Eagles outlast Rocks in overtime drama.
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 104-98 Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks (24-29, 45-52, 69-68, 89-89)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle outlasted Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks 104-98 after overtime, in a thrilling encounter at Eagles Community Arena.
Having claimed their first win at their new arena last week, the Eagles made it two home wins on the bounce and closed the gap on the top two. Meanwhile, the Rocks league winning streak was ended at four games.
Leading scorers – Darius Defoe 26, Rahmon Fletcher 24, Jeremy Smith 17 (Eagles) – Tadas Rinkunas 23, Kieron Achara 20, Alasdair Fraser 16 (Rocks)
Turning point – The Eagles put together a decisive 7-2 run midway through the overtime period, forcing the Rocks to foul and put the home side on the free throw line. Newcastle kept their cool and saw out the game.
Key stat – Newcastle amassed 13 steals on the night, including four pivotal ones in overtime. The home side took full advantage and netted an impressive 20 points from turnovers.
Game hero(es) – Defoe was a problem on both ends of the court, netting a game-high 26 points along with 12 rebounds and four steals. Fletcher also produced a standout performance for the Eagles, scoring 24 points and dishing out nine assists.