Newcastle Eagles 89 (22,42,65) (Moore 29, Smith 21, Jackson 17)
Worcester Wolves 77 (10,32,48) (Cricelli 21, Middleton/Dobbins 13)
The Newcastle Eagles moved themselves ahead of the chasing pack in the BBL Championship table thanks to an 89-77 victory over the Worcester Wolves at Sport Central on Friday evening.
It was the Wolves who started strongly and bagged the first four points of the game, but that was the only time the visitors would lead in the contest as three-pointers from Trey Moore and Charles Smith sparked a 19-2 tear to take the score out to 19-6 and the home side maintained their advantage at 22-10 at the end of the opening period.
In the second quarter the Eagles extended their lead further and a 12-4 burst towards the end of the period took the score out to 40-24. The visitors however fought back and an 8-2 tear trimmed the deficit to 10 points at 42-32 as the teams headed into the locker rooms at the half.
In the second half, the Eagles continued to dominate their visitors and a further 13-4 run midway through the third quarter extended the lead to 19 points at 55-36. The Wolves tried valiantly to get themselves back into the contest, but the Eagles proved too strong for them and they headed into the final stanza leading 65-48.
In the final quarter the Wolves began to close the gap and bursts of 9-0 and 8-2 for the visitors got them right back into the game as they trailed by just eight points at 78-70, but they could get no closer as the Eagles held on for the all-important victory.
An impressive 29 points from Trey Moore (pictured) was a game-high performance for the Eagles, while Sam Cricelli led the Wolves in scoring with 21 points personal.