One Health Sharks Sheffield 67 (13,27,50) (Dobbins 18, Reinking 16, Tuck 15)
Newcastle Eagles 86 (30,47,62) (Chapman 30, Gause 20, Thomson 14)
BBL Championship thanks to an impressive 67-86 victory over the One Health Sharks Sheffield at the EIS, Sheffield on Friday night.
The Eagles lead the game from tip-to-buzzer and after an early trading of baskets, the Eagles made the first break in the game as they opened up an early 7-20 lead off the back of a 11-1 tear. The Eagles maintained their lead as the quarter drew to a close with the visitors enjoying a 13-30 advantage at the end of the first period.
In the second quarter the Eagles continued to extend their lead as a 15-4 run towards the end of the second quarter to take the score out to 21-47, but the Sharks bagged the last six points of the first half to trail by 20 points at 27-47 as the sides headed into the locker rooms at the half.
In the second half the Sharks started the stronger as a 10-2 burst from the home side closed the gap to 12 points at 45-57 with a couple of minutes remaining in the third quarter. With both teams trading baskets for the final moments of the period, a Nate Reinking three-pointer on the buzzer saw them continue to trail by 12 points at 50-62 heading into the final stanza.
In the final period, a further Reinking basket saw the home side get to within 13 points at 56-69 with 5:47 remaining in the game. That was as close as the Sharks got in the game as the Eagles broke the game open for the final time with a 15-3 burst to take the score out to their biggest lead of the game at 59-84 with 2 minutes left in the contest. The home side tried valiantly to get themselves back into the game but the Eagles held on for the comfortable victory.
Joe Chapman (pictured) led all scorers in the game with an impressive 30 points for the Eagles, while Justin Dobbins led the scoring for the Sharks with 18.