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The more things change the more things stay the same.
And on the night our Eagles handed debuts to seven new faces there was a familiar air of superiority as the hosts cruised to a comfortable MKM Building Supplies Pre-Season victory.
Historically, player-coach Fabulous Flournoy has built his all-conquering rosters on consistency – the new faces recruited each summer few and far between.
But a disastrous denouement to the 2016/17 campaign led to a dramatic off-court overhaul not seen on Tyneside since the transitional Sporting Club days.
And for now, at least, it seems the policy could pay rich dividends.
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All seven new players had opened their Newcastle account with 73 seconds of the first quarter remaining.
And an unexpected sense of cohesion and instinctiveness underpinned a predictably straightforward first win.
A golden moment midway through the second quarter summed it up: Danish international Zarko Jukic combined with fellow new boy Jure Gunjina to set up Kai Williams for a looping three-pointer. The gasps of admiration were clear.
Could this be the start of a new dynasty?
With the TJ Walker-esque Saah Nimley dominating the backcourt and livewire shooting guard Jaysean Paige punching his way through the Team USA defence at will, why not?
Forward Terry Martin boasts a body built for long stints battling in the BBL paint and AJ Basi came off the bench with an arrowing three-point shot in his armoury.
It was all too much for an undercooked Team USA. And it was all over far too soon for fans offered a tantalising glimpse of the future.
Two more games remain in the pre-season schedule and tickets can be bought individually for both games at just £8 per person: