Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Look to Bite Back with a Win against the Wolves

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Look to Bite Back with a Win against the Wolves

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Byline: JEFF KING

GOING into last weekend's games Newcastle Eagles were perched at the top of The BBL unbeaten with five straight victories.

Coming out of the weekend the situation had changed dramatically with losses at home to Leicester and on the road in Bristol.

It means a hard week of thought and practice for Head Coach Fab Flournoy and his players as they look to get things back on track for the visit to Sport Central of Worcester Wolves this Friday.

Starting forward Jamal Williams, who is averaging 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds a game so far, reflected on last weekend and what he feels he and his team-mates need to do in response to the defeats and the games ahead.

"I think a lot of things went wrong last weekend. Not looking to make excuses but having a 12-day lay-off probably upset our rhythm more than we thought in terms of being together on the court."

"But we're not alone. All teams in the league will have bye weeks and it's how you respond to them. We didn't do a very good job with ours. It seemed we just didn't play the way we've been playing both defensively and offensively."

"I think at times we were panicking and trying to do things we shouldn't have to put things right.

"We just didn't respond well when we were in those adverse situations in both games. I honestly think it was something that needed to happen. I'm happy it's happened early in the season and not in a quarterfinal, semifinal or even a final as it gives us time to learn about ourselves in adverse situations. It's still Eagles Fab early and even with those results we're still in there with it all in our hands."

Not many people saw two defeats coming for The Eagles with their form at the start of the season being so good that the rest of The BBL was beginning to believe it was the Newcastle of old returning. …

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