History for Cheshire Phoenix with first BBL Cup title

Phoenix defeat Wolves in Cup Final.

BBL Cup Final

Worcester Wolves 88-99 Cheshire Phoenix (25-21, 40-41, 62-73)

Cheshire Phoenix made history with their first-ever BBL Cup title and first piece of silverware in over a decade as they overcame Worcester Wolves in the Final at Arena Birmingham.

Malcolm Riley was MVP with captain Orlan Jackman lifting the title for the second year in a row having won in 2017 with Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.

Leading scorers – Ojo 18, Bachynski 16, Dusha/Palmer 15 (Wolves) – Riley 26, Gettys 19, Sandoval/Falzon 12 (Phoenix)

Turning point – Wolves raced into an 8-0 lead, but Cheshire grew into the game and went into half-time with a narrow advantage. However, they turned on the style in the third with a 32-point quarter

Key stat – Both teams shot above 40% from 3-point range with Cheshire taking better care of the ball with 25 assists to 10 turnovers.

Game hero(es) – Malcolm Riley took MVP honours with an impressive display of 26 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists with CJ Gettys adding 19 points. Robert Sandoval had 8 assists and 5 steals to go with 12 points, while Tevin Falzon went 3 of 3 from downtown in his 12-point haul.

Box score.