalism both on and off the court during their time here, and they will be greatly missed.

Head Coach Creon Raftopoulos said: “We have had to release Uno and James.

“They have spoken to their families back home and during a time with a lot of uncertainty, it is important that they be with their families.

“So we totally respect their decision.

“There is still a way to go in the season so we have kept a nucleus of guys.

“But right now basketball is secondary to everything else going on.

“We thank them for all of the work they have put in, and hopefully we will see them again.”



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