The London Lions fell short in their Play-Off final contest with the all-conquering Newcastle Eagles at The O2, Greenwich.

In front of a record crowd of 14,700, the Eagles saw off early Lions’ industry, winning 96-84, with the help of an MVP performance by Rahmon Fletcher.

Lions’ GB captain Drew Sullivan contributed 27 points but it was not enough to secure the London side a victory for coach Vince Macaulay.

Fab Flournoy’s north-easterners had already won the BBL Cup, Trophy and Championship to make their injured player-coach the most decorated coach in the competition’s history.

Macaulay said afterwards: “It was a great day for British basketball. It wasn’t such a great day for us but we played our part.

“We started well and were confident, the Eagles’ run at the end of the first hit us hard but when we looked for second and third gears we just couldn’t find them.

“I want to thank my players for a great effort all season long and giving me everything they had, I’m proud of them, our London Lions fans? They are the best no doubt they lifted us time and again, I am delighted they had a day out and I promise them more.”

Newcastle Eagles coach Fab Flournoy said: “This team is the best team I’ve ever had – it’s probably not the most talented team I’ve ever had, the 2012 team was better in terms of talent. But this team is the best in terms of the acceptance of what we are and what we can do and how to play. This one’s more like a brotherhood.”

Macauley said of the London operation, based in the Copper Box on the Olympic Park: “We are two years and seven months old we have a group of fans that have grown and grown, the saw us through overtime at Sheffield they willed us through the playoff’s at Worcester and virtually carried us home in the second leg against Cheshire. They are magnificent and I can't praise them enough.”