Eagles hold stress on eighth spot with win over Caledonia


BBL Championship

Caledonia Gladiators 77-83 Newcastle