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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 January 2007, 17:35 GMT
Guildford beat Rocks to claim cup
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The Guildford Heat held off a late rally by the Scottish Rocks to earn an 81-78 win in the BBL Cup final at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.

Defeat consigned the Rocks to cup final disappointment for the third time in the last four seasons.

Point guard Brian Dux scored the Heat's last 10 points, to make 21 in total, and was named most valuable player - Chad McKnight added 20 points.

Rocks were led by Sterling Davis, a pre-game injury doubt, with 21 points.

Guards Maurice Hampton and Rob Yanders added 19 and 18 respectively for the Glasgow-based team.

(Brian Dux) plays the same every game - perhaps the Rocks didn't do their homework on him

Michael Martin
Guildford Heat captain
Rocks started well, scoring nine unanswered points to close out the first quarter 27-16, but struggled in the second quarter.

The free-scoring McKnight sparked Guildford's revival, plundering 12 points, 10 in a row as the Heat finished the half 42-36 in front.

Rocks continued to toil in the third quarter and entered the game's final session 57-43 adrift.

But they still had something left to give the Heat a scare, though. After a three by Dan Wardrope gave the Heat a 68-57 lead with 4:47 remaining, Julius Joseph's three and five points in a row from Hampton brought the score back to 69-65.

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But Joseph's next three-point attempt missed and Dux nailed his effort from long range with 1:46 remaining to all but end the contest.

If there was any doubt about the result of the game, or who its chief protagonist had been, Dux drove for a basket with 55 seconds left to make the score 76-69 and added five free throws to secure Guildford's first piece of silverware before Davis' consolation three on the buzzer.

Guildford captain Michael Martin was full of praise for star man Dux.

You have to give credit to Guildford - they gave a great offensive and defensive effort

Thorsten Leibenath
Scottish Rocks coach
"It's what we expect of him - we need him to make those decisions out there on the floor," said Martin.  "Brian plays the same every game - he's very consistent. Perhaps the Rocks didn't do their homework on him."

Rocks' German coach Thorsten Leibenath admitted Guildford were the better team on the day.

"I thought in the second part of the first quarter and the fourth quarter we played well - but overall we didn't," he said.

Leibenath, who coached despite a debilitating back injury, praised the effort of Davis, his American forward who shrugged off a knee injury to play.

"I thought in the first half he was a little shy - avoiding contact - but he was his old self in the second half," he said.

"But you have to give credit to Guildford. They gave a great offensive and defensive effort."

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