Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Williams Is Ready for Big Test as Lions Roar into Town

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Williams Is Ready for Big Test as Lions Roar into Town

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Byline: Jeff King

THE in-form Jamal Williams insists there will be no room for sentiment when Newcastle Eagles line up against his former club at Sport Central tonight.

The Esh Group Eagles face a tough top-four test when London Lions come to town looking to knock Fab Flournoy's men off their perch.

The Lions sit in fourth place and it's a game they really can't afford to lose as they chase the second-placed Eagles in the Championship race.

Last time out the Eagles bounced back from their disappointing Trophy quarter-final loss against Sheffield to take a huge road win at BBL Cup winners Cheshire Phoenix.

That win made it four league wins in a row - and one of the catalysts in that game was Jamal Williams.

The forward notched 18 points, including four triples from four attempts, as his MVP effort was also his best performance in an Eagles vest so far and one that showed his worth to the team.

Williams is really looking forward to tonight's game as it sees him go up against his former side - and he knows the importance of the game.

"It's going to be a tough one as every game in The BBL is," he said. "I don't see this game as any more or less important than any other game this season.

"We're just going to take it as it is, it's another game, and you just have to be ready for it no matter who the opponent is.

"There's only two guys at London, Joe Ikhinmwin and Andre Lockhart, left from when I was there. I know Vince (Macaulay) is back coaching and has changed things around, but for Kai (Williams' brother) and me it's just another game rather than one against an old club."

Sentiments that perhaps Ikhinmwin and Lockhart could echo as they are both former Eagles returning to play against their former head coach on a court they know well.

For Williams, though, he's looking to build on that performance against Cheshire.

One of the reasons he played as many minutes as he did was they way he responded to the call when Terry Martin went out of the game early with an injury. …

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