Bristol Flyers 59-67 Worcester Wolves (12-16, 25-34, 43-47)
(Flyers – G. Thomas 13, Thomas-Edwards 12, F. Thomas 10; Wolves – A. Williams 23, Hughes 12, Edwards 11)
Worcester Wolves have lifted the BBL Cup for the first time in their history, after beating Bristol Flyers 67-59 in Sunday’s final in front of a record 9,300 fans at Arena Birmingham and live on BBC Sport.
Amir Williams was named MVP after dominating the paint at both ends. The 6’11” former Memphis Grizzlies NBA Summer League centre posted 23 points on 73% shooting, completing a double-double with 13 rebounds and adding five big blocks.
There was sure to be a new name on the Cup for the first time in 11 years, with Wolves seeking to make-up for defeat in the final two years ago, and Flyers competing in their first BBL showpiece game.
And it was Matt Newby’s Wolves that led from tip-to-buzzer as Amir Williams scored eight first quarter points and grabbed four of his boards in the opening ten minutes, helping Wolves to an early 16-10 edge.
The lead peaked at 14 three minutes into the second half, following a fearsome defensive display, as Williams scored his team’s first seven points of the third period to make the score 41-27, capping a 14-4 run across the break; and that gave them enough to see off a late Bristol comeback.
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