The Newcastle Eagles secured their BBL Cup Final berth thanks to a hard-fought 69-75 victory over the SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks at the K2 Arena in Crawley.

The Rocks started the game the stronger team and leapt out to an early 10-3 lead, but the Eagles responded with a 7-3 run of their own to get back to within a point at 13-12. The Eagles then stepped up their intensity at both ends of the floor, and a 19-4 run across the first-quarter break took the score out to 21-33.

The Rocks closed the gap to eight points at the half after netting six of the last eight points of the second quarter to trail 32-40 going into the locker rooms.

The second half saw the Rocks again start strongly, and a 15-4 run took them into a three-point lead at 50-47 midway through the third period. The Eagles immediately responded netting twelve of the last sixteen points of the quarter to lead 56-59 going into the final stanza.

In the final quarter, the Eagles started with an 8-4 run to lead 60-67, but five points from Julius Joseph bought the Rocks back to within two points at 65-67. Both teams traded baskets throughout the closing stages, but it was the Eagles who remained strong, and sealed their place in the Final from the foul-line.


January 25, 2021
2021 BBL Cup Champions

Charles Smith led all scorers in the game with 20 points for the Eagles, while Maurice Hampton led the Rocks scoring with 15.
Game details:-

Venue: K2 Arena

Competition:- BBL Cup, Semi-Finals
Tip-off:- 3.30pm

Quarterscores:- 19-20, 32-40, 56-59

Final result:- 69-75

Officials: Ian Pollard, Keith Williams, Bob Bhania

Top Scorers:

Rocks:Hampton 16, Wohlers 15, Yanders 14

Eagles: Smith 20, Bridge/Stewart 16