12 Jan 2018: Eagles 89-85 Riders

Eagles make up ground on the league leaders

BBL Championship

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 89-85 Leicester Riders (30-21, 46-51, 68-68)

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle avenged their loss to Leicester Riders earlier in the season as they ended their rivals’ 12-game win streak.

Jaysean Paige put up a BBL season-high to help the Eagles close the gap at the top of the BBL Championship.

Leading scorers – Paige 40, Defoe 21, Nimley 15 (Eagles) – Bernardini 23, Hampton 20, Holder 15 (Riders)

Turning point – Eagles led by nine after a 30-point opening period before the visitors turned things around to lead at half-time. The game was level at the end of the third and Newcastle went on a decisive 10-2 run late on to secure the win.

Key stat – Riders were unable to find their range from downtown, converting just 20% of their 34 attempts on the night with Newcastle going 8-of-19 from the same distance.

Game hero – Jaysean Paige fired in 40 points for the Eagles along with 9 assists in an impressive display in the win.

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