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Sensational Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles march on in the 2024 playoffs after sealing their quarter-final series 2-0.

The destructive men in black dispatched Caledonia Gladiators in convincing style — leading from start to finish to dash any hopes the Scots harboured of forcing a decisive game three.

A dominant display of total team basketball underpinned a deserved 94-71 win and set up a mouthwatering match-up with London Lions.

Eagles Men are now through to the Play Offs Semi Finals and will face London Lions. (Photos: Gary Forster)

The first game of that tantalising semi-final takes place on Tyneside on Friday but for now Newcastle can bask in the glory of a stunning upset sweep.

The Eagles boasted 10 scorers — including four in double figures — as they bossed a Caledonia roster missing dangerman Quade Green.

Marc Steutel’s men had successfully shut down the free-scoring guard in game one and Green arrived in the North East nursing an ankle injury.

Things immediately got worse for the visitors as Michael Bothwell picked up three fouls within the first three minutes.

And by then the hosts were already well on their way towards a 12-4 lead and a Final Fours clash with the runaway Championship winners.

A rampant Rickey McGill led all scorers as the locked in guard added four rebounds, three assists and two steals to his game high 22 points.

But a stacked stat sheet provided ample evidence of a talented roster that possesses serious threats at every turn.

Josh Ward-Hibbert burst off the bench to bag 16 points, eight boards, two steals and two blocks with a typical show of strength.

And Tajh Green joined the party with an all-action 20-minute cameo that featured a double double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Eagles Men beat Caledonia Gladiators in both home and away legs. (Photos: Gary Forster)

Jordan Johnson entered the fray midway through the first quarter and was fouled seven times in just 23 minutes — hitting 10 from 11 from the bonus stripe on his way to 12 points.

Just as they had done eight days earlier, Newcastle started strongly and finished with a flourish.

Gladiators’ best spell came towards the end of the opening quarter as Gareth Murray’s men moved to within three points of their cross-border rivals.

But decisive scores from livewire Larry Austin Jr and a Ward-Hibbert triple opened up an eight-point Eagles lead heading into period two.

The hosts led 51-36 at the half to maintain their post-season dominance over a Caledonia side that finished behind London and Cheshire in the regular season.

And although Murray’s side edged a scrappy third quarter it was game over for the shellshocked Gladiators.

Newcastle closed out the fourth period 25-15 and the ease with which Steutel’s side overcame their quarter-final opponents will not have gone unnoticed in the capital.

Lions wrapped up their own last eight series against Surrey with a convincing win in Guildford last night but on this form the late-blooming Eagles will provide a far sterner test.