BBL Cup: Newcastle Eagles and Glasgow Rocks reach final

Newcastle Eagles' Darius Defoe
Darius Defoe helped his Newcastle Eagles side to their fourth straight BBL Cup final

Newcastle Eagles and Glasgow Rocks will meet in the BBL Cup final after semi-final victories over Sheffield Sharks and Bristol Flyers respectively.

Rocks beat BBL newcomers Bristol 77-75 on the road on Friday before Sunday's 84-57 home success secured their place in the final on Sunday, 11 January.

Eagles held a 77-75 lead from the first leg in Sheffield earlier this month.

And last year's Cup runners-up saw off a Sharks fightback to win 85-76 at home on Friday for an aggregate success.

"I just put it down to our togetherness," Eagles forward/centre Darius Defoe said after his side advanced to their fourth straight Cup final.

"When we needed a stop in the fourth quarter and we were able to come together and get those stops. That's what gets you through big games."

BBL results 12-14 December
Friday, 12 December
BBL Cup: Bristol Flyers 75-77 Glasgow Rocks
BBL Cup: Newcastle Eagles 85-76 Sheffield Sharks
BBL Championship: Leeds Force 81-70 Durham Wildcats
BBL Championship: Worcester Wolves 85-80 Manchester Giants
Saturday, 13 December
BBL Championship: Surrey United 76-65 Leeds Force
Sunday, 14 December
BBL Cup: Glasgow Rocks 84-57 Bristol Flyers
BBL Championship: London Lions 82-96 Newcastle Eagles
BBL Championship: Durham Wildcats 63-65 Sheffield Sharks
BBL Championship: Cheshire Phoenix 97-86 Worcester Wolves

Eagles faced another big game on Sunday, and 27 points from the evergreen Charles Smith helped them defeat London Lions 96-82 to re-establish their lead at the top of the BBL Championship.

Worcester Wolves had moved level on points with Eagles by virtue of an 85-80 victory against Manchester Giants on Friday, but on Sunday Paul James's side were beaten 97-86 by in-form Cheshire Phoenix, who moved up to third with the win.

Sharks bounced back from their Cup exit to overturn a 16-point deficit and edge Durham Wildcats 65-63.

But it was a mixed weekend for Leeds Force, who beat Wildcats 80-71 on Friday before losing 76-65 to Surrey United on Saturday.

In the WBBL, Great Britain international Stef Collins inspired Cardiff Met Archers to the National Cup Final with a 30-point display to lift the Welsh side above Barking Abbey Crusaders 99-77.

Archers meet Sevenoaks Suns at Sheffield EIS on Sunday, 25 January after they beat Brixton Topcats 61-50 in the other semi-final.

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