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Brighton, Rocks roll into Cup final


BBL Cup Semi-Finalss
Milton Keynes Lions 68 (11,24,46) (Youngblood 19, Longpre 18, Jempierre 14)
Brighton Bears 78 (11,38,63) (Williams/Holley 20, Alleyne 14)

Brighton Bears secured their BBL Cup Final berth with a 78-68 victory over the Milton Keynes Lions at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Both sides traded baskets throughout the opening period, and were tied at 11-11 at the end of the quarter. In the second period, both sides enjoyed 6-0 bursts to keep the game level at 17-17, but with the Bears ahead 23-22, they made a decisive 13-0 to lead 36-22 towards the end of the first half. 

The Lions, who were without Shawn Jamison due to injury, began to fight back in the third period, and got to within eight points at 42-34 off the back of a 10-4 run. However, the Bears effectively made the game safe with a 9-0 run in the third to take the score out to 53-38. 

Yorick Williams and Tony Holley led all scorers in the game bagging 20 points each for the Bears, while Robert Youngblood led the Lions scoring with 19.

Chester Jets 90 (19,47,59) (Myers 31, Moore 20, Singleton 9)
Scottish Phoenix Honda Record Rocks 75 (17,39,63) (McIntosh 31, Henning 15, Perre 14)

Scottish Record Rocks claimed their BBL Cup Final place with a 90-75 victory over the TCS Chester Jets.  Both sides traded baskets in the opening period, but it was the Jets who made the early break in the second quarter with a 11-0 run to take the score out to 30-17.  The Jets
increased that lead to fifteen points at 40-25 thanks to Shawn Myers cool head from the foul line,
but the Rocks came back at them with a 25-7 run across the half-time interval to take a 50-47 lead
midway through the third period.  The final stanza saw the Rocks extend their lead in the game, and
despite a gallant attempt at a fightback from the Jets, the Rocks held their nerve from the charity
stripe to secure their second Cup Final berth in two seasons.  Rookie Lamont McIntosh was the star
man for the Rocks netting 31 points, 21 from behind the three-point line, while Shawn Myers also
netted 31 points for the Jets.


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