BBL Championship

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 71 (22,44,58) (Martin 17, Smith 15, Defoe 14)
Worcester Wolves 80 (29,40,59) (Taylor 25, Creekmore 16, Owumi 16)

Worcester Wolves defeated Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 80-71 to extend their winning streak in the BBL Championship to six games.

It was point-for-point for the majority of the first quarter, but Wolves closed the opening period with a 7-2 run to gain a 29-22 advantage.

The home side’s deficit roamed around the 5-point mark throughout the second quarter, but Eagles finally recaptured the lead at 41-39 after a pair of free-throws from Malik Cooke.

Having gone into the halftime break with a 44-40, the Newcastle club had increased the gap to eight points in the middle of the third quarter.

However, a strong finish to the period allowed Wolves to jump back ahead, as Zaire Taylor hit a three-pointer to make it 58-56 in favour of the visitors.

Eagles had shortly shot back in front in the beginning for the fourth quarter, but Taylor hit another three to spark a 12-0 run for the visitors, who never looked back and kept a clean record.

Zaire Taylor led the winners with 25 points, including a pair of key three-pointers in crucial moments of the game, while Will Creekmore added a monstrous double-double, collecting 16 points, 17 rebounds and give assists.

For Eagles, Scott Martin had a team-high 17 points and 14 rebounds, Charles Smith chipped in with points, as Darius Defoe added 14 points and 12 boards.