Newcastle Eagles 93 (22,47,71) (Moore/Smith 17, Defoe 16)
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 76 (16,31,55) (Myers/Perre 18, Virgil 10)
Newcastle Eagles opened up a six point lead over the Everton Tigers at the top of the BBL Championship table thanks to a comfortable 93-76 victory over the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets, in front of 3,000 at the MetroRadio Arena, extending eagles winning run to 12 games in a row.
The result leaves the Jets tied for the final play-off position with the Sheffield Sharks. Both teams traded baskets in the early going before an 8-1 burst for the home side took the score out to 17-9. The sides continued to trade baskets for the remainder of the opening period to leave the Eagles leading 22-16 at the close of the first period. In the second quarter the Eagles eventually broke the game open thanks to a 16-5 burst to take the score out to 42-27 towards the end of the second period.
The Eagles maintained their advantage at the end of the half to go into the locker rooms leading 47-31. In the second half the Jets closed the gap to thirteen points at 53-40, but an 18-9 Eagles tear took the score out to 71-49 midway through the period. The Jets bagged the final six points of the quarter to leave the Eagles leading 71-55 going into the final stanza. In the final period the Eagles enjoyed the biggest lead of the game at 91-69 with 1:21 remaining in the game as the home side held on for the comfortable victory.
A combination of Trey Moore and Charles Smith led the scoring for the Eagles with 17 points a-piece, but it was another combination of Shawn Myers and Philip Perre led all scorers with 18 points for the Jets.