Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flournoy Wants Potential Fulfilled; Eagles Coach Believes His Side Have More to Give

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flournoy Wants Potential Fulfilled; Eagles Coach Believes His Side Have More to Give

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Byline: Luke Edwards

FAB Flournoy is expecting his new-look Newcastle Eagles side to pass their toughest test of the season so far when they travel to Plymouth Raiders tomorrow.

The Eagles have won three out of three in the British Basketball League and the reigning champions have already moved to the top of the table, but their player-coach is looking to extract considerably more from his players on their long journey to the south west coast.

Flournoy has been happy enough with the team's results, but he also conceded that, following the departure of Great Britain captain Andrew Sullivan who joined Russia's Samara last week, his freshly constructed team is taking time to gel.

"There is definitely more to come as we're nowhere near where we want to be, but I'm not unhappy," said Flournoy, who believes Newcastle must aim to beat their nearest rivals, home and away, to establish their dominance in the BBL.

"We've won our first three basketball games, but I'm just in a hurry for the team to gel. There is going to come a point when all the teams are going to make their mark this season and we have to be prepared for that as quickly as possible. We are only scratching the surface of what this team is capable of.

"It's going to be our toughest test so far.

Plymouth are a tough team and it's a tough place to go. They don't lose many games at home and they will be looking to hit back after they lost to the Scottish Rocks. We had a tough trip to Milton Keynes last week and came away with a good win in difficult circumstances. I was pretty pleased about that, but we are going to need more of the same. This is a good challenge because we need to beat teams like Plymouth and we will be under pressure to perform."

The Eagles side has also been weakened by the loss of Sullivan, while Charles Smith is still prevented from playing because of a delay in getting his international clearance against a side which boasts the threat of Great Britain forward Kwbana Beckles - a player the Eagles also thought about signing in the summer. …

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