Jaysean Paige leads Esh Group Eagles Newcastle to a second straight win on the road.
Bristol Flyers 80 – 87 Esh Group Eagles Newcastle (20-26, 35-43, 53-67)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle have maintained the pressure on Leicester Riders at the summit of the BBL Championship table after beating Bristol Flyers 87-80 in the South West. It sees Newcastle bounce back from a bad run with consecutive road wins.
Eagles have a remarkable record against Flyers, having beaten them in all 15 meetings spanning the four seasons that Flyers have been in the BBL.
Leading scorers – Paige 25, Defoe 14, Nimley 14 (Eagles); Goodwin 19, Weary 18, Boggs 14 (Flyers)
Turning point – From 12-4 down after three minutes, Eagles posted a 22-6 spell to the end of the first quarter as Jaysean Paige scored eight points and Kai Williams gave them the lead with a three-pointer. Flyers got back in front in the second stanza, but another 9-0 run with Paige scoring six and Williams adding another triple helped Eagles to lead 43-35 at the half, and they never looked back.
Key stat – In a game with a lot of misses, Eagles dominated the rebounding against a Bristol team that is typically strong on the boards. Eagles had 50 rebounds, led by Darius Defoe with 11, and scored 15 points from their 20 offensive boards.
Game hero(es) – Eagles had big contributions from a number of players, led by Jaysean Paige’s 25 points although he shot 0-7 from the three-point line. Kai Williams was more efficient on his way to 12 points, including 3-4 triples and some key baskets.