Aaron Falzon becomes the first-ever Maltese basketball player to win the British Basketball League regular season Championship after the Leicester Riders cruised past the Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday with a 65-97 win.
The Riders – current title holders after beating London City Royals in 2019 – have been on top of the standings for a while this season, cementing their place in the playoffs and Sunday’s win – which puts them at a 23-6 record on the season – makes sure they will be the top seed in the playoffs next month which sees them kick off their commitments against the eighth-seed, which will be confirmed by the end of April.
Falzon joined the Leicester club in December after a short stint in France with Etoile Angers in the NM1 league, where he had produced good numbers but was not able to confirm his place with the side.
The former NCAA Division 1 player took part in all 29 games in the Riders uniform this season, reaching double digits twice, both times against the Newcastle Eagles. A self-described three-point shooter, Falzon averaged 2.1 threes per game this season at 35% accuracy.
The Riders’ BBL Playoffs commitments begin on May 3 in Newcastle, and if successful over two legs in the quarterfinals, they will move back home to play in Leicester which will be hosting the semis and eventually the final.