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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 May, 2003, 18:31 GMT 19:31 UK
Rocks shock Brighton
Ted Berry helped the Scottish Rocks to victory
Ted Berry led the Rocks to victory
Kevin Wall ensured a fairytale ending to his British Basketball League career when his Scottish Rocks completed a remarkable victory over Brighton Bears to claim the BBL Play-off Championship.

Wall had decided before the end-of-season play-offs to return to his family in Texas but his Rocks side made sure he finished with a winners medal.

The Rocks beat the top three seeds - including defending champions Chester in the quarter-finals and League winners Sheffield in the semis en route to the hard-earned 83-76 victory over Brighton.

Rocks' forward Shaun Myers got the first score of the afternoon, but Brighton soon moved into a decent lead, chalking up seven unanswered points at 11-4 with centre Wilbur Johnson finding his range early on.

Yet some cool shooting from the free-throw line, coupled with a double three-pointer from guard Ryan Huntley kept the Glasgow side in touch at the end of the first quarter, trailing just 23-18.

The Rocks went on a 10-0 blitz to surge ahead 32-28, but Brighton surged back to edge the first half 48-46.

Scottish Rocks coach Kevin Wall
We have taken a step as far as being competitive with the best teams in this league
Scottish Rocks coach Kevin Wall

There was little to chose between the two sides in the third, and five unanswered points towards the end of the quarter cut the deficit to 63-61.

Rocks' skipper Ted Berry hit what proved to be a huge three-pointer to pull the ball game back to 68-66 going into the final 10 minutes, and the Rocks were up by two at 72-70 when Myers completed a steal to catch some air before slam-dunking the ball into the net .

Brighton brought the score back to 78-76 as the match moved into the final minute, but that was as close as Nick Nurse's men came and the Rocks closed out the most unlikely of triumphs, with Myers bagging a game-high 26 points.

The triumph is a phenomenal achievement for the Rocks who had reached the final for the first time in their history and was the first success for a Scottish team since 1989.

It was also finals day in the National Basketball League.

In the men's conference final, Teesside Mohawks overcame Reading Rockets 97-93 and Sheffield Hatters beat Rhondda Rebels to the women's title.




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