Eagles stay perfect with win over Phoenix.
Cheshire Phoenix 76-87 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle (27-25, 43-41, 63-62)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle improved to 7-0 in the BBL Championship as they completed a double-winning weekend with victory over Cheshire Phoenix.
The Eagles also avenged last week’s Cup defeat against Cheshire and remain the only team with a 100% league record this season.
Leading scorers – Sandoval 26, Riley 15, Gettys 11 (Phoenix) – Paige 24, Nimley 16, Defoe 14 (Eagles)
Turning point – Cheshire led at the end of the first three quarters and were up by as many as eight at one stage, but the Eagles stayed in contention before making their move in the fourth with a 10-0 run at 69-64 to take control.
Key stat – The Eagles scored 15 points off of their opponents’ turnovers and came up with 24 second chance points in the contest.
Game hero – Jaysean Paige scored a team-high 24 points along with nine rebounds and four assists in the win. In a losing effort, Robert Sandoval netted 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting for the Nix.