Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock-Ing Good Night at the Eagles Arena

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock-Ing Good Night at the Eagles Arena

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Byline: SIMON RUSHWORTH

BACK to back wins. Another sell-out crowd.

Fabulous Flournoy back in black and white and overtime drama to boot. Now it feels like home. Finally.

Newcastle's thrilling 104-98 win against a battling Glasgow Rocks suggested the Eagles Community Arena can become a fortress.

It can lay the foundation for future success.

It can also help the hosts build on a legacy which still strikes fear into rivals across the UK.

On a night to remember, Newcastle had raced out of the blocks only to fade just as fast.

Darius Defoe sank his sixth point of the game to open up a 10-6 Eagles lead but within five minutes the hosts were trailing by three.

Cue Flournoy's first taste of court time at the venue he had pictured so many times during his celebrated tenure as Newcastle playcaller.

Four games in to the club's ECA residency and the New Yorker finally experienced competitive action in front of a capacity crowd.

Yet even Flournoy was unable to stop the rot as the Rocks went on a roll - that the visitors led by five after the opening quarter was all Darryl Wood's men deserved.

Things swiftly went from bad to worse for Newcastle as a dreadful start to the second period allowed Glasgow to open up a 40-32 lead.

Defensively inept and guilty of poor decisions at the offensive end, the stuttering Eagles stood off their rivals and paid the price.

Not for the first time this season Newcastle were clearly missing the injured Victor Moses but the American's absence was offset by Gareth Murray's failure to suit up. The veteran Rocks' forward headed south with a broken nose but 15 minutes into a traditionally feisty clash and the GB star was already sniffing out victory.

The Scots had won four league games on the bounce heading into last night's fixture and looked every inch the well-oiled machine chasing down a playoff berth. …

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