Fantastic Feagin delivers captain’s performance

THE Knox Raiders rallied behind an outstanding performance on the big stage from their fearless leader Ke’Jhan Feagin to defeat the Rockingham Flames in the NBL1 Men’s National Final.

Wrapping up an exciting weekend of basketball, the Raiders and Flames went head to head at HBF Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Flames came in looking to defend last year’s title, and had the big game experience to get the job done in the National Final. On the other hand, the Raiders came to the tournament with just seven players available, and would need strong performances from their best players if they were to get the job done.

Rockingham’s experience shone through in the opening minutes of the game, where they stormed out to a 14-2 lead, on the back of some red-hot shooting. However, Knox steadied to close out the first quarter, before taking control with a dominant second period.

The Raiders jumped out to a four-point lead at the main break, and the second half ensured the margin remained around the same. Although the Flames were always within striking distance, Knox was able to hold on to secure a thrilling five-point win and take home the silverware.

Feagin was the standout for the Raiders, driving his side to the most important victory of the season with a classic performance.

Rockingham Flames (85) def. by Knox Raiders (90)

Ke’Jhan Feagin – 27 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Feagin delivered a performance full of leadership in the National Final, doing what it took to get the job done and steer his side to a remarkable victory despite having far less players to choose from.

Although Wayne Stewart Jr. was seemingly the man in the first half, Feagin was incredibly important across all four quarters in a terrific display.

He had a team-high 27 points in the stirring win, continuing his red-hot form of late and playing an extremely vital role on the offensive end. Feagin shot 11/24 from the field, never swayed by any tough defence he faced as the Flames looked to slow him down.

The inspirational captain was able to knock down shots from all across the court, including a quartet of three-pointers on eight attempts from behind the arc.

His playmaking was just as impressive, setting up Stewart Jr. and others with some excellent passing. Feagin was extremely dangerous working in pick and roll situations, either finding the roller or drawing in the defence and kicking out to a wide open teammate.

It was a damaging performance from Feagin as he led from the front as the Raiders capped off an impressive tournament by downing the reigning champs.

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