Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Donte's Inferno Makes It Hell for Poor Eagles; NEWCASTLE'S BLUNDERS IN DEFENCE COSTLY AS RAIDERS BREAK HOODOO

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Donte's Inferno Makes It Hell for Poor Eagles; NEWCASTLE'S BLUNDERS IN DEFENCE COSTLY AS RAIDERS BREAK HOODOO

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Byline: JEFF KING

Plymouth Raiders...............................112 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle............... 96 ESH Group Eagles Newcastle failed to make it a double winning weekend and, while they remain at the top of the BBL, they will be far from happy with the way they lost only their second game of the season.

Eagles had taken the last 13 encounters between the two sides but that run was ended by a Plymouth side which just seemed a little more fired up as they brought the high-flying visitors down with exceptional outside shooting and benefits from the charity stripe.

It was Newcastle's worst defensive effort of the season and very uncharacteristic of Fab Flournoy's men to concede so many points and be unable to adjust in-game to the home side's threat.

Statistics sometimes do not tell the full story but in last night's case they made a compelling argument for the winning side.

Plymouth made 11 out of 20 three-point shots to Newcastle's five of 24.

The foul count was a massive 22-9 against Newcastle, giving Raiders 21 of 24 from the free-throw line.

The Eagles were perfect from the line but only went there three times in the entire 40 minutes.

For the home side, Donte Nicholas and Cory Dixon were huge, netting 56 points between them - all but six of them coming either inside or from the free-throw line.

Seemingly every time they needed a triple, captain Daryl Corletto was on hand to provide it.

Newcastle battled hard all game and kept their season scoring average with six of their eight players who made the floor registering double figures.

Yet foul trouble and below-par performances elsewhere disrupted their rhythm and they never fully got into the game.

Plymouth had moved in front from the off but, in the only quarter when they looked balanced, Newcastle came back and took the lead at 27-26 on a Darius Defoe bucket - and when Drew Lasker nailed a deuce on the buzzer they led 29-26 after the first. …

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