Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fab out to Avoid Doing Goliath Act

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fab out to Avoid Doing Goliath Act

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

FAB Flournoy says his Newcastle Eagles will make sure David doesn't get one over on Goliath when they start their BBL Trophy defence tonight.

The Eagles take on National League opponents in the shape of the Reading Rockets at their Rivermead home tonight knowing that defeat would be one of the biggest upsets in British basketball history. Flournoy says he will afford the Rockets respect - but has warned there will be no fairy story if his side play to anything like their potential.

"Everyone wants to root for the underdog - that's sport," he said.

"Everyone wants Cinderella to go to the ball for a dance but there is a reason why they're an underdog. They have to do everything right to win and we have to be doing things wrong. Everyone wants Dave to beat Goliath - we've just got to make sure it doesn't happen.

"That doesn't mean there's a lack of respect from us for them. At one point in time we were classed as underdogs but after a while it turned into consistency and confidence and we turned the tables."

Flournoy admits he doesn't know much about their first round foes but feels they should have enough to win - if they don't take the game for granted.

Reading finished runners-up in the National League last year but lost their coach in the summer to new BBL franchise Worthing Thunder. "To be honest I don't too much about Reading. I haven't done too much scouting but I've done a bit of homework and I already know what I need to know," Flournoy said.

"I know they have two foreign spots and also a guy with a Belgian passport. They have capable players and Reading has been a top team in that division for a number of years. It's not going to be an easy game - it's a game where we have to focus and play defence. …

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