Eagles Keep Flying High: BBL Cup Final 2017


Newcastle Eagles claimed their third consecutive British Basketball League Cup championship after defeating the Glasgow Rocks.

Our arena was packed floor to ceiling yesterday as the WBBL and BBL Cup Finals took place right here in Birmingham.

Mystic Mancs

Before the Eagles and the Rocks took to the court, it was time for the best female ballers to do battle as the Manchester Mystics and Nottingham Wildcats went head-to-head with the WBBL at stake.

After a closely contested final, it was the Mystics that claimed the prestigous title defeating the Wildcats 71 points to 60. Dominique Allen, daughter of legendary Birmingham Bullet Clive Allen, was awarded MVP after an impressive display.

Eagles make BBL Cup History

During the break between the two finals, we were treated to one hell of a Slam Dunk contest! Flips, tricks and a whole lotta hang-time featured in a two-heat competition before Vadym Piddubchenko was crowned champion.

It was then time for the big game, Newcastle Eagles vs Glasgow Rocks!

Both teams went into the final in good form and strong squads available, meaning a closely contested final was on the cards...and it didn't disappoint. 

Eagles were probably favourites heading into the game, but found themselves trailing after a slow start in the first quarter. Fantastic play by Watson and Achara frustrated Newcastle who just couldn't seem to find any rhythm when attacking. An impressive defensive display by the Geordies restricted Glasgow's lead to just one point heading into Q2.

It's in the second that the Eagles started to click finishing almost every move with a two or three pointer. Glasgow were rocked by a few consecutive baskets and the game quickly began to slide away from the Scots.

The point gap was increased to 23 by the end of Q3 with another clinical quarter from the reigning champs. A solid 10 minutes of basketball saw the Eagles take a huge lead into the final stages of the game, with Glasgow needing something seriously special to stop the rot.

Q4 was a lot tighter with the Rocks finding a bit more joy in the final third. Baskets began to pile up with the Eagles struggling to find a response. Glasgow racked up 34 points in the last to Newcastle's 19 - but it was too little, too late.

The game ended Eagles 91 - 83 Rocks, cementing Newcastle's place in BBL Cup history after a third consecutive final win.

Scoring

Q1: Eagles 20 - 21 Rocks
Q2: Eagles 50 - 32 Rocks
Q3: Eagles 72 - 49 Rocks
Q4: Eagles 91 - 83 Rocks

Point Guard and MVP (for the third consecutive final) Rahmon Fletcher sunk the most baskets for the Newcastle Eagles, racking up a total of 29 points closely followed by Parks and Martin. For the Glasgow Rocks, Neil Watson led the pack hitting 28 points with Murray and Achara finishing up on 15 each.

FUN FACT: The Eagles have now beaten the Glasgow Rocks 17 times in a row...perhaps it's not such a fun fact for the Rocks.

Speaking to BBC Newcastle, former Birmingham Bullet and newly awarded MBE, Fab Flournoy said: "It's a platform, it can spiral two ways, We'll enjoy this, because the players have worked hard this first half of the season, but then put it to rest because it comes back to the grind. We can't be complacent because we won something, we can go south or use it as an opportunity to go up."

If you loved this year's final, the British Basketball Cup Finals return to Birmingham in 2018 too! You lot can snap up your tickets now!