Rahmon Fletcher had a day to remember after being crowned MVP on his BBL Cup Final debut.
The playmaker was instrumental in getting Esh Group Eagles Newcastle on to the front foot and on the road to an 84-71 victory against Glasgow Rocks.
A huge crowd at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham waited to see if he would be awarded MVP or whether it would go to veteran star Charles Smith.
In a photograph finish for the gong, it was Fletcher who took the accolade, but was quick to praise Smith and Eagles’ player-coach Fab Flournoy.
“Just look at what type of people they are and how easy and not hard it is to follow these guys,” said the man known simply as ‘Fletch’.
“When you see what they have done and see the legacy they have built, you have no choice but to follow them.
“Coming in (to the club), I just took a step back and looked at what they really wanted and what type of team it was and then it made it easy to fit in.”
Fletcher had an efficient 15 points in the triumph and set the tone for his team, with Smith corralling 21 points and finishing the job.
“We knew it was going to be hard fought and the score didn’t really dictate how the game actually was,” said Fletcher.
“They are a physical team but didn’t shoot the ball well.
“We tried to stop them from the three-point line and that was definitely our focus.”