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What a sensational start to the season for Head Coach Ian Macleod and his Newcastle Eagles as they moved to 2 – 0 in their BBL Group after a superb road win down in Leicester.

In a battle of two of the powerhouses of British basketball it was Newcastle that came up big down the stretch to take a crucial win by six points in a high-quality, high intensity game of basketball. It was a game that ebbed and flowed throughout and was in doubt right to the wire.

Newcastle’s final winning margin was their biggest lead of the night and their dogged opponents Leicester had their biggest lead of seven points way back in the first ten-minute period. It was a game played at high speed with a huge degree of offensive execution by both sides.

Somewhat against the norm where these two sides are concerned. They usually are involved in games where the defence dominates but this time it was an offensive explosion suited to the recent Bonfire night celebrations that swayed the day.

All of Newcastle’s starters were in double figures which shows the potential of this exciting side which certainly play a real up-tempo style of play. Their speed down the court and willingness to take the first good shot open to them in evidence throughout a pulsating 40 minutes.

Watch the full highlights from the Morningside Arena, Leicester: