Updated: Jun 3
The 2022 and second University Basketball League Australia (UBL) has come to a close after two thrilling grand finals and more than 115 games spanning ten weeks.
The inaugural final series was very competitive with both grand final matches narrowly avoiding overtime. Congratulations to La Trobe University women and The University of Sydney men as the respective winners of the UBL.
As winners, La Trobe University women and The University of Sydney men now have the opportunity to participate in a 4-game tour against Chinese Taipei universities in December.
Images © Grant Treeby Photography: Women's 2022 UBL Winners La Trobe University (left) and © Jaimi Joy: Men's 2022 UBL Winners The University of Sydney (right)
“This is significant for the UBL and demonstrates opportunities unique to the university sector. We look forward to more thrilling university basketball when our UBL2022 champions head to Chinese Taipei,” said Mark Sinderberry, UniSport Australia Chief Executive Officer.
With the expansion of the UBL in 2022 to see eleven participating universities from five states, it is clear the opportunity to represent their university in a national tournament is highly valued with 326 student-athletes taking to the courts this year.
Image © Grant Treeby Photography: Women's 2022 UBL Winners La Trobe University
The quality of basketball played throughout the season as well as the finals showcased a number of outstanding moments including some firsts for the UBL – two matches in the women’s league saw the first overtime women’s games with Curtin Uni Carnabys v University of Technology Sydney and La Trobe University v University of Technology Sydney both finding themselves playing additional minutes.
Image © Jaimi Joy: Men's Grand Final between USYD and UTS
In the men’s league the Curtin Uni Carnabys v University of Sunshine Coast Spartans match was the first UBL game to go into double overtime to break the tie.
The two grand final presentation ceremonies also included announcement of the 2022 MVPs. Congratulations to Evie Lovell, PHD Medicine, The University of Adelaide and Nick Floyd, Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics), The University of Western Australia.
As well as the two league MVPs a number of players should also be mentioned and congratulated for some remarkable statistics: