Play-Off Final 2003
76 (23,48,68) (Davis 18, Blalock 17, Alderson 12)
83 (18,46,66) (Myers 26, Sheckles 14, Huntley/Singleton 13)
The Scottish Rocks
lifted the BBL Championship play-off crown - and the first title in the
club's history - with a 83-76 defeat of Brighton Bears in a pulsating final
at the NIA on Sunday.
And it was Trinidadian
star Shawn Myers who was the hero after firing 25 points and 10 rebounds
as the Braehead outfit upset the odds once more.
“We weren’t expected
to win but since we were outsiders, we had nothing to lose,” he said. “So
we came out on court and gave our all.”
The Rocks had made
the final after scraping past Sheffield 76-74 in the semis.
It was Brighton that
came out of the blocks the quickest with a 11-4 tear to open the game,
and they maintained the lead
throughout the opening
The Rocks stormed
back scoring 14 of the first 19 points of the second quarter to take a
32-28 lead, but Brighton closed the half out with an 8-4 run, including
a Rico Alderson bucket on the buzzer to lead 48-46. T
The third quarter
saw both sides trading baskets, with the Bears extending their lead to
eight before the Scots pegged them back.
A Ted Berry three-pointer
on the buzzer trimmed the National Cup winner's cushion to just 68-66 going
into the final period and a 9-0 run, capped by another Berry trey, took
the Scots 77-70 in front with five minutes left.
rallied to come within two points with a minute left but once Randy Duck
and Sterling Davis fouled out, their hopes receded.
Andt Ryan Huntley
and Most Valuable Player Myers sealed the game from the line as the Championship
came north of the border for the first time in 14 years.
It was the perfect
exit for coach Kevin Wall who will now return to the USA.
“It didn’t look like
we would have enough to get it done but those guys came through and I’m
really proud of them.
"Ted Berry was on
one leg and I had to take him out of there a couple of times. But he’s
a warrior and he wanted back in and that sums up this team.”
Davis led the Bears