March 30 - Worcester Wolves tasted their first slice of success in their eight-year British Basketball League (BBL) history with an 83-76 victory over the Glasgow Rocks in the Trophy final.
Galvanised by the 5,000-strong crowd in Glasgow, the Rocks marched to an early 25-15 lead with Great Britain international Gareth Murray sealing the first-quarter advantage with a buzzer-beating triple.
A second-quarter comeback by the Wolves was quelled by a later Murray-surge as he scored two triple pointers in thirty seconds to take his first half tally to 13 and ensure a 44-38 for the Rocks coming in to the break.
The momentum changed in the third period as the game's Most Valuable Player, Williams, and centre Will Creekmore inspired a Wolves charge as they restricted their opponents to just 11 points for the quarter, whilst firing themselves into a 56-55 lead.
The teams went toe-to-toe in the final quarter, with a flurry of three-pointers keeping the fixture even; however, a late Williams' burst saw the star man net an impressive seven points as the Wolves scored 11 points to their opponents two to open up a 75-68 lead heading into the last three minutes.
The Rocks fought valiantly to bring the tie back within three but the damage had already been done, with a succession of late free-throws sealing the win for the Wolves and their first BBL honours.
For his crucial late run and 26 match points, Williams was named MVP while Creekmore also had a big double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Murray was the stand-out player for the Rocks however his 21 points were not enough to secure Glasgow their first piece of silverware since 2003.
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