Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Are Brought Back Down to Earth with Loss at Riders

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Eagles Are Brought Back Down to Earth with Loss at Riders

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Byline: JEFF KING

LEICESTER RIDERS ................................. ................................ 86 NEWCASTLE EAGLES ....... . 76 STATISTICALLY there was not much between Newcastle Eagles and their hosts Leicester Riders at the end of a real game of attrition from two of the BBL's most successful teams.

However, the important stat and the one which will hurt Eagles' head coach Fab Flournoy and his players was the scoreline in the final 10 minutes of the game - where Newcastle fell away under the pressure of a hard-driven home side.

The Eagles had showed a lot of character and cohesion in the first three periods to not only stay with the Riders but take a five-point advantage into the final quarter.

It was then Riders raised the cavalry charge and took the final period 28-13 to seal an impressive win.

Leicester's Jamell Anderson opened the scoring before the Eagles hit back to take a 4-2 lead.

It was to be their only lead of the half as the home side hit back immediately with nine unanswered points to take control of the game.

But Newcastle's one-two punch of Victor Moses and Rahmon Fletcher replied to bring the visitors back within a point.

Although Riders still led, there was little between the sides for the rest of the opening 10 minutes, with Fletcher netting the final basket to peg back Leicester's lead to 21-19.

Kyle Williams quickly levelled things up in the second with two free-throws before an 11-4 home run saw Riders surge ahead again.

Fletcher and Moses continued to keep the Eagles in the game and, with Kai Williams also joining in, they cut the home lead once again.

It was Kai's triple as time wound down which meant the second period was shared between the two sides.

This meant Leicester had the narrow two-point advantage at 40-38 as the teams headed for the locker rooms after a typically tough wellmatched battle between the two fierce rivals. …

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