Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Addition of Williams Double Act Bodes Well for Eagles

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Addition of Williams Double Act Bodes Well for Eagles

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Byline: Simon Rushworth

NEWCASTLE EAGLES 100 SHEFFIELD SHARKS 93 ORGET the Williams sisters.

f Newcastle have netted the Williams brothers.

And if a packed Sport Central witnessed only a brief glimpse of what brothers Kai and Jamal can do together as a doubles partnership then there's no doubt the Eagles are suddenly stronger with two genuine BBL aces in their pack.

Or so it seemed for 30 minutes of a truly remarkable top-flight battle between two of the league's fiercest rivals. Sheffield might have been edged out of a slow-burning thriller but theirs was a comeback that will be talked about on Tyneside for years to come.

Midway through the third quarter the Sharks were drowning in their own mediocrity. Step forward head coach Atiba Lyons with the time-out to end all time-outs.

His team trailing 68-49, the former Sheffield forward lambasted his lacklustre charges - crashing into an advertising hoarding and smashing his tactics board onto the floor. Fast-forward 12 minutes and the Sharks were within two points of taking the lead only for Newcastle to stand firm. On a night when the Eagles came so close to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, theirs was an ultimately fortunate win the Williams brothers will never forget.

Of course Newcastle fans are no strangers to keeping it in the family. Andy and Stu Thomson served up hundreds of points during their time together on Tyneside - a mix of mutual respect and sibling rivalry enabling the popular pair to scale new heights in the North East.

And if Jamal faces a serious challenge to force his way into a team on fire, then Kai has already become a permanent fixture in Fabulous Flournoy's starting five.

The experienced forward is the perfect foil for an in-form Darius Defoe right now and creates acres of space for red-hot backcourt pairing Jaysean Paige and Saah Nimley to run riot - inside and out. …

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