Scottish Phoenix Mitsubishi Rocks 83 (18, 46,
Myers 26, Sheckles 14, Huntley/Singleton 13
Brighton Bears 76 (23, 48, 68)
Davis 18, Blalock 17, Alderson 12
Phoenix Mitsubishi Rocks secured their first ever BBL Championship
play-off title thanks to an 83-76 victory over the Brighton Bears
at the National Indoor Arena on Sunday evening.
This victory capped off an amazing post-season for the Rocks,
in which they had to defeat the top three sides in the BBL Championship
to end up victorious.
In a thrilling game, it was Brighton that came out of the blocks
the quickest with a 11-4 tear to open the game, and they maintained
the lead throughout the opening period.
The Rocks stormed back scoring 14 of the first 19 points of the
second quarter to take a 32-28 lead, but Brighton closed the half
out with an 8-4 run, including a Rico Alderson bucket on the buzzer
to lead 48-46.
The third quarter saw both sides trading baskets, with the Bears
attempting to extend their lead, but the Rocks pegged them back,
and a Ted Berry three-pointer on the buzzer saw the Bears hold
a slender two-point advantage at 68-66 going into the final stanza.
The final period saw the Rocks break the game open with a 12-4
burst to take the score out to 78-72, and the Rocks kept their
cool to secure the victory from the foul line.
Attaining their first play-off title ever, Rocks were significantly
aided by Shawn Myers, who won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award
with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Sterling Davis led the Bears'
scoring with 18 points.
Head Coach Kevin Wall commented, "We are thrilled to have
won this. I thought all along that we were somewhat fortunate
to do it, but I'm tickled that we have. It's fantastic for the
franchise and it's a great way to finish off, but I won't be changing
my mind about retiring."
Post-Game Press Conference
Wall (Rocks) & Nick Nurse (Bears): Click
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