Newcastle Eagles 107 (35,56,84) (Chapman 26, Jackson 17, Bridge 14
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 82 (16,34,52) (Johnson 16, James 15, Wierzbicki 13)
Newcastle Eagles moved back to the top of the BBL with a comfortable 107-82 victory over Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.
The Eagles were unstoppable from the three point line as they went a combined 15 of 29. Joe Chapman (pictured) and Andrew Bridge were the main threats as they notched 6 from 8 and 4 from 5 respectively.
Eagles were in sensational form in the first quarter with the team making 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Bridge made 3 of 4 and Joe Chapman landed both of his to complement perfect shooting from Darius Defoe as Newcastle led 35-12. Riders had the better of the opening exchanges in the second quarter with Jason Johnson making it 42-30 from the line. Eagles response was swift with Charles Smith’s three making it 54-32 as the half ended 56-34 to Newcastle.
A Chapman free throw moved the lead to 30 (80-50) late in the third period. Fab Flournoy was able to run his bench and Jamie Glen made it 84-52 to end the quarter.
Eagles lead peaked at 101-66 midway through the final stanza as the reigning champions replaced Sheffield Sharks at the summit of the BBL. Leicester remain fourth.