BBL Play-offs: Newcastle Eagles & London Lions reach Play-offs final

Rahmon Fletcher
Rahmon Fletcher was the star performer for Newcastle Eagles in their second-leg victory

Newcastle Eagles and London Lions will meet in the BBL Play-Offs final after reaching Sunday's showpiece at the O2 Arena in contrasting fashion.

The Eagles beat Sheffield Sharks 118-78 to complete a 209-168 aggregate win.

It will be their fourth successive final and they were inspired by 28 points from Rahmon Fletcher.

The Lions lost 85-77 at Cheshire Phoenix, but went through by a narrow 158-153 margin after winning Friday's home leg of their semi-final 81-68.

Zaire Taylor, last season's Play-off Final MVP with Worcester Wolves, shone once again, scoring 32 points for the capital club - the last few coming from the free throw line as he settled the contest during a nervy final minute following Phoenix's 17-3 start to the fourth quarter.

The Eagles are likely to start the final as favourites as they look to complete a second clean sweep of silverware in the space of four years.

Fab Flournoy's side went into the second leg against the Sharks holding only a single-point lead from the first match in Sheffield.

But the BBL Championship, Cup and Trophy winners dominated the return, racking up 31 assists as a team.

"Players are playing hurt, we haven't really practised much, but I was delighted with the heart and togetherness that we demonstrated," Flournoy said.

"It's has been a long season but to play through that season and produce what we did on Sunday was very gratifying."

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