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Birmingham A's through to basketball national cup final

by Matt Ratcliffe
Callum Lawson shoots for 3 points... Credit: ITV News Central

The Birmingham A's under 18s basketball team are through to the Sureshot National Cup final, after they beat Lewisham Thunder by eight points.

... and the ball drops straight through the hoop Credit: ITV News Central

Callum Lawson, who is also in the England under 18s national team, netted a number of three-pointers to help the A's to a 75 - 67 win.

The competition is the basketball equivalent of the FA Youth Cup, and they will take on a team from Newham (NASSA), in London, in the final in two weeks time.

The Birmingham A's on the attack Credit: ITV News Central

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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.

Spanish star hoping for Riders' cup success

After helping the Leicester Riders to a trio of trophies in his first season - and their most successful one ever - last year, point guard Jorge Calvo knows what it takes to win the big games.

Ahead of Sunday's BBL Cup final encounter with Newcastle Eagles, the twenty-five year-old Spaniard is looking to continue his early success with the side:

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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Leicester Riders to move to new £2.5 million stadium

Leicester Riders are expecting to move into a new £2.5m stadium next season.

It is hoped the 2,000 seat arena will link-up the Riders, Leicstershire County Cricket Club and Leicester College.

Leicester Riders with their first trophy in 12 years Credit: ITV News Central

The leasing on their current stadium at De Montfort ended at the end of the season leaving them homeless.

Residents near the proposed stadium are concerned about potential noise pollution and constant traffic on match-days.

Congratulatory tweets for triumphant Leicester Riders

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Congratulations to the @ridersbball on their #BBLPlayoffFinal victory this afternoon. Final Score: Leicester Riders 68-57 Newcastle Eagles

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@itvcentral @itvnews it's First time Leicester Riders have won the Treble in clubs 46 Year History

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Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have completed a historic treble, beating the Newcastle Eagles 68-57 in the #BBLplayoffFinal!

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