Medway Park playoff finals round-up


Four playoff final trophies were handed out on Saturday in Medway Park as the season came to an end for the Founders Cup, Division 4 Men, Division 2 Women and Division 3 Men.
2012 national basketball finalists

Men's Founders Cup Final
London Rocco's Raiders 80 v Dagenham 68

 
London Rocco's Raiders repeated as National Founders Cup champions after defeating Dagenham 80-68 in the first game of the weekend.
 
Raiders made their move in the second quarter, turning a three-point lead into a double figure advantage by halftime and although Dagenham trimmed it to nine in the fourth, Rocco's held on for the back-to-back title.
 
Raiders' American Chris Doyal got the Most Valuable Player award for his well-balanced effort of 11 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Tim Edmonds was the game's top scorer with 24 Raiders' points while Dagenham were led by 13 points and 11 boards from Tadas Buivydas.
 
Rocco's were the stronger side in the paint, outscoring the opposition 48-36 inside, while Dagenham's tactic of trying to shoot their way out of a hole backfired as their 6 of 44 three point shooting shows.
 
 

Division 4 Men's playoff

Rossendale Raptors 91 v Worcester Wolves 87

 
Rossendale Raptors defeated Worcester Wolves 91-87 to become Division 4 Men's playoff champions in their first EBL season.
 
Although Raptors led from tip to buzzer Worcester remained in the game, and when Dorian Benjamin hit a three with less than 20 seconds remaining, Wolves had cut the lead to 89-87 after being down by double figures.
 
Rossendale, however, iced the game from the charity stripe to take home their second trophy of the season, having also won the Division 4 North league title.
 
The MVP was handed out to Rossendale's Ionut Slabu for his 24 points and 8 rebounds.
 
Raptors star guard Steven Gayle finished with 28 points and 10 assists but turned the ball over 6 times while Daniel Belgrave led Worcester with 26 points; both players played all 40 minutes.

Division 2 Women's Playoff

Loughborough Students Riders 73 v Newham NASSA Stars 64

 
After being denied titles in the Women's National Trophy and Midlands South East league, Loughborough Students Riders finally picked up a trophy this season after beating Newham Stars 73-64 in the Division 2 Women's playoff final.
 
Estonian Maaja Bratka led Riders with a triple-double performance (26 points, 10 blocks and 17 rebounds) earning her the rightful MVP. She did, however, have a dubious quadruple-double with her ten turnovers.
 
Trailing by six at the half, Riders had to do their work in the final two quarters and they did just that, outscoring Stars by 15 in the second half. When Bratka scored with two minutes left in the third they established a lead they wouldn't lose.
 
Rochelle Davids top-scored for Stars with 21 points and she also pulled in 10 boards, but her turnover total reached double figures as well.
 
Bratka's numbers were evident in the overall stats, as Riders were the best in rebounds (50-39), blocks (11-1) and points in the paint (24-14).

Division 3 Men's playoff

Newham Neptunes 78 v Manchester Magic 67

 
A 24-5 opening quarter set the scene for Newham Neptunes to win the Division 3 Men's playoff title after a 78-67 victory over Manchester Magic.
 
Magic, however, did exceptionally well and got themselves back in the game (trailed by only a single point midway through the fourth) but the momentum was with Newham and thanks to Ladi Brown's 18 point, 9 rebound performance, they won the playoff final.
 
Brown was selected as MVP, but he was well supported by teammates Will Ashby (11 points), Perry Lawson (11 points, 7 assists) and Anthony Okereafor (10 points).
 
Daniel Pilkington had a 15 point, 10 rebound double-double for Magic.
 
Neptunes shared the ball better than Manchester, leading the assists column 23-13, and their 27 points off Magic turnovers were also crucial.