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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