Eagles move closer to guaranteed second spot
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 82-58 DBL Sharks Sheffield (10-20, 37-32, 57-42)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle recorded their second home win this week as they overcame a slow start to beat DBL Sharks Sheffield.
It completed a series sweep in the league as Newcastle move a step closer to locking down second spot in the BBL Championship.
Leading scorers – Paige 24, Gunjuna/J Williams 15 (Eagles) – Alexander 17, Wroblicky/Marsden/Rolls-Tyson 9 (Sharks)
Turning point – Sheffield made a bright start in search of a first league win in Newcastle since 2011 as they led by 12 in the opening period, but the Eagles recovered well with a dominant second quarter and held the visitors to just 22 points in the middle periods.
Key stat – The Sharks were held to 30% shooting from the field as they were unable to capitalise on a bright start, whilst finishing 4 of 22 from 3-point range.
Game hero(es) – Jaysean Paige had a huge game for the Eagles with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the win with Jure Gunjina and Jamal Williams stepping up with 15 points apiece.