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BBL Play-Off Final 2005
Sullivan inspires Eagles to play-off crown



 
 
 
 
 

BBL Championship Play-Off Final (NIA)

Newcastle Eagles      78 (Sullivan 27, Walker 15, Smith/Hyatt/Bennett 9)
Chester Jets               75 (Moore 20, Harrison 14, Singleton 13)
(1Q: 13-14, HT: 37-38, 3Q: 55-60)
 

Newcastle Eagles lifted the BBL Championship play-off title in a stunning final at the NIA, coming from behind to beat Chester Jets 78-75 to underline their status as British basketball's new pre-eminent club.

Their potent mix of hard-working Americans and home-grown talent proved decisive and fittingly, it was young British star Andrew Sullivan who rose highest to the occasion, his game-best 27 points proving the decisive factor as he picked up the Most Valuable Player award for his brilliant display.

Fittingly, it was young British star Andrew Sullivan who rose highest to the occasion, his game-best 27 points proving the decisive factor as he picked up the Most Valuable Player award for his brilliant display.

Chester, the league champions, trailed only twice in the first half and led 36-31 before the Tyneside outfit cut the deficit to just one at the interval. 

Propelled by Trey Moore, the Jets soared six ahead before Fab Flournoy’s men stirred, Sullivan and Charles Smith joining forces to spark an 8-0 run which put the BBL Trophy winners up 74-70 with 90 seconds to go. 

It was the Eagles’ biggest cushion but it was enough, Paul Smith’s side unable to force overtime as Calvin Davis’ desperation attempt fell short.

“We’ve been working towards this for three years,” said Flournoy, only the second player-coach to secure this crown. “I try to lead by example and we work hard and do the right things. This is a reward for all that.”
 


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