Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ruthless Eagles in Lions Taming; Flournoy's Men Remain on Course for Clean Sweep

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ruthless Eagles in Lions Taming; Flournoy's Men Remain on Course for Clean Sweep

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Newcastle Eagles 101 MK Lions 92 NEWCASTLE Eagles' relentless march towards this season's clean sweep gathered pace last night as a belowpar Milton Keynes Lions were ruthlessly brushed aside on Tyneside, writes SIMON RUSHWORTH.

With two trophies already secured it only seems a matter of time before Fabulous Flournoy's men claim a coveted hat-trick of domestic crowns.

And while the Eagles' demanding coach would never allow complacency to infiltrate his talented roster this was a composed performance oozing confidence and screaming quality.

Not for the first time this season 'Prince' Charles Smith poured in the points as the veteran American casually delivered another shooting masterclass.

Andrew Thomson eased to his latest double double with a combination of icecool perimeter shooting and steely defence under the boards.

And Darius Defoe delivered further compelling evidence that potential has finally been converted into a proven threat at both ends of the court.

The Lions arrived on Tyneside desperate for the win that would keep the franchise in pole position to claim this season's final play-off berth.

And in standout guard Demarius Bolds the visitors boast a genuine gamechanger always guaranteed to give Newcastle cause for concern.

The dreadlocked former Missouri Western star has become one of the BBL's most colourful characters since joining the Lions in January 2011.

And Bolds - wearing garish pink boots - announced himself to the Sport Central crowd with a stunning dunk midway through the opening period as Milton Keynes closed to within two points of the hosts.

However, Newcastle have become past masters at sticking to their own gameplan regardless of rivals' crowd-pleasing theatrics.

And as Bolds brazenly sought to maintain his personal points average the Eagles' trio of Joe Chapman, Smith and Paul Gause quietly went about their business, laying the foundations for a 29-20 first-quarter lead. …

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