By Alex Gibbings

Leeds Force closed out their third British Basketball League (BBL) season with back-to-back defeats at the weekend, leaving them to settle for 11th place and missing out on the BBL Play-Offs this time around.

The Headingley-based outfit came up just short against high-flying Glasgow Rocks on Friday night, losing out 72-70 despite a brave fightback in the third quarter.

They then travelled over the Pennines on Sunday to face the Cheshire Phoenix. However, they hadn’t quite recovered from the Rocks’ defeat, and a tired Force side were soundly beaten 128-77 to end the season disappointingly.

However, for a club only founded in 2014, the only way is up for the side that play on campus at Leeds Beckett University, and they will hope to become a ‘Force’ to be reckoned with in coming seasons.

Founded three years ago by Mark Mills and Matt Newby, they became the BBL’s first team from West Yorkshire, and were only the third team from the whole of Yorkshire, with the Sheffield Sharks and the former Doncaster Phoenix also representing the White Rose on court.

Last season saw the Force finish 8th in the BBL standings, meaning that they entered in to the end-of-season play-offs, however they lost out eventual runners-up Leicester Riders in the quarter finals. This was in just their second ever season in British basketball’s premier division, so whilst there is still plenty of work to do, they look like they are already well on their way to success in the future.

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