Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flournoy Fascinated by Chaotic Opening to BBL Season

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flournoy Fascinated by Chaotic Opening to BBL Season

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Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer

FAB Flournoy is happy with the pace of Newcastle Eagles' progress as he surveys a "unique" start to the BBL season.

Another weekend of twists and turns saw Leicester Riders knocked off top spot by Worcester Wolves, who powered back from their own recent set-backs to top the BBL standings after ending the East Midlands' outfit's long unbeaten home record.

That means that every team in the league, including Flournoy's Eagles, have been defeated twice and has left some calling it the most open Championship in history.

The Eagles brushed aside Manchester Giants on Friday before knocking Glasgow Rocks out of the BBL Cup on Sunday and Flournoy is seeing signs that his "work-inprogress" are getting to grips with the British game after a stop-start first few weeks of the season.

"We're still a team that is in the process of learning. We're still growing and we're still finding our way," he said.

"We had two good wins over the weekend but you won't find me jumping around and shouting about it just yet. I'm happy with the way we're learning right now but we definitely can be better.

"I think at the moment I still feel we're a couple of weeks behind every one else. We have lost a few weeks of our progress to injuries to myself and Charles Smith and then we had a two week break which is just how the fixture list dropped for us.

"I think every team in the league will be in a similar situation but we're still trying to find the combinations."

The Eagles' inconsistency has been matched by the rest of the BBL, with the season now ten games old but offering few clues about the likely title contenders.

At the moment there are only four points separating six teams, with every club having suffered two defeats.

That makes this weekend's visit of Wolves to Sport Central a potential pivotal fixture for Flournoy's Eagles, who have already suffered a defeat to the highly physical Worcester.

Interestingly, London Lions and even Durham Wildcats - who await the Eagles in the Cup semi-final if they can vanquish Sheffield Sharks - remain in contention if they can string a run of results together. …

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