84 (30,56,69) (Gregory 24, Cauthorn 19, McCord 16)
Towers 82 (26,43,65)
(Warren 21, Dixon 18, Holloway 15)
Chester Jets made
it a third consecutive BBL Trophy success but had to survive a last second
scare before overcoming a spirited London Towers 84-82 at Sheffield Arena.
Behind a MVP performance
from Todd Cauthorn, the Jets were forced to the final possession by the
underdogs despite leading for much of the contest.
"The Trophy is very
special to me," stated Chester coach Robbie Peers.
"Over the last three
seasons, we've been in five finals but winning this one three years in
a row would be a real sign of consistency. And that's such a big thing
for a small club like ours.
"Each summer I try
to put a team together to be competitive and exciting on the floor but
that's hard to beat too."
The Londoners opened
the game with an 8-2 burst with all eight points coming from Kendrick Warren,
before a Jets' 8-2 reply tied the game at 11-11.
The sides traded
baskets before an 11-4 cross-quarter run from the Jets took the score out
to 34-26 early in the second period.
to stretch away throughout the quarter, leading by as many as fifteen points
at 53-38 off the back of a 13-4 tear, and ultimately led 56-43 at the half.
In the second half,
the Towers clawed their way back thanks to a 12-2 tear midway through the
third quarter to get to within three points at 66-63, and trailed by four
at 69-65 going into the final stanza.
The holders started
the final quarter with a 9-3 burst to lead 78-68, but a 10-4 Towers tear
got the score back to 78-82.
Kenny Gregory and
Calvin Davis scored a free-throw apiece to extend the Jets
lead to six points at 84-78, before Theo Dixon hit two buckets in the final
thirty seconds to reduce the deficit to two points at 84-82.
side had a chance to take the game to overtime, but Dixon's shot after
the final buzzer was ruled too late to give the Jets the victory.
Cauthorn was named
MVP thanks to a solid all-round performance, which included 19 points and
Gregory led all scorers
with 24 points for the Jets, while Warren led the Towers scoring
Peers added: “This
is the best of the lot. We had a lot of luck last year, but to win
consistently, is incredible, and to win three Trophy titles in a row is
Peers joins former
Kingston and Thames Valley Tigers head coaches Kevin Cadle and Mick Bett
respectively as the only coaches to have won three consecutive Trophy
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