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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005, 20:53 GMT
Walker inspires Eagles to Cup win
by BBC Sport's Rob Dugdale
at the National Indoor Arena

Newcastle Eagles took the BBL Cup with a 83-69 victory over London Towers at the National Indoor Arena.

TJ Walker was named the Most Valuable Player for Eagles with an impressive double double of 28 points and 12 rebounds on the way to victory.

Eagles' head coach Fabulous Flournoy said: "TJ had a wonderful game.

"From the outset you can sometimes tell when it's going to be a special day for a player - and that is what I saw with TJ tonight."

Eagles led for much of the game and were fastest out of the traps, scoring nine of the opening 11 points, before Towers battled back - bagging the following 10 points.

An Andrew Bridge three-pointer started Eagles off on another tear later in the quarter as Newcastle retook the lead and finished the first stanza 22-17 to the good.

But Eagles' response was immediate and their 6-0 run gave them an advantage they would not surrender.

Lynard Stewart and Niki Arinze shouldered the scoring burden for Towers in the third, but their efforts were not enough as a TJ Walker-inspired Eagles stretched their lead into double figures, leading by as many as 14 points at 58-44.

Eagles bagged seven in a row to lead 71-57, and Wadley's seventh three pointer of the game at the close was mere consolation for Towers.

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