Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eagles' Season Ends on a High

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eagles' Season Ends on a High

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

The Harlem Globetrotters will be showcasing their talents at the National Indoor Arena on May 20 but not even a fabled roster with a penchant for the spectacular could match Newcastle Eagles for breathtaking feats.

A sensational season came to a fitting end in Birmingham last night as Fabulous Flournoy's all-conquering side kept their BBL Play-Off crown in a clean sweep of domestic honours.

Not since Chester's 2002 Jetwash has a franchise held all four of the BBL's trophies.

Newcastle have emulated that achievement, keeping hold of a glittering prize which has been joined by the BBL Cup, Trophy and Championship during a quite remarkable year.

If this was, as is expected, the end of a basketballing era on Tyneside, there could have been no more suitable climax.

It remains to be seen which players return to the North-East next season, but that is a subject for another time.

Last night was about celebrations, and Newcastle's fans and players obliged.

TJ Walker marked what looks to have been his final game in Eagles colours by lifting his side's fourth piece of silverware this season.

Flournoy's coach of the season award was accompanied by the MVP prize and few could argue against either. It was not all plain sailing for British basketball's most-dominant force, who looked to be heading for a rare final defeat when they trailed 28-40 at the midway point.

But with a display of defensive strength in the closing two quarters, and a demonstration of the sharpshooting which has carried them to the top, Flournoy's men recovered to complete an 83-68 triumph.

The Rocks were always going to present a stiff test. And so it proved, as the sharp offensive play of Steve Swanson's side, with Newcastle's lethargy in all departments, ensured a one-sided first half. …

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