89 (27,45,66) (Duck 24, Davis 19, Blalock 18)
Towers 82 (19,39,53) (Holloway 19, Dixon 14, O'Connell
National Cup holders
Brighton Bears safely advanced to the semi-finals of the BBL Championship
for the first time since they won the play-offs in 1995 with a comfortable
89-82 victory over London Towers on Easter Sunday.
Following the seeding
pattern, Nick Nurse's side now take on Newcastle Eagles in their last four
tie at the NIA on May 3 while Sheffield Sharks will meet the Scottish Rocks
for the other place in the final.
The south coast outfit
took a 27-19 first quarter lead with the help of a 10-3 surge but Towers
pulled back in the second before an 11-4 tear saw Bears 45-39 ahead at
A 15-6 third quarter
run extended their lead to 60-45, but the visitors hit back in the fourth
quarter. A couple of Shaheen Holloway three pointers helped Towers to trim
the deficit to two points at 76-74, before Bears responded through Ralph
Blalock and Randy Duck to lead 81-74.
Terrell Myers fouled
out on an unsportsmanlike foul with 24 seconds left and with it all hope
for London, whose coach David Lindstrom looks likely to be only one casualty
of a summer purge at Crystal Palace as the capital outfit regroup after
an ultra disappointing season.
Duck led all scorers
with 24 points for the victorious Bears. Holloway hit 20 for London.