Flournoy wins another Molten BBL Coach of the Month award

Fab Flournoy has held onto his Molten BBL Coach of the Month accolade for a third consecutive month after being handed the gong for March.

Even for the high standards of the most successful club in BBL history,  it has been a truly fantastic month for Esh Group Eagles Newcastle and their play-caller.

They have not only added the BBL Trophy to their collection, but won all seven of their games during the period by an eye-bulging combined basket difference of 160 points to move to within touching distance of yet another BBL Championship title.

Bearing down on the BBL treble and with the BBL Play-Offs also on the horizon, Flournoy has presided over more success, having also taken the monthly honour back in November.

However, his joy was of course tempered by the serious injury which has now ruled him out of action for the remainder of the campaign.

The month started with the Eagles’ tightest game after they won 104-99 in the BBL Trophy Semi Final second leg at Plymouth University Raiders, although they had went into the contest with a massive 47 point advantage from the first meeting.

They then registered another road win via a 94-68 triumph at Leeds Force, prior to lighting it up against Cheshire Phoenix in a dazzling 119-92 success at Sport Central.

Just 48 hours prior to competing in the BBL Trophy Final, they despatched Bristol Flyers 101-74 and then moved on to the Emirates Arena for a truly memorable blockbuster with Leicester Riders.

Despite trailing for much of the game and also losing Flournoy late in the contest, the Eagles managed to clinch the prestigious Trophy 96-90 – thanks mainly to MVP, Charles Smith.

The north-east club then signed off March with crushing league wins against Surrey United and Manchester Giants.

As the only other coach to go unbeaten during the month with five wins from his five games, Atiba Lyons of Sheffield Sharks was the main challenger to Flournoy.