Leicester Riders in BBL Cup final

Leicester Riders take on Newcastle Eagles, in the final of the British Basketball League Cup, at Birmingham's NIA on Sunday.

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BBL Cup final - Riders v Eagles: Match report

Defending BBL Cup champions Leicester Riders knew what to expect against Newcastle Eagles, having beaten the same opposition by a five-point margin in the same fixture last season.

Their arch rivals will feel hard done by this time, after making a fist of it from the tip-off.

Veteran forward Charles Smith was a constant threat throughout - topping the score-chart with 27 points - to fire the Eagles into a 64 - 69 point lead with less than three minutes remaining on the clock.

But the Riders rallied as a team, snatching the cup from the Eagles grasp - a collective effort saw forwards Andy Sullivan and Jay Couisnard notch 19 and 18 points respectively - and in the final seconds, Couisnard scored two free-throws, to tip the scales in the Riders' favour and retain the cup.

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Leicester Riders excited ahead of BBL Cup Final

Leicester Riders take on arch rivals Newcastle Eagles, in the final of the British Basketball League Cup this weekend.

Head coach Rob Paternostro and experienced forward Andrew Sullivan are aiming high ahead of the tussle for silverware:

The big showdown will take place at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena on Sunday, where the Riders will be contesting their fifth major final in a row, after winning three out of four possible trophies last season.

They will also be looking for two BBL Cup victories on the bounce, after beating the Eagles 85 - 80 in a close-fought encounter in the same fixture last year.

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