Date Time League Season
March 10, 2024 5:00 pm Men's Championship 2023-24

Jordan Johnson faces his former club in Glasgow tonight insisting in-form Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles have nothing to fear from the club’s top four rivals.

Third-placed Caledonia Gladiators (16-12) host fourth-placed Newcastle (15-11) in the British Basketball League’s game of the weekend.

Jordan Johnson in Friday’s 109-77 victory against Manchester Giants.

And North All Star Johnson is relishing a fresh opportunity to test himself against a talented roster bidding to bounce back from Friday’s loss against London.

“We love the big games and that’s what we’re built for,” said a bullish Johnson.

“Nobody’s afraid of what we might face up there. It’s a tough place to go but we’re not worried. Not one bit.”

Johnson was forced to play second fiddle to electric MVP Devin Johnson as Marc Steutel’s men blew away Manchester on Friday.

But the do-it-all backcourt general still bagged 17 points in just 23 minutes as the hosts defeated the Giants 109-77.

And a buoyant JJ heads north of the border believing a fully fit Eagles roster is on the brink of realising its full potential.

All 10 senior professionals were on the scoreboard by half-time on Friday and the US guard added: “It’s great to see.

“It’s kind of weird because we haven’t been in that situation all season but to have everyone fit and healthy is huge.

“All 10 senior guys are capable of making a big contribution and we love sharing the ball and seeing everyone score.”

Whitfield exploded off the bench to bag 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists — by far his biggest night for the men in black.

And Johnson delighted in his team-mate’s incredible efficiency as the ex-G Leaguer nailed all seven of his shots from beyond the arc.

“All we need Devin to do is play his game and we’ll see more of the same,” added the ex-Glasgow Rocks favourite.

“He’s going to be alright. We know he can shoot like that and that’s what we need home to do.

“It’s been tough for guys like Devin and Scott [Spencer] coming into this league and suffering the injuries they’ve had.

“But both of them showed what they can do against the Giants. I’m proud of them and happy for them.”

Johnson is guaranteed a hot reception when he crosses the border and knows a strong start against Gareth Murray’s men is a must.

Newcastle picked up a famous win in November the last time they faced the Gladiators on their own patch.

But Johnson warned: “Caledonia are strong in the post and a really powerful opponent.

“It’s their biggest strength and we need to figure out a way to suck them into our game again.

“But we go there in confident mood. We’re entering a busy period and we’ve looked at the games in front of us.

“It’s a challenge but that’s basketball. We’re paid to play basketball and paid to perform — whatever the schedule.”

Newcastle have won four league games on the bounce as Steutel’s men look to close out the regular season in style.

And with no Eagles player asked to play more than 25 minutes against Manchester, the men in black head north with energy to spare.

But with Wednesday’s road trip to Denmark looming large and Friday’s homecourt clash against fierce rivals Sheffield Sharks on the horizon, managing his players’ minutes is clearly the greatest challenge facing coach Steutel in March.

Tickets for Friday’s home game against Sharks can be bought at the Box Office.