BBL Championship
Bristol Flyers 66 (17,34,52) (Streete 17,Seilund 15,Edozie 15)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 106 (36,54,83) (Thomson 24, Chapman 19, Martin 18)

BBL Championship leaders Esh Group Eagles Newcastle erupted early at Bristol Flyers with a scorching first quarter laying the foundation for a one-sided 106-66 success.

Staring at an unthinkable third consecutive defeat in the BBL Championship, the Eagles wasted little time in laying down their intention of returning to winning ways as they stretched their unbeaten run against their opponents to seven games.

Exploding from the buzzer thanks to some good early work from veteran Charles Smith, the Eagles blasted their way into an eye-popping 36-17 advantage after the opening ten minutes as Andy Thomson dropped 14 points in the first quarter.

Bristol worked hard to gain some kind of a foothold in the game and at least stopped the bleeding with an improved second quarter as Mathias Seilund led the resistance.

However normal service was resumed after the interval when the Eagles cranked things up again and eventually coasted to victory to make the long journey back to the North-East significantly more bearable.

Five visiting players reached double-digits, with Smith gaining a double-double after harvesting ten boards.

It was also a notable night for Eagles’ forward Scott Martin who passed the landmark of 500 rebounds in the BBL Championship.