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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 March, 2005, 19:18 GMT
Eagles secure BBL Trophy victory
By Rob Dugdale

Newcastle Eagles won their first title for 13 years in emphatic style, beating Brighton Bears 85-60 in the BBL Trophy Final at the Brighton Centre.

Jeremy Hyatt led all scorers with 22 points as the Eagles took command of the game in the second quarter.

Team-mate Charles Smith was named most valuable player after scoring 18 points and taking nine rebounds in the final.

The win ends Brighton's hopes of completing a clean sweep of all four domestic titles this season.

Hyatt gave Newcastle the lead for the first time in the second quarter as the Bears struggled to score.

At the end of the day, we've got a trophy out of it. The organisation has something now
Newcastle player-coach Fab Flournoy

That lead grew to 15 points when Smith and Hyatt inspired a 10-0 start to the second half by the Eagles.

Despite 21 points from veteran England guard Ronnie Baker, Brighton were unable to close the gap.

Steve Lepore added 13 points for the Bears, while Frank Bennett and TJ Walker added 13 and 12 points respectively for the Eagles.

Newcastle Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy hailed his players after the victory.

"It's phenomenal for us - we controlled the game with our defence and made Brighton take some tough shots," he said.

"We clamped down on their inside players and shooters so well I wasn't aware how much the lead was growing.

"At the end of the day, we've got a trophy out of it. The organisation has something now."

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