Sheffield Steelers bring home the Challenge Cup.
The Sheffield Steelers Superleague Team competed last weekend in the Challenge Cup, hosted in Milan, and won in a spectacular final game against Porto Torres.
The Steelers got off to a great start in Italy, opening their campaign with a five point victory over Le Cannet (75-70).
The team's second match proved to be a tougher affair as Sheffield went down 57-72 to GSD Porto Torres; however, demonstrating the fight that saw them qualify for the competition, the Steelers responded to their defeat by storming to a 68-30 victory over HB Torino, a truly fantastic game for GB contender Lee Manning who didn't miss a shot from the key in all the game, achieving a "double double" for the 3rd game in a row. He was ably assisted by 17 year old GB player, Harry Brown.
Their fantastic form continued, seeing the Sheffield-side first defeating Leopards de Guyenne 80-65, with the whole squad playing in this fabulous game, giving newcomer Joe Williams (aged 20) some valuable international experience, and seeing Mark Scholefield (17) return to form.
In the final, Sheffield Steelers avenged their only loss with a 74-68 gritty victory over GSD Porto Torres – overcoming a 48-52 deficit at the start of the 4th period, helped no doubt by Terry Bywater scoring 45 points in the game. This is a great return to form for the GB player who has spent the last 6 months recovering from injury. Bywater and GB veteran Kevin Hayes were voted in the all star five. The whole squad played fantastically well all weekend to bring home the Challenge Cup! The Steelers have now won 3 from 4 Euro Cup competitions in their 25th year of club history.