Marshall MK Lions 78 (18,37,62) (Youngblood 20, Brown 17, Williams 15)
Newcastle Eagles 91 (21,46,72) (Moore 23, Smith 18, Toney 15)
Newcastle Eagles remain top of the BBL after another valuable road win. This time it was a 78-91 victory at Marshall MK Lions.
Eagles were the first to put a run together with a 9-3 start the match thanks to five points from Trey Moore, and two each from Reggie Jackson and Tap Toney. Lions fought back to tie the game at 14-14 on a Robert Youngblood three before Eagles edged ahead again to take the opening quarter 18-21.
Newcastle used their three point lead to their advantage as they gradually pulled away to 25-39 in front midway through the second quarter. Lions were quick to respond though with a 12-4 burst reducing the deficit to 37-43.
However, a Charles Smith two and an Andrew Bridge free throw put the Eagles ahead by nine (37-46) at half time.
After Toney had given Eagles an 11 point lead (37-48) the Lions fought back to trail by just five (47-52). Newcastle moved up a gear in response with a 15-5 burst to hold a 51-67 advantage.
However, a three from Dru Spinks and two threes from Terrell Brown brought Lions back into the match at 60-67. Eagles ended the quarter on a 5-2 run to lead 62-72 heading into the final ten minutes.
Player coach Fab Flournoy and Smith both scored three-pointers in the fourth quarter to keep Lions at bay as Newcastle kept control of their own destiny at the top of the table.