Astonishing comeback not enough in Newcastle

Eagles hold off Sharks fightback to keep perfect league record.

BBL Championship

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 100-93 DBL Sharks Sheffield (25-17, 58-42, 77-60 )

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle made it eight wins from eight in the BBL Championship but needed to survive a late scare against DBL Sharks Sheffield.

Fab Flournoy’s side were cruising to victory before a late fightback made it a one-point game in the closing stages of the contest.

Leading Scorers – Paige 28, Jukic 16, Nimley 14 (Eagles) – Alexander 23, Williams 20, Wroblicky 14 (Sharks)

Turning point – Newcastle raced out to a 13-2 start and dominated the first half with 33 points in the second as they led by 16 at the break. The lead was still at 17 heading into the fourth, but the visitors rallied to close within a single point at 93-92 before the Eagles closed out the win with a 7-1 finish.

Key stat – The Sharks gave up 24 turnovers, while Newcastle were much more clinical with the ball – dishing out 34 assists and only committing 10 turnovers themselves.

Game hero(es) – Jaysean Paige was in top form in the first half with 23 points heading into the interval and would finish with 28 points, six rebounds and 10 assists. On the defensive end, Zarko Jukic starred with 5 blocks to go with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while Kai Williams – 12 points, 9 rebounds – neared a double-double.

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Words: BBL Official

Image: Andy Chubb