London Lions dominate Newcastle Eagles to lift…
WBBL Cup Final
London Lions 87-47 Newcastle Eagles (18-8, 39-18, 59-27)
(Lions – Stewart 20, Leonard 12, Leedham-Warner 11 ; Eagles – McVicar 16, Eadsforth-Yates 10, Cipcic 6)
London Lions lifted the WBBL Cup after beating Newcastle Eagles 87-47 in the final at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena in front of an incredible crowd of 6188 and those watching live on Sky Sports.
Azania Stewart was named MVP after she dominated the showpiece event at both ends of the court. The Lions Centre scored 20 points in a commanding display, contributing one assist and six rebounds.
There was set to be a new name on the WBBL Cup as both sides played their first final in the competitions history and it was a historic occasion for the Lions as they took the glory on a great occasion in Birmingham.
After both sides traded early points, the Lions took charge of the match with a dominant display throughout. Cassie Breen starred throughout the first half and was the top scoring Lion with nine points to her name.
After an entertaining first half the Lions found themselves in a commanding position at the break leading by 21 points. Both sides continued to entertain the crowd in the third quarter, but it was the Lions who took a firm grip on the final as they continued to extend their score.
A crowd of over 6000 were treated to a further 48 points in the final quarter of the match, despite being on the losing side Maddy McVicar starred for the Eagles top scoring with 16 points. Meanwhile MVP, Stewart continued to show her class.
Winning Head Coach, Mark Clark was delighted with their side’s performance on the big stage, he said:
“I’m really pleased to get the win, it’s a nice way to end the first half of the season. I think Newcastle did an excellent job and they did really well to reach the final. We’re really pleased to win the game.
“We’ve never won the WBBL Cup before so it’s really nice to pick up some silverware and the group really do deserve it. The crowd mean everything to us, it’s so important for the game.”
MVP, Azania Stewart said:
“I think any of our team could have won it, this afternoon my team really found me and put me in positions to be successful. I feel we’ve been working so hard, it’s a great afternoon and I am really really proud.”
On what was an attendance record breaking afternoon at the Utilita Arena, Birmingham WBBL Chairman, Jim Saker said:
“It was an absolutely fantastic contest between two great teams and many congratulations to London Lions on lifting the BBL Cup this afternoon. Today’s game was a great showcase for British basketball and more so to highlight the progression of the WBBL and women’s basketball as a whole. It was outstanding to see such amazing support from the crowd in our first major event since the start of the pandemic and I hope what they’ve seen will inspire them to attend and follow more WBBL matches in the future.”