Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Set Up Move with Victorious Raid on Rivals

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Set Up Move with Victorious Raid on Rivals

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Byline: JEFF KING

PLYMOUTH RAIDERS 83 NEWCASTLE EAGLES 91 NEWCASTLE Eagles will move into the new Eagles' Community Arena on Friday night in great form.

They secured a second successive road win in the BBL Championship to move up to third in the table.

The Eagles held off a determined fourth-quarter comeback from their hosts to claim another vital win in the championship race against the side who will provide the opposition on opening night at their new home.

After winning at Leicester in their last game of 2018, Fab Flournoy's side was determined to follow that up in the first game of 2019 and a superb all-round team performance enabled it to do just that.

The Esh Group Eagles had seven players in double figures and spread their scoring nicely across the roster to show they are still very much a force to be reckoned with.

Darius Defoe added 11 rebounds for a superb double-double and Rahmon Fletcher nine assists to fall one short of his own double-double. Again, the key to their win - apart from the unselfish scoring - was their defence as, until a final-quarter explosion from the Raiders, they had stood firm.

Even that final burst from the home side was matched by the visitors in a terrific final period which saw the Eagles finish with eight unanswered points to thwart the Raiders' comeback push.

Plymouth started the better and went 4-0 up early on.

Little were they to know that would be their biggest lead of the night. Newcastle hit back with Victor Moses getting on the board and Kai Williams netting a triple to give his side the lead.

After that it was a great battle with Moses' two free-throws edging the visitors in front 18-17 after the first quarter.

Fletcher dropped a three-ball to start the second and the Eagles were just edging a tough encounter.

Jeremy Smith's "And-1" gave Newcastle a five-point advantage at one stage. …

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