London Lions’ Mark Clark has been awarded the Molten Betty Codona WBBL Coach of the Year award in recognition of a historic campaign that has seen Lions win at least a treble, unbeaten so far in 33 games.
Clark and the Lions will try to top it all off with a Play-off title this Sunday at the O2 arena, but regardless, by winning the WBBL Championship, WBBL Cup, and WBBL Trophy, Lions became the first team to do a treble since Sheffield Hatters in 2014-15.
The award, voted on by his peers from the twelve other WBBL clubs, comes as the team is 33-0 in all competitions, with one game to play, it is the first time that a WBBL club has had an unbeaten season through all of the Championship, Cup and Trophy.
On top of all of that, Lions valiantly represented the WBBL and the nation on the continent, reaching the knockout stages of the FIBA EuroCup Women and achieving a famous victory over powerhouse Tango Bourges at Crystal Palace, inflicting one of just two defeats on the eventual winners.
Overall, Lions finished the regular season campaign leading the league in almost every offensive category, scoring an average of 96 points per game which was 11 clear of their nearest rival, while they also finished the campaign as the league’s best defence having been second in that regard for much of the year, conceding an average of just 54 points per game.
Their high intensity style was epitomised by a league-high 14 steals per game, two clear of any other team, leading to 25 points from turnovers, five better than anyone else.
Clark and his Lions will now look to complete the perfect season, winning all four trophies and remaining unbeaten, as they prepare to face Sevenoaks Suns in Sunday’s WBBL Play-off Final at The O2 Arena, live on Sky Sports Arena and YouTube, tipping-off at 13:15.
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