Worcester Wolves 99 (28,51,73,OT 99)
Newcastle Eagles 96 (17,44,64,OT 96)
After opening the defence of their BBL Championship crown with a humiliating loss at Mersey Tigers last weekend, Worcester Wolves ensured it was another miserable night in the league for defending champions Newcastle Eagles with a super overtime win.
There had been little daylight between both teams in the early exchanges until the Wolves finished the first quarter with a superb 18-4 run to lead 28-17. The Eagles were unable to cope with the rapid-fire and high tempo Wolves offence and as the hosts began to convert from outside, they stretched their lead to 45-32.
However ahead of the half-time break, Flournoy’s men rallied and a couple of triples in quick succession reduced the arrears to 51-44 heading into the second half.
Both teams traded baskets in the third and it looked like the Wolves were still in control with a double digit lead early in the final period. However, the Eagles began shifting through the gears and after being behind 81-70, they posted a 19-7 run to move in front.
It looked like the visitors might sneak it with the shift in momentum but the home team forced the extra period with a last gasp score by Rod Middleton. Much to the delight of Coach James, they then kept their composure to see out the win during the extra period as the Eagles danger man Trey Moore fouled out.
Worcester showed just the kind of resilience required to compete for silverware at all levels this season or at the very least improve on last years finish which saw them just miss out on a play-off spot.
In stark contrast, the Eagles now find themselves under pressure and in the unusual position of being at the foot of the Championship table after two opening defeats after this early double setback.