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Friday, 28 December 2012

BBL: Cup Final Preview


BBL CUP Final Newcastle Eagles vs. Leicester Riders PREVIEW

The BBL Cup is unquestionably one of the showpiece events of the season. This year's event is set to be a celebration of the finest talent the league has to offer, with the two top-ranked teams vying to take home the silverware. 

The Eagles are looking to retain the BBL Cup after an utterly dominant 2011/12 campaign - a season in which the Newcastle squad took home top honours in all three competitions. Leicester, on the other hand, are looking to establish themselves as an elite force in the BBL - having put together a solid roster and enjoyed a great start to this year's league and cup campaigns.

National Indoor Arena on Sunday 13th January 2013:
12.30PM    England Select versus Ireland Superleague Select
2.30PM      BBL Slam Dunk Contest
3.45PM      BBL CUP FINAL - Newcastle Eagles versus Leicester Riders


The BBL Cup Final presents match-ups galore with two of the league's most experienced, talented and deep rosters going toe to toe.

Newcastle Eagles
Path To The Final
Semi-Finals Leg 1 Eagles 107 @ Raiders 90
Semi-Finals Leg 2 Raiders 91 @ Eagles 83

Key Players [2012 BBL CUP Stats: GP, FG%, RBS, AST, STL, BLK, PTS]
Charles Smith F 3, 45.5, 4.3, 2.7, 2.3, 0.7, 21.3
Damon Huffman G 3, 57.4, 3, 3.7, 0.7, 0.3, 24
Darius Defoe F 3, 52.4, 6.7, 1, 0.7, 1, 11.3
Joe Chapman G 3, 39.5, 4.7, 6.7, 1.7, 0, 16.7
Kareem Maddox C  3, 60, 12.3, 2, 2.3, 2, 16.3

Leicester Riders
Path To The Final
Semi-Finals Leg 1 Riders 90 @ Sharks 70
Semi-Finals Leg 2 Sharks 45 @ Riders 75

Key Players [2012 BBL CUP Stats: GP, FG%, RBS, AST, STL, BLK, PTS]
Drew Sullivan F 3, 56.3, 8, 6.7, 1, 0, 14.3
Anthony Rowe C 2, 50, 6, 2.5, 0, 0, 12
Jay Couisnard F 3, 48.8, 3.7, 6.7, 2.3, 0.3, 17.7
Pavol Losonsky F 3, 48.6, 6.3, 0.3, 0, 0, 14.3
Zaire Taylor G 3, 46.7, 3, 4.3, 3.3, 0.3, 13

As it stands, the Eagles (1) and the Riders (2) sit atop the BBL Championship, both having lost only two games. The ball clubs have met only once this year; the Riders came out hard-fought victors at 75-63. Jay Couisnard stole the show with a game-high 27 points. 

To get yourself in the mood, watch last year's Cup Final in full - Newcastle Eagles versus Plymouth Raiders:


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