Eagles start 2019 as they ended 2018.
Plymouth Raiders 83-91 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle (17-18, 38-39, 52-62)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle start the New Year as they ended 2018 with a strong win on the road, against Plymouth Raiders.
The Raiders miss the chance to go level with the Eagles ahead of their meeting next Friday to open Newcastle’s new arena.
Leading scorers – Rashad Hassan 24, Josh Wilcher 19, Joonas Jarvelainen 17 (Raiders) – Victor Moses 18, Jeremy Smith 15, Darius Defoe 14 (Eagles)
Turning point – After an even first half, the Eagles took control in the third to open up a double-digit lead. Plymouth hit back in the fourth to draw level at 83-83 before the visitors closed the game out with the last eight points including a big triple from Kyle Williams.
Key stat – Newcastle hit 11 threes in the contest at 40% accuracy with the Raiders going 7 of 22 from the same distance.
Game hero(es) – Moses top scored with 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting with all seven scorers in double figures for the Eagles with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double from Defoe, while Rahmon Fletcher handed out nine assists.