BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers 65 (20,42,49) (Neighbour 16, Lee 13, Ogedengbe 9)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 98 (21,47,75) (Martin 24, A Thomson 19, Chapman/Lasker 12)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle overcame a slow start before powering towards a 65-98 victory away at Surrey Scorchers.
The defending champions used a strong third period as platform for their second league win with Scott Martin surpassing 1000 career BBL points with a game-high 26 to lead six team-mates in double figures.
Surrey had made a bright start in their first home game with Will Neighbour scoring nine of his team-high 16 points in a 15-3 opening, on his BBL debut.
However, the Eagles re-grouped and a 10-0 run to close the first quarter saw them lead at 20-Although the lead changed hands a few times during the second, Newcastle again made their move at an important time to build a 42-47 half-time advantage.
The third period was the turning point as Fab Flournoy’s side turned on the style to outscore their opponents by 21 and subsequently build a commanding lead.
There was to be no way back for the Scorchers in the fourth as they ran out of steam in the closing stages; dropping to a 1-1 mark for the season.