Leeds Carnegie produced an incredible late comeback to claim the 2013 Sportcover National Cup final, defeating Bristol Academy Flyers 66-64 on Sunday at Ponds Forge.
Carnegie scored the final 14 points of the game - all inside of the last two and a half minutes - as they erased a 12 point deficit in that timespan and took the front in the final 20 seconds.
Henry Wilkins (195-SG-90) was the hero and was named as MVP as he tallied 11 points and 2 steals in the closing moments on his way to 21 points in the game. He started the decisive run with a jump shot from just inside the three point line.
After Jack Stannard (186-G-90) had made two from two at the line, Wilkins knocked the ball loose from Bristol guard Fran Robles and dunked it home from David Ajumobi's pass to cause Bristol coach Andreas Kapuolas to call a timeout having seen his team's advantage half in the span of 40 seconds.
Coming out of the break, Bristol missed a three point shot and again it was Wilkins again to the fore as he drove to the hoop for a layup, drawing a foul from Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye in the process and sinking the free throw to bring his team within three.
With a large contingent of the crowd now loudly supporting the student team, Bristol missed a couple of shots on their next possession and Wilkins stepped up again, sinking a three pointer from the top of the key to bring the scores level.
Wilkins wasn't done as on the next Bristol possession he knocked the ball loose from Robles again, forcing the Spaniard to foul him and send him to the line to avoid the fast break score. Wilkins only sunk one of two shots, but that put his team in front and crucially he grabbed the rebound off the second shot, forcing Bristol to foul him again to stop the clock.
With two shots from the line to give his side a three point lead, Wilkins finally failed to produce as he missed both and the ball went out of bounds off Leeds, giving Kapoulas a chance to call timeout a draw up a play to give his team a shot to win it.
The inbounds play didn't work though as the ball was knocked away from Doug McLaughlin-Williams and went out of bounds off the Bristol player giving Carnegie the ball back. Robert Marsden scored his 20th point of the game from the line after he was fouled to stop the clock, leaving Bristol just a handful of seconds to overcome the gap.
Greg Streete drove the length of the court and put up a runner from the middle of the lane that rimmed out, Enrique Garcia could only tip the ball straight up in the air on the rebound and as the ball rolled away the final buzzer sounded, sparking huge celebrations on the Leeds bench.
Leeds had actually started the game brightest, leading 14-8 at one stage in the first quarter, but Bristol scored 16 points in a row spanning the first quarter break including triples from Robles and Jack Griffiths. It was a three pointer from Wilkins that ended the scoring at the first half and brought the scores level at 30 going into the locker rooms.
Another big run for Bristol spanning the third quarter break looked to have clinched the game. They outscored Leeds 21-2 from the midpoint of the third quarter until there were 8 minutes left in the game, but in the end this just set the scene for Carnegie's amazing comeback.
Full highlights of the game will be produced in due course, but for now here are Henry Wilkin's personal highlights from the end of the game - Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk
Surrey Scorchers (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Gabe McCray (201-91kg-94, college: South Carolina State). He supposed to play at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. McCray played in the final of MEAC Tournament. He received All-MDJUCO 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time. McCray graduated from South Carolina State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List... [read more]
Surrey Scorchers (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Gabe McCray (201-91kg-94, college: South Carolina State). He supposed to play at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. McCray played in the final of MEAC Tournament. He received All-MDJUCO 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time. McCray graduated from South Carolina State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Esh Group Eagles claimed their third consecutive BBL Cup title after defeating Glasgow Rocks 91-83 in front of a large crowd at the Barclaycard Arena. Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, college: Green Bay) netted 29 points and dished out six assists to claim his third successive MVP award with Deondre Parks adding 25 points. The Eagles led by as many as 23 points in the contest and held off a valiant late run from Glasgow to secure another BBL piece of silverware. Neil Watson made a hot start... [read more]
Esh Group Eagles claimed their third consecutive BBL Cup title after defeating Glasgow Rocks 91-83 in front of a large crowd at the Barclaycard Arena.
Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, college: Green Bay) netted 29 points and dished out six assists to claim his third successive MVP award with Deondre Parks adding 25 points.
The Eagles led by as many as 23 points in the contest and held off a valiant late run from Glasgow to secure another BBL piece of silverware.
Neil Watson made a hot start with two triples in a 10-0 start before Fletcher got the Eagles going with seven points to close within a point.
Another triple from Watson followed as the duel continued with both players up to nine points by the end of the first with the Rocks up by one.
The Eagles went on 13-1 run as Fletcher moved to 15 points to help the Eagles open up a nine-point gap.
The advantage doubled as Newcastle closed the half with a 10-0 run including a corner three from Drew Lasker and a pull-up triple from Deondre Parks before the buzzer.
Gareth Murray netted back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third, but the Eagles went on another run to further increase their lead with Scott Martin making it a 20-point game.
Parks ended the third with another triple to make it 72-49 with the Eagles already seemingly out of reach.
However, the Rocks did not give up and mounted a determined late surge with Watson moving to 28 points as the gap was cut to just seven points in the final minute.
