Surrey Scorchers came out on top to triumph in the 2018 edition of the British Basketball All-Stars Championship, at the Copper Box Arena, on Sunday.
Creon Raftopoulos’ side edged out Leicester Riders for a 36-33 triumph in overtime to scoop the £25,000 winning prize.
“I am so happy for the guys,” said the Scorchers head coach. “We came in here, I don’t think many people gave us a chance but it is a format of basketball that plays into our up-tempo style, so it worked out for us.
“It was a big thing to win that Final. Last year, we had a lot of emotions, me personally with my dad, so I wasn’t in the right frame of mind so to come here and be able to coach to a level that allowed the players to win was absolutely great.”
2018 BRITISH BASKETBALL ALL-STARS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Double Elimination Stage
Worcester Wolves 6-45 London Lions
Bristol Flyers 43-30 Surrey Scorchers
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 40-45 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle (3OT)
DBL Sharks Sheffield 30-24 Leicester Riders
London Lions 29-21 Bristol Flyers
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 31-25 DBL Sharks Sheffield
Worcester Wolves 17-49 Surrey Scorchers
Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 22-37 Leicester Riders
Bristol Flyers 27-36 Surrey Scorchers
DBL Sharks Sheffield 20-31 Leicester Riders
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 24-34 Surrey Scorchers
London Lions 26-36 Leicester Riders
Surrey Scorchers 36-33 Leicester Riders (OT)