Leicester Riders lift first BBL Cup

The Leicester Riders have clinched their first BBL Cup after beating the Newcastle Eagles 85-80 at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

The Riders took to Twitter to express their delight, while also paying tribute to their opponents.


Tough game against great opponent @newcastleeagle! Leicester Riders are the 2013 BBL Cup Final winners!! @bblofficial

Leicester took a 65-51 lead into the final quarter, appearing to be cruising to victory but Newcastle performed a spirited comeback, narrowing the deficit to two points.

The Riders saw the game out with two late scores. Jay Cousinard was in particularly fine form, contributing 17 points for the victors, while Jamell Anderson and Anthony Rowe added 15.