The damage had been done and Newcastle were able to celebrate a historic success.
Fab Flournoy equalled a BBL Cup Final record by finishing with five steals in the win to tie Tony Holley's 2005 record.
There were two crucial games in the BBL on Saturday night, with significant wins for Surrey Scorchers and Bristol Flyers. Scorchers made it into the BBL Trophy quarter-finals after winning with a buzzer-beater for the second night in a row. Tayo Ogedengbe(198-F-87) hit 20 points to lead Scorchers in an 88-87 defeat of London Lions at the Copper Box Arena, but it was Will Neighbour who provided the heroics with a tip-in to win the game with one second remaining. Meanwhile, in the BBL Cha... [read more]
There were two crucial games in the BBL on Saturday night, with significant wins for Surrey Scorchers and Bristol Flyers.
Scorchers made it into the BBL Trophy quarter-finals after winning with a buzzer-beater for the second night in a row. Tayo Ogedengbe (198-F-87) hit 20 points to lead Scorchers in an 88-87 defeat of London Lions at the Copper Box Arena, but it was Will Neighbour who provided the heroics with a tip-in to win the game with one second remaining.
Meanwhile, in the BBL Championship, Aaron Cosby's 26 points led Flyers to an 81-73 victory over Worcester Wolves. It means Flyers leapfrog Wolves into the Play-Off places and, crucially, they now hold the head-to-head over their rivals after making it six consecutive wins.
BBL Trophy, First Round London Lions 87 (25,47,57) (Niktash 28, Hassan 24, Williams 16) Surrey Scorchers 88 (18,39,63) (Ogedengbe 20, Margai 15, Popoola 15)
Surrey Scorchers have completed the BBL Trophy quarter-final line-up after winning with a buzzer-beater for the second night in a row, 88-87 against rivals London Lions at the Copper Box Arena. It is a third win in four games for the Scorchers, after Albert Margai's last gasp three-pointer against Manchester Giants in the league on Friday.
And three-pointers proved to be decisive in this game too, after Lions had established a double-digit first half lead at 40-28 when Joe Ikhinmwin was fouled scoring a triple, and Kai Williams added another for the hosts.
But Tayo Ogedengbe - who led the Scorchers with 20 points and 6 rebounds - provided a clue as to what would come when his three-pointer narrowed the deficit just before the half.
Scorchers dominated the third quarter, taking their first lead of the game on Quincy Taylor's reverse lay-up in a run of 17 unanswered points, Ogedengbe adding another five, to go up 56-51.
And that was followed by a three-point barrage to start the fourth quarter. Scorchers took their largest lead when Lekan Popoola, Margai and Taylor all connected to make the score 69-60. Navid Niktash - who led all scorers with 28 points - hit two of his own to keep the hosts close, and the first 15 points of the quarter had come from beyond the arc.
Scorchers looked to have won the game when Popoola and Will Neighbour added two more treys in the space of 17 seconds. But there was more late excitement to come. Niktash made another pair of quick triples and when Alex Owumi added another with 39 seconds to play, the Lions were back to within one at 86-85; before snatching the lead back soon after with a pair of Zaire Taylor free-throws with 20 seconds to play.
But Scorchers, fresh off the memory of the previous night, took the ball to the basket with Quincy Taylor, who teed up Neighbour for the tip in with one second to play. The teams shared 27 three-pointers in the game, including 12 in that final quarter, with Scorchers shooting 52%. Popoola hit 5/7 (71%) for Scorchers, and Williams scored 4/7 for Lions (57%).
Bristol Flyers made it six wins in a row with a decisive 81-73 defeat of the Worcester Wolves in an M5 derby that has developed into somewhat of a rivalry. The win means that Flyers leapfrog the Wolves into the Play-Off spots, sending their visitors down to ninth in the BBL Championship table; it also, crucially, means that Bristol have taken the head-to-head between the two teams.
And they set about their opponents early in this game and led throughout, after Leslee Smith scored ten first quarter points including six in an 11-4 opening. The score reached double-digits early in the second stanza as Aaron Cosby's three-pointer capped a 9-2 run for 31-19.
Wolves had their best spell with a response of 11 unanswered points, started by a Danny Huffor triple and including Marek Klassen twice getting out on the fast break as increased defensive intensity forced turnovers.
But Flyers halted any momentum with the final basket of the half, before Smith hit the first five points after the break to extend the lead back to 44-32; and it reached 55-38 when Hameed Ali and Cosby made consecutive 'and-one' plays.
The game look buried when the lead peaked at 66-47 as Cosby opened the fourth with a three-pointer, but the Flyers had to see off a late Worcester revival.
Another 11-0 run, including five for Andrew Bachman, initially trimmed the deficit to single figures, and they were back to 77-73 with just 42 seconds to play when Huffor scored a pair of three-pointers.
But Cosby and Greg Streete did enough to see the game out from the free-throw line. It is the first time in five meetings that Bristol have beaten Wolves on their home floor, and their current run started after a previous defeat to this opposition and includes another win against them.
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