In the men’s match a 17-point 3rd quarter explosion from Loughborough’s Lucien Cristofis was enough to break the NBL National Cup Final wide open and sent the trophy home with the Riders. The final score was a dominant 82-63 win that Team Solent Kestrels were powerless to resist.
The game’s MVP award understandably went to Cristofis, who added 7 more points to his 3rd quarter haul for 24 total, adding six rebounds and two assists for good measure. The talented shooter went 5/8 from 3pt range.
Loughborough Riders Head Coach Mark Jarram,
“We knew there were certain key guys who we needed to limit their touches and make things really tough. Credit to our guys, they were able to be mindful of that and execute. Solent are very good in transition, particularly Herm (Senor II), he’s very quick and makes good decisions on the break, we just wanted to get bodies back and make him play half court.”
Loughborough Riders MVP Lucien Cristofis,
“Being MVP is a big achievement for me, probably one of the biggest for me so far. I had to pick myself half way through the game but my guys gave me energy and let me play with freedom. My mind set was ‘I can’t change the past, but I can still shape the future’ so I forgot about the 1st half, relaxed, and played my game. From there it just came naturally”