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 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.