Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Consistency Is the Key to Dominance for Eagles

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Consistency Is the Key to Dominance for Eagles

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Byline: Simon Rushworth

JAMAL Williams insisted the jolt of defeat against title rivals Leicester Riders has forced Newcastle to question their matchnight consistency.

The experienced forward heads into the Christmas mini-break desperate to move on from a disjointed display against the new league leaders which asked more questions than it answered.

Williams admitted the Eagles are still struggling to string together the 40-minute game required to impose their trademark dominance on the BBL.

Newcastle's close-season signing said: "I do like our chances moving forward.

"We started the game against Leicester pretty well and that's been one of the things we needed to do better.

"The biggest challenge we face right now is putting together a 40-minute game of basketball.

"We've proved we can finish well and we can start well but we don't always do both in the same game.

"We're getting better but as the season goes on that's something we really have to remedy.

"We need to build on what we did well against Leicester and do the good things for longer stretches."

The Eagles have been slow starters at Sport Central all season.

Yet a series of nailbiting backfrom-the-dead final quarters had kept the club at the BBL summit - until the Riders came to town.

Newcastle flew out of the blocks against Leicester and finished strongly against Rob Paternostro's men in their final clash before Christmas.

However, it was the middle 20 minutes of another unconvincing performance which handed the visitors a vital victory.

The Eagles have 10 days to work out how they can go full throttle for four quarters with a trip to thirdplaced Sheffield Sharks next up on December 29.

Williams added: "Losing the way we did against Leicester is disappointing.

"It's a few days after the game and there are still clutch plays I'm replaying in my head. …

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