Cheshire Phoenix win their first British Basketball League Cup

Cheshire Phoenix won the British Basketball League Cup for the first time in their history when they defeated Worcester Wolves 99-88 in Birmingham.

After 16 years of trying, they finally got their hands on the prestigious trophy and will hope to carry this triumph into the rest of the 2017-18 season, with their next game against DBL Sharks Sheffield.

A sold-out crowd, the biggest ever attendance for a British Basketball event, saw the Phoenix triumph.

The key player on the night for the Phoenix was Malcolm Riley, (voted the most valuable player) who hit an impressive 26 points in the four quarters.

It was an even game in the first two quarters, as there was a battle of the big men between CJ Gettys of the Phoenix and Dallin Bachynski of the Wolves.

As the second half started to get into swing so did the Phoenix and their point guard Robert Sandoval decided he was going to take the game by the scruff of the neck and become the deciding factor by converting nine points along with controlling the game.

Cheshire coach Ben Thomas paid tribute to Sandoval’s second half efforts. He said: “He’s very much a confidence player, so coming out in the second half and getting to the basket straight away, that did wonders to Robert.

“We knew that if he could get into the lane he can create and he can score and that’s what happened.”

As a result, the Phoenix built a 10-point lead for the first time in the match and looked to stay in front for the rest of the game.

With seven minutes in the final quarter to go, the Phoenix extended the gap to 15 points and held on as the Wolves tried to chase the point-deficit.

In the end the Phoenix won buy 11 and saw out the game to seal cup glory.