Eagles re-gain winning touch to take down Sharks.
DBL Sharks Sheffield 77-81 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle (22-20, 41-37, 47-65)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle ended their losing run in the league as they signed off 2017 with their 10th victory this season in the BBL Championship.
The Eagles trailed at the half before storming to the road win as they made it a second success over the Sharks.
Leading scorers – McKnight 14, Gachette/Alexander 13 (Sharks) – Martin 21, Paige 19, Defoe 17 (Eagles)
Turning point – Dirk Williams’ three at the buzzer put the Sharks up by four, but Newcastle came out firing in the third quarter and quickly established a double-digit advantage on the back of a 17-0 run. Sheffield battled back, but it was not enough.
Key stat – The Sharks dominated the battle on the boards (55-42), but struggled to convert multiple second chance opportunities as they finished 37% from the field.
Game hero(es) – Terry Martin produced the goods for the Eagles with a game-high 21 points, including an impactful third period, while Saah Nimley dished out 13 assists and Jaysean Paige added 19 points in the win.