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Brighton complete last four line-up


BBL Championship Play-off Quarter-Final
Brighton Bears  89  (27,45,66)  (Duck 24, Davis 19, Blalock 18)
Kinder London Towers  82  (19,39,53)  (Holloway 19, Dixon 14, O'Connell 13)

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 half-time. 

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.

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