Esh Group Eagles Newcastle return to Northumbria University Sport Central looking to continue their 100% BBL Championship record and get back to winning ways after last week’s surprise Cup defeat at the hands of Cheshire Phoenix, writes Jeff King.

That defeat sent reverberation’s around The BBL but nowhere was the impact harder felt than in The Eagles own locker room and inner sanctum as the first chance of silverware slipped through their talons.

One of the biggest factors, with the greatest respect in the world to the rest of the team, was the injury to on-court general Saah Nimley which meant the diminutive point guard was unable to assist his team last Friday night.

The good news for all concerned with The Eagles is that Nimley has trained all week and will be back to help shape and guide his side as they look to continue their Championship challenge. The influential guard reflected on last week and looked forward to tonight.