Esh Group Eagles Newcastle will take a double-digit lead to Bristol in their BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Final tie.
BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Final, First Leg
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 97-86 Bristol Flyers (24-16, 43-41, 68-56)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle continued their dominance over Bristol Flyers at Sport Central with a 97-86 victory, in the first leg of the BBL Play-Offs Quarter-Finals.
Although still facing a double-digit deficit, the Flyers were able to reduce the Eagles’ advantage from 18 points to just 11 by the time the final buzzer sounded.
Leading scorers – Defoe 25, Nimley 19, Jukic 18 (Eagles) – Goodwin 20, Boggs 16, Weary 13 (Flyers)
Turning point – After a close first half, the Eagles blew the game wide open in the third quarter – outscoring the Flyers 25-15 to take control of the contest.
Key stat – The hosts found joy in the paint, pouring in 52 points under the basket and shooting 63% inside the arc.
Game hero(es) – Darius Defoe scored an efficient 25 points, while Saah Nimley (19 points, 12 assists) and Zarko Jukic (18 points, 10 rebounds) both contributed double-doubles.