Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

High-Five for Smith - as Rocks Rolled over by Eagles; NEWCASTLE EAGLES 103 GLASGOW ROCKS 93

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

High-Five for Smith - as Rocks Rolled over by Eagles; NEWCASTLE EAGLES 103 GLASGOW ROCKS 93

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Byline: Keiran Southern

NEWCASTLE Eagles made it eight wins in a row as they beat Glasgow Rocks 103-93 at Sport Central.

It was a relatively untroubled night for the home side, who dispatched their Scottish rivals with relative ease, sending them north of the border empty handed.

Eagles forward Charles Smith reached another career milestone, entering the BBL's all-time top-five scorers.

Despite the final score, the opening quarter would leave the visitors in front.

Newcastle started the night's scoring, Andy Thomson hitting a twopointer before Rahmon Fletcher made a trademark drive through the Glasgow rearguard to increase the lead.

Scott Martin then struck twice in quick succession - a two-pointer followed closely by an excellent three. But the Eagles' bright start would not last long. Glasgow hit back via Great Britain international Kieron Achara, who first hit a couple of free throws before a well-taken basket.

Rocks guard Danny Huffor then made two threes to put his side in front and the lead was extended when JaJuan Smith added another three points to Glasgow's total.

He and Huffor would add another triple each shortly after, as it looked like the Eagles were heading towards the end of the first quarter with a big deficit to claw back.

However, Thomson and Fletcher hit back before the buzzer sounded, leaving the scores at 21-18 in favour of the Scots.

Some excellent work inside the paint for the Eagles during the second quarter meant they would end it with a slight advantage.

Drew Lasker praised the team's defensive solidarity after last week's win at Sheffield Sharks, and once again the men in black proved a dif-ficult unit to break down.

Glasgow re-entered the court with the clear intention to keep up the pressure. But for the most part their scoring was limited to free throws, while at the other end the Eagles began to find some rhythm.

Smith was in deadly form for the home side, notching enough points to nudge himself into the BBL's top five all-time top scorers list. …

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