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The Bulldogs Senior team has kicked off their inaugural campaign in style, going undefeated across all competitions in the opening month of the 2023/24 NBL campaign.

The team began its preparation with two friendlies played at new home venue, Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre on Saturday 9th and Saturday 16th September.

Preseason friendlies

Barnet Bulldogs 79 – 71 London Sharks

The Bulldogs hosted two preseason games at their new home venue Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre, which saw the new debuts across the board for the new senior team. A competitive affair saw the Sharks erase a 17-point Bulldog lead, but clutch play from the Bulldogs enabled them to close out the game.

Top scorers: P. Lartey – 21, C. Duru – 18, C. O’Reilly – 16 and N. Allin – 10.

Barnet Bulldogs 100 – 75 Westminster Warriors

The Bulldogs hosted local NBL2 side, Westminster Warriors the following week, with the Bulldogs pulling off a dominant victory over the Warriors. An impressive second half from the Bulldogs was enough to secure the victory against a strong Warriors side, with U18 Jem Sefton-Florin scoring his first senior points of the season.

Top scorers: C Duru – 22, P. Lartey – 21, C. O’Reilly – 20 and A. Khan – 11.

National Cup 1st Round

Surrey Rams 65 – 100 Barnet Bulldogs

The Bulldogs secured a commanding victory over the Surrey Rams to advance to the second round of the National Cup. Leading from start to finish, the Bulldogs dominated their opposition on both ends of the floor.  The Bulldogs will face NBL2 side Brighton Bears away in the 2nd round on Sunday 8th October.  

Top scorers: C O’Reilly – 27, C Duru – 25, P Lartey – 13 & B Stewart – 11

NBL Regular Season

Winchester Royals 52 – 107 Barnet Bulldogs

In a dominant performance, the Bulldogs overcame a slow start to outclass the Winchester Royals, securing a resounding 107-52 victory. The Bulldogs showcased their three-point shooting prowess, sinking an impressive 14 shots from beyond the arc, ultimately overwhelming their opponents. Despite an initial sluggishness, the Bulldogs quickly found their rhythm and pulled away, demonstrating their offensive firepower and defensive resilience in a commanding win.

Top scorers: C O’Reilly – 33, C Duru – 21, P Lartey – 14 & B Stewart/N Allin – 11

Player/Coach Chuck Duru on his team’s start to the new campaign: “I am happy with our start to the season, with a lot of positives to takeaway from the first few games. We have shown we can score the ball and have a lot of talent across our roster. Injuries have prevented us from fielding a full roster yet as we await Atif’s (ankle) return from injury. We still have room for improvement, particularly on the defensive end but I like the direction we are going in as a collective.”

Upcoming October games:

7.10.23 – Bulldogs @ West Herts Warriors – Queens School, Bushey (NBL Regular Season)

8.10.23 – Bulldogs @ Brighton Bears – Sir Robert Woodward Academy (NBL National Cup)

14.10.23 – Bulldogs v Scorchers II – Copthall Leisure Centre (NBL Regular Season)

21.10.23 – Bulldogs @ Greenhouse Sports – Harris Academy, Marlborough Hill (NBL Regular Season)

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