Hemel Storm Set Up Manchester Magic Showdown in National Cup Final - Hoopsfix.com

Hemel Storm Set Up Manchester Magic Showdown in National Cup Final

Hemel Storm will face Manchester Magic in the 2018 National Cup final after coming through their home semi-final on Saturday.

AJ Roberts led the way with a 26-point haul to help his side secure a 103-86 win over Loughborough Student Riders.

The hosts edged a high-scoring opening period before pouring in 31 points in the second to take a 59-46 advantage into the half-time break.

Hemel increased the gap to 18 ahead of the final quarter and were able to wrap up the win to reach their first-ever Cup final.

David Ajumobi added 19 points and 10 boards with Wayne Yeboah scoring 16 off the bench, while Bode Adeluola handed out 12 assists.

Sesan Russell led Loughborough with 17 points and they have a BBL Trophy quarter-final to look forward to this month when they host London Lions.

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Meanwhile, Magic will have the chance to re-claim the Cup title having last won the competition in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016.

Paul Middleton’s side booked their spot in the final almost a month ago after Stefan Gill netted 25 points in a 74-80 success at Solent Kestrels.

The 2018 final will take place on Sunday, January 21 with Storm and Magic battling for the title at UEL Sportsdock.

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