Newcastle Eagles were crowned 2012 BBL Cup winners on Sunday, beating Plymouth Raiders 115-94 in the final as veteran Charles Smith went off for a Cup record 39 points at the NIA, Birmingham.
The American outscored the whole of the Raiders side in the first quarter alone, finishing with 21 points to Plymouth’s 20 as the Eagles went up 15 and cruised the rest of the way.
Rookie Paul Gause had 24, and Andrew Bridge added 16 for the Eagles, whilst Lehmon Colbert (25), Jeremy Bell (23), and Anthony Rowe (20) all broke the 20 point barrier for the Raiders.
- MK Lion Nathan Schall won the dunk contest, which I’m told was actually pretty decent (nice photo here)
- Prospect watch: Young Eagles Ross Wilson and Lamar Morrison (both 1993 born) saw 2 and 1 minute respectively, with Wilson missing his field goal and both free throw attempts whilst registering an assist
- You can check out a few photos from the day in this Basketball Views album courtesy of Ville Vuorenin, as well as some from Newcastle Eagles here.
- Around 8,500 fans made the trip to the NIA for the game.
Did you get to Birmingham to watch the final? Thoughts?
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