Esh Group Eagles Newcastle take a slender lead into the second leg of the Cup Semi-Final.
BBL Cup, Semi-Finals, First Leg
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 75-73 London Lions (17-21, 38-37, 58-54)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle have a slender advantage to take into Sunday’s Second Leg after edging out London Lions, at Sport Central.
Fab Flournoy’s side head to the Copper Box Arena with a two-point lead with a place in January’s Final up for grabs.
Leading scorers – Rahmon Fletcher 22, Victor Moses 17, Kyle Williams 11 (Eagles) – Justin Robinson 21, Brandon Peel 17, Ladarius Tabb 15 (Lions)
Turning point – The Lions had a four-point lead at the end of the first through a deep buzzer beater from Robinson and re-claimed that advantage late in the fourth at 69-73 before the Eagles scored the next six and held on for the win.
Key stat – The two teams were evenly matched throughout and despite winning the battle of the boards by 11, the Lions gave up 16 turnovers in the contest.
Game hero(es) – Fletcher had another impressive game for the Eagles with a game-high 22 points along with eight assists, while Moses was close behind in scoring support with 17.