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Basketball is one of those sports where statistics play a huge part. But at the end of the forty minutes there’s only one that really counts and that’s the final score. For Newcastle Eagles last night was a painful final statistic.

It brought an end to a five-match winning run during December that had seen them climb to the top of the British Basketball League. However, their opening fixture of the New Year saw them toppled from their perch by a rampant and hungry Lions side that showed real pride in their work.

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