Worcester Wolves 78 (12,36,47,66) (Dobbins 28, Middleton 15, Gilbert 10)
Newcastle Eagles 79 (25,39,55,66) (Smith 26, Jackson 25, Bridge 9)
The Newcastle Eagles kept their BBL Championship title hopes alive as they secured a last-gasp overtime win by 78-79 against the Worcester Wolves, with Reggie Jackson scoring the winning basket with five seconds left.
The Eagles looked to have the game won in regulation with a 58-64 lead within the last two minutes, but six straight points, including a three from Creppy, tied the game on Dobbins’ basket within the final minute. Jackson scored for the Eagles with 48 seconds remaining, but it was Rod Middleton who forced overtime with a basket with 12 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 66.
And it was the Wolves that started the overtime period the quicker, as Middleton maintained that momentum with the first six points of the extra period. After two and a half minutes with no score, Charles Smith took it upon himself to drag the Eagles back as he netted five quick points but they still trailed 76-73 heading into the final minute. Fab Flournoy made it a one-point game, before Smith’s free-throws gave the Eagles the lead at 76-77 with 10 seconds to play. However, he fouled Dobbins who made two of two at the line to give the Wolves the advantage. But that only set the stage for Reggie Jackson to score for the Eagles with 5 seconds remaining as they ground out a crucial victory.
Charles Smith led the Eagles with 26 points, with the match-winner, Jackson, scoring 25. Justin Dobbins led all scorers with 28 points for the Wolves.