Sydney Kings defeat Tasmania JackJumpers to win NBL grand final

The Sydney Kings have defeated the JackJumpers in game three of the NBL grand final series, denying Tasmania a title in their maiden season.

The Kings swept the JackJumpers 3-0 in the series, sealing the title with a 97-88 victory in front of a record crowd. 

In the must-win game for the JackJumpers, the away side led at every interval.

But the Kings dominated the last quarter, scoring 31 points to 19 to take game three and the championship.

Xavier Cooks and Ian Clark were instrumental for the Kings, scoring 23 and 22 points respectively, in front of a grand final record crowd of 16,149 people.

Their baskets in the second half helped lift the Kings to their first championship since 2005.

Cooks was named the most valuable player of the grand final series, capping off an impressive season. 

“Man it feels really really good. It took a long time coming but we finally got here,” Cooks said.

Clark was a late addition to the Kings this season, joining the team in February.

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