Esh Group Eagles Newcastle v Glasgow Rocks
Friday 23 January 2015  – Sport Central – 7:30pm

Rocks and Eagles will meet again in the BBL Trophy quarter-final next month as well, but the league is the main priority for both teams this weekend.

Eagles aim is to remain at the summit, having tasted just their second league defeat in their previous Championship game, while Rocks must begin to turn their games in hand into points.

The Cup Final loss remains a tough pill for Sterling Davis’ side to swallow, given that the performance was not in keeping with what had gone before it.

But Tommy Freeman and his team-mates know they are capable of much more, and must produce it, if they are to secure a BBL Play-off place.

“The Cup Final really was a disappointment for us,” said Freeman.

“We accomplished a lot of the things that we set out to do on the defensive end of the floor. However, we couldn’t hit shots. Our threes weren’t falling the way they have all year and Newcastle made shots down the stretch to come away with the win.

“In order to keep moving up the league we are going to have to beat some of the top four teams.”

Threes failing to fall was certainly not a problem last time out for Glasgow, as they connected on 20 triples in a record-breaking 112-46 thrashing of Falkirk Fury.

This sends Davis’ men into a tough weekend full of confidence.

Freeman added: “It definitely helped our confidence being able to shoot the ball that way after we shot so poorly in the final.

“We needed to come away with two wins last weekend and that’s what we did.

“Travelling to Durham and Newcastle this weekend will be tough tests for us so we will need to bring out A-game once again.”

Last time they met:

Newcastle Eagles 84 Glasgow Rocks 71 (BBL Cup Final, Barclaycard Arena, 11/01/2015)

What they say:

Eagles guard Drew Lasker: “This is a league game that is a must-win for both as we want to remain on top, and for Rocks to push for the Play-offs so Cup and Trophy will have no bearing on this game. Both teams will be focused only on getting two points.”