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Newcastle Eagles claimed their third consecutive BBL Cup title after defeating Glasgow Rocks 91-83 at the Barclaycard Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Rahmon Fletcher netted 29 points and dished out six assists to claim his third successive MVP award with Deondre Parks adding 25 points, while Scott Martin chimed in with a double-double.
“It was a game of runs, back and forth a little bit,” said Martin.
“They came out with a big run and we had a big run in the second and then the third before they came back at us in the fourth.
“You have to give them credit, they didn’t lay down and it was a good game.”
The Eagles led by as many as 23 points in the contest and held off a valiant late run from Glasgow to secure another BBL piece of silverware.
Neil Watson made a hot start with two triples in a 10-0 start before Fletcher got the Eagles going with seven points to close within a point.
Another triple from Watson followed as the duel continued with both players up to nine points by the end of the first with the Rocks up by one.
The Eagles went on 13-1 run as Fletcher moved to 15 points to help the Eagles open up a nine-point gap.
The advantage doubled as Newcastle closed the half with a 10-0 run including a corner three from Drew Lasker and a pull-up triple from Deondre Parks before the buzzer.
Gareth Murray netted back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third, but the Eagles went on another run to further increase their lead with Scott Martin making it a 20-point game.
Parks ended the third with another triple to make it 72-49 with the Eagles already seemingly out of reach.
However, the Rocks did not give up and mounted a determined late surge with Watson moving to 28 points as the gap was cut to just seven points in the final minute.
The damage had been done and Newcastle were able to celebrate a historic success.
Fab Flournoy equalled a BBL Cup Final record by finishing with five steals in the win to tie Tony Holley’s 2005 record.