Basketball: Bears and Rocks head for final

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Brighton Bears cruised into the final of the British Basketball League Cup with a 78-68 win over a critically-depleted Milton Keynes Lions in the first of the semi-finals at Sheffield's Ponds Forge last night.

They will meet Scottish Rocks in the final at Birmingham's NIA on 16 January, after the Glasgow club's surprise win over Chester Jets by 90-75. The Rocks outscored Chester 24-12 to lead 63-59 at the end of the third quarter, inspired by eight three-pointers from 31-point Lamont McIntosh.

Lions were without their leading rebounder, Shawn Jamison, after the 6ft 8in American damaged knee ligaments in the 79-70 BBL Championship defeat against Sheffield Sharks on Friday. Jamison, who is the third highest rebounder in the BBL averaging over 11 boards per game, could be out for over a month.

The lunacy of a fixture list which forced the Lions to play a run-of-the-mill Championship fixture 48 hours before what might prove to have been their biggest game of the season, became apparent as the Bears took control with a 13-0 run last night to open a 36-22 lead.

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