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Riders clinch BBL Cup

Leicester Riders lifted their first BBL Cup after holding off a spirited comeback from Newcastle Eagles to triumph 85-80 in the final.

Leicester looked to be cruising to victory when they took a 65-51 lead into the final quarter, with Jay Cousinard in particularly fine form by hitting three straight three-pointers to boost his side.

However, the 2006 and 2012 winners, who are the current leaders of the BBL Championship, hit back and narrowed the deficit to two points but the Riders kept their composure and saw the game out with two late scores.

Cousinard contributed 17 points for the victors, while Jamell Anderson and Anthony Rowe added 15.

Joe Chapman was unlucky to be on the losing side after scoring 29 of his side's points.

Cousinard, who was named MVP following his efforts today, told BBC Sport: "We knew Newcastle weren't going to quit and they were going to come at us with a run.

"We've got a lot of players who can play from one to 12 - that's why we're so good - we're so balanced."

Newcastle guard Chapman added: "We always fight to the end - it was just a classic battle. We just ran out of gas towards the end."