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Lions the shock of last four


BBL Cup Quarter-Finals
Milton Keynes  82 (27,49,65) (Benjamin 26, Longpre 22, Jamison 10)
Sheffield 80 (22,40,58) (Davis 23, Yanders 15, Windle 13)

Milton Keynes Lions despatched BBL Cup holders Westfield Sharks Sheffield out of the competition at the quarter final stage with a nailbiting 82-80 success on Friday night.

Lions opened the game with an 8-0 burst and lead throughout the whole of the first three quarters before a 15-0 burst from the Sharks nudged them in front 75-74. After two Rob Yanders free throws had given Sharks
a 80-78 advantage with 20s remaining Lion's Ishua Benjamin stepped up to nail a basket to tie the game and after a Richard Windle's turnover it was Benjamin again who nailed the winning basket.

Brighton Bears 73 (14,32,61) (Huntley 21, Lepore/Williams 11)
Kularoo Plymouth Raiders 68 (18,34,46) (Beasley 18, Durham 16, Gall 8)

Brighton Bears were made to sweat but advanced into the semi finals of the BBL Cup with a 73-68 success over the Kularoo Plymouth Raiders.

After a close first half the Bears broke open a tight game after Steve Lepore bagged 3 three pointers in a 13-0 burst helping them to a 29-12 third quarter which moved them 61-46 clear at three quarter time. 

The Raiders notched a 10-1 burst inside the final quarter to trim the advantage to five but could get no closer.

Scottish Phoenix Honda Record Rocks 94 (26,46,72) (McIntosh 27, Joseph 21, Windless 16)
Thames Valley Tigers 82 (26,41,63) (James 20, Moore 20, Murray 17)

The Rocks booked their place at semi-final day at Ponds Forge by overcoming Thames Valley Tigers at the Braehead Arena.  It's the second year running they have knocked out the Tigers after beating them at the semi-final stage last season.

A tight first half saw the first quarter tied at 26 with the Rocks leading by 5 at 46-41 at half-time after the Tigers led by a point mid-way through the second.  However slowly the Rocks managed to edge away in the final two quarters leading 72-63 at the end of the third, Tigers managed to keep the game close at 6 points for most of the final quarter before the Rocks scored the game's last 6 points extending the lead to finish with a 12 point advantage.

Lamont McIntosh led all scorers with 27 of Scottish Rocks' points, he also got 10 assists and there was also a notable performance from debutant Tony Windless with 16 points.

Chester Jets 85 (20,43,61) (Moore 23, Myers 18, Davis/Dixon 13)
Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles 79 (17,37,60) (Hyatt 25, Bennett 19, Smith 13)

Chester Jets condemned Newcastle to only their second defeat of the season at the quarter-final stage of the BBL Cup.

The Eagles opened strongly at the Northgate Arena as they took a 6-0 lead but Jets bounced straight
back with an 8-0 tear of their own to take the lead, which they held for the rest of the quarter.
In the second Chester had a 12-2 burst in the first 5 minutes which took the lead to 34-23 but some
strong play from Frank Bennett kept the Eagles in it with a deficit of only 6 points at half-time,
43-37.  In the third stanza the Eagles managed to take the lead after a 17-3 tear which made the
score 53-56.  The score remained close and at 75-74 with a minute left Eagles' player/coach Fab
Flournoy fouled out, this was followed by a series of free-throws as the Jets closed the game out
from the foul line.

Jeremy Hyatt led all scorers with 25 points closely followed by Jets' Trey Moore who had 23.


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