Durham Wildcats 75 (18,40,54) (Huffor 22, Attah 18, Ginty/Allison/Evans 8)
Esh Group Newcastle Eagles 90 (21,39,60) (Martin 21, Lasker 20, Smith 19)
Esh Group Newcastle Eagles turned in an impressive second half performance to win their north-east battle against Durham Wildcats.
Scott Martin’s 21 points led the way for the Eagles as Fab Flournoy’s team won the second half by 16 points to keep the pressure on at the top of the BBL Championship.
Eagles never trailed during the first quarter with Drew Lasker’s dunk with two seconds of the period to play putting an exclamation point on their 21-18 advantage.
Durham dominated the second ten minutes of action, though, taking the lead at 24-23 on Devin Ginty’s three and moving out to 40-35 on four straight points from Danny Huffor.
However, the Eagles scored the last four points of the half to trail by just one (40-39).
A 17-6 run by the Eagles helped them take the score from 43-42 to 60-48 in the third quarter before Wildcats ended the period with the last six points.
And in the final stanza a 14-4 Eagles run took the score to 74-60, which made the match safe.