Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Hit by Late Win as They Run out of Steam; MANCHESTER GIANTS 76 NEWCASTLE EAGLES 75

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Hit by Late Win as They Run out of Steam; MANCHESTER GIANTS 76 NEWCASTLE EAGLES 75

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DESPITE a Herculean effort on the road in Manchester against the odds, Esh Group Eagles Newcastle came up just short as they dropped a game they had desperately wanted to win, writes Jeff King.

That it came down to the final play will hurt Newcastle all the more after they ran out of steam late on in the game.

Eagles knew going into the game it was going to be tough against a Giants side they had beaten earlier this month ,due to the fact top-scorer Victor Moses was going to miss the game.

They were dealt another huge blow the night before the game which, in the end, made a big difference.

Rahmon Fletcher - their on-court inspirational leader - took sick and was to ill to travel, making the Eagles task all the harder.

It meant a starting spot for player/ coach Fab Flournoy, as well as Jamal Williams moving in to the first five.

However, for long periods the Newcastle roster heroically covered for each other and countered all that Manchester could throw at them - until very late on in the final period when tiredness set in and they were unable to stop the Giants' talisman Willie Clayton.

The big man inspired his teammates to a finish the Eagles' weary legs could not hold out against and, with 25 massive rebounds to add to his 21 points, he ultimately made the difference for a Giants side which may well be the most improved side in the country this season.

Manchester had made the early running but Newcastle dug in and, when Flournoy connected with a triple in the first quarter, it levelled the scores at 13-13 before Kai Williams repeated the dose to give the Eagles their first lead.

Giants hit back with a 6-0 run to retake the lead, although Friday night's hero Darius Defoe answered that and looked to have given his side a slight advantage until a Giants three-ball ended the first with the home side two points up at 26-24. …

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