Basketball: Riders hold off Eagles in final

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LEICESTER Riders lifted their first BBL Cup after holding off a spirited comeback from last year’s winners the Newcastle Eagles to triumph 85-80 in the final yesterday.

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.