BBL Championship
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 98 (26,47,68) (Thomson 21, Defoe 16, Jones 15)

Durham Wildcats 71 (22,37,54) (Buchberger 15, Urli 14, Jones 13) 

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle continued their merciless roll in the BBL Championship, as the Newcastle side improved their league-best record to 21-2 with a 98-71 home victory against Durham Wildcats at the Sport Central on Friday.

Having started the game well, Wildcats had a 22-16 edge after a basket by Christopher Jones with a couple of minutes remaining in the opening frame, but Eagles bridged the first two quarters with a 16-0 run to take over the control of the game at 32-22.

Eagles built on a decent first half in the third quarter, increasing the gap to 68-54 heading into the final period of action. The fourth quarter was no more than a formality for Newcastle, who closed the game by winning the last period 30-17, as their lead skyrocketed.

Stuart Thomson had 21 points off the bench for Eagles, Darius Defoe collected 16 points, while Andre Jones scored 15. For Wildcats, David Buchberger had a team-high 15 points, as Fran Urli chipped in with 14 points with the second unit.