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Sheffield claim the Cup


BBL Cup Final, NIA

Scottish Rocks 70  (14, 36, 64)
(Williams 26, McGee 15, Martin 12, Bunyan 6)

Sheffield Sharks 83 (24, 46, 64)
(Coleman 22, Stewart 17, Reinking 13)

An MVP performance from Lynard Stewart helped Sheffield Sharks to lift the Haribo Cup in a fairly one-sided final at the NIA, 17 points and 8 rebounds from the American inspiring Peter Scantlebury's men to an 83-70 victory over the Scottish Rocks.

In front of an announced crowd of around 6000, the Sharks enjoyed a 16-4 tear towards the end of the opening period  to take the score out to 24-11.  The Sharks then scored the first eleven points of the second quarter to open up what proved to be an indelible cushion as Stewart and Justin Phoenix established dominance inside. 

Terrance McGee - shaking off an ankle sprain to play - scored five points in a 14-2 burst to trim the deficit back to single figures at 43-36 with 48 seconds left in the half. 

An Iain McKinney three-pointer with eight seconds remaining bought the lead back to ten points at 46-36 going into the second half. 

The third period saw the Rocks begin to fight back as Jerry Williams scored six of the their eight points in an 8-2 run to trim the deficit back to nine points at 59-50, but Sheffield bagged the last five points of the quarter to lead 64-50 going into the final stanza. 

The Rocks opened the quarter with a 12-5 burst to get back to within seven at 69-62, but they could get no closer as the Sharks sealed the victory from the foul line and it was HL Coleman who led the team scoring with 22. 

“They pushed us all the way and although we had a gap, they came back and chased us to the end,” said Scantlebury.

“But we’ve worked hard this first half of the season and I’m glad the guys have something to show for it.”

Former Shark Williams led all scorers with 26 for the Rocks but he was too often a lone competitor for his side.

“He was fairly along alone out there at times and I don’t think he could have done any more,” praised Rocks coach Steve Swanson, who will step up his search for a much-needed replacement for Niki Arinze this week.

“He made some really big shots and losing is toughest on him because he carried the load even when Sheffield were keying in on him."

Sheffield: Coleman 22, Stewart 17, Reinking 13, Phoenix 11, Yanders 9, McKinney 6, Windle 5, Okorie/Keeley/Lawson DNP

Scottish: Jerry Williams 26, McGee 15, Martin 12, Bunyan 6, Perre 5, Gordon 3, Kruse 3, Junior Williams 0, Tackie/Campbell DNP

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