Esh Group Eagles Newcastle kept hopes of a Championship title alive with victory over Plymouth Raiders.
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 104-79 Plymouth Raiders (32-16, 60-40, 81-62)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle enjoyed a fruitful evening at Sport Central, defeating Plymouth Raiders 104-79 in front of a delighted home crowd.
The hosts now take outright control of second spot and move within eight points of Leicester Riders at the top of the standings. Keeping the possibility of a Championship title alive.
Leading scorers – Paige 24, Jukic 18, Gunjina 15 (Eagles); Bowman 20, Eaves 19, Wells 15 (Raiders)
Turning point – The hosts wasted no time establishing their dominance, racing out to a 32-16 advantage by the end of the opening quarter.
Key stat – Plymouth racked up an eye-watering 26 turnovers, leading to 36 points for the Eagles.
Game hero – Jaysean Paige gave Newcastle a major boost off the bench, netting 25 points and grabbing 5 steals in just 27 minutes of action.