Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beating Eagles a Tall Order for Giants; BASKETBALL MANCHESTER GIANTS 75 NEWCASTLE EAGLES 91 Jeff King

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beating Eagles a Tall Order for Giants; BASKETBALL MANCHESTER GIANTS 75 NEWCASTLE EAGLES 91 Jeff King

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IT wasn't the prettiest performance and at times not the most convincing, but Newcastle Eagles Newcastle made a successful first defence of their BBL Trophy title.

In a freezing cold gym, on a hard floor, and against an energetic Giants side, the Eagles had enough in their tank to stretch away in the second half to win comfortably by the final buzzer.

Head coach Fab Flournoy talked afterwards about the game being a perfect preparation to the build up for next Sunday's BBL Cup final against Leicester Riders.

The winning streak also continues going into 26 overall and 22 for the season, as Newcastle go into the first showpiece event of the season still unbeaten.

Manchester's head coach Yorick Williams did not suit up - but opposite number Flournoy did, gaining more valuable minutes on his comeback trail.

More importantly, Flournoy was able to rotate his players' minutes to ensure they conserved some energy after their second game of the weekend. …

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