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Interviewed before the game, Newcastle Eagles head coac Ian MacLeod said that his team and he could only control their own destiny. After a pulsating 40 minutes of basketball that’s exactly what they did down the stretch to win the Eagles’ sixth BBL Cup, the seventh national cup title for the franchise.

The Eagles had looked completely in control midway through the third quarter when Rex Pflueger’s driving lay-up gave them a 15-point lead with a quarter and a half left to play. That’s when London Lions showed real pride that took us into a memorable final quarter.

The Lions produced a tremendous fight back which rocked Newcastle on their heels as they completely turned the game on its head. Over the next ten minutes plus a little bit they closed the Eagles down and found offensive rhythm to score 35 points to Newcastle’s 13.

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