Plymouth Raiders produced an eye-catching display to pick up victory in Newcastle.
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 86-91 Plymouth Raiders (24-29, 50-49, 67-72)
Plymouth Raiders denied Esh Group Eagles Newcastle a winning start at the opening of the Eagles Community Arena.
The visitors picked up an important road success in a near-perfect reverse of last weekend’s matchup as they move to 8-7 and close the gap.
Leading scorers – Kyle Williams 23, Darius Defoe 22, Rahmon Fletcher 18 (Eagles) – Rashad Hassan 22, Josh Wilcher/Donte Nicholas 21 (Raiders)
Turning point – A back and forth encounter saw the Raiders swing momentum in their favour late in the third before the game was level at 78-78 late on. Wilcher hit a big three and was followed by another from Devontavius Payne and the Raiders were able to ice the game from the line.
Key stat – The Raiders hit big shots from three, particularly late in the game and finished 9 of 19 from beyond the arc – compared to Newcastle’s 8/30.
Game hero(es) – Hassan posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds with Wilcher and Nicholas each adding 21 points and seven assists apiece in the win.