BBL Championship
Leicester Riders 73 (13,30,46) (King 22, Bernardini 10, Washington 9)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 92 (19,40,67) (Parks 26, Fletcher 24, Defoe/Jackman/Martin 12)

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle put on a show in front of the BBC cameras after recording an impressive 73-92 road win against Leicester Riders.

Fab Flournoy reached the landmark of 2000 career assists as his side increased their lead at the top of the BBL Championship.


The Eagles came through a physical affair, but lost Scott Martin to an ankle injury while Flournoy and Darius Defoe both had momentary scares.

Deondre Parks and Rahmon Fletcher combined for 50 points, while Orlan Jackman tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds in a strong display.


After a tight opening, the Eagles began to edge away and a mid-range jumpshot from Defoe put his side 9-17 ahead in the first. The Riders battled back in the second to briefly lead, but a 10-2 close saw the visitors lead by 10 at the interval.

Newcastle started the third with a 12-4 burst to extend the gap to 18 points and would further increase their advantage to 46-67 by the end of the period.

Another Parks three made it a 28-point game, although the Riders did threaten an unlikely comeback after going on a 19-2 run. However, the Eagles wrapped up an important victory to improve to 13-2 in the league.

Watch five great shots, including three from game MVP Rahmon Fletcher, on the BBC Sport Website.


Their attention now turns to the BBL Cup as they stay on the road to face London Lions in the first leg of their Semi-Final clash, on Sunday.