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Newcastle Eagles defeat Cheshire Jets in Trophy final

By Rob Dugdale
at the Guildford Spectrum

Charles Smith
Smith was named MVP for the final in Guildford

Newcastle Eagles destroyed Cheshire Jets 111-95 to retain the BBL Trophy at the Guildford Spectrum.

Charles Smith was named man of the match after scoring 27 points and taking nine rebounds, and Joe Chapman and Darius Defoe added 21 points each.

Shawn Myers hit 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Jets' losing cause.

Newcastle scored 42 points to break the game open in the second quarter, taking a 22-point half-time lead that they were never in any danger of losing.

The win is Newcastle's 12th title in the last five years, a run that began with their first Trophy success in 2005.

Since then they have appeared in every Trophy final and this, their fourth win, equals the mark set by the Jets, who won four in a row from 2001-2004.

Although the Jets scored the first seven points of the final, Newcastle's response - 14 unanswered points including six off the bench from Chapman - hinted at the total domination to come.

After trailing 15-27 at the end of the first quarter, the Jets came back with threes from Paul Peterson and Myers to trail 26-29.

But the remainder of the first half was all Newcastle, Charles Smith igniting a 14-4 run with eight points of his own and Chapman later hitting a pair of threes to take the Eagles into half-time on a 16-6 streak to lead 64-42.

Cheshire made few inroads into the lead in the third quarter despite tireless work from the 40-year-old Myers.

Leading 89-63 and with the game decided, the Eagles set about setting a new record for the most points scored in a BBL Trophy final.

Their 111 beats the previous highest score by 15 points and only missed setting an all-time record for BBL finals by two.

Newcastle's Smith acknowledged that the Trophy has a special meaning for the Eagles.

"It's the first one the club ever got and it feels good to keep hanging on to that one," he told BBC Sport. "The fans come out and support us big time every night so it's great to do it for them and the club.

"I think we were just able to get on top of them and when we did, we just never let up - I think that was the key to it."

Smith also paid tribute to Shawn Myers' mammoth efforts for Cheshire.

"It's great to see him still doing it," said Smith. "I don't know how he does it, because I don't plan on being around at that age, but he's playing great."

Myers himself felt Cheshire let themselves down for the second time in a final this season.

"Newcastle stick to doing one thing and we didn't - I think we were a little complacent," he said.

"It's just frustrating to lose by that many. We'll be distracted by it for a couple of days but we have to go back to the drawing board."



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