Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Forges Victory for Eagles after a Scorching Encounter; SURREY SCORCHERS ....... . 89 NEWCASTLE EAGLES................93

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Smith Forges Victory for Eagles after a Scorching Encounter; SURREY SCORCHERS ....... . 89 NEWCASTLE EAGLES................93

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Byline: JEFF KING

NEWCASTLE Eagles avoided an upset in dramatic style by claiming a four-point overtime victory at Surrey Scorchers.

Jeremy Smith's 31 points were crucial in nudging the Eagles over the line against second-bottom Surrey, but Fab Flournoy's side had to work hard for the win.

Already missing top scorer Victor Moses due to a hamstring injury, Newcastle were also without talismanic point guard Rahmon Fletcher for a sizeable chunk of the game after he picked up two technical fouls.

Victory was much needed after Friday's defeat in their Eagles Community Arena debut and leaves the Eagles fourth in the BBL Championship standings.

The sides were tied at 85-85 at the end of a regulation 40 minutes filled with moments of great defence, explosive offence and controversy.

But it was the Eagles who came out on top at the end of the five-minute overtime period.

The Scorchers started the brighter of the two teams until a Kai Williams triple gave the Eagles their first lead in a frantic first quarter which set the tone for the rest of the game.

Despite Smith netting nine points, Newcastle ended the first period 25-22 down.

Scorchers pushed that gap to eight during the second quarter, but a late Newcastle surge brought the teams in level at the break at 47-47, although Fletcher picked up a technical foul which later proved crucial.

During the third quarter, the American was adjudged to have deliberately fouled Quincy Taylor as his opposite number sped towards the Eagles basket and his unsportsmanlike foul forced him to leave the court.

At the time Eagles were still well in the game with the home side holding a 53-52 lead, but without their Rahmon picked technical leader on court, they wobbled dropping seven behind.

But an impressive 8-2 run saw Newcastle drag themselves back into the contest, with the score 63-62 in favour of the hosts at the end of the period. …

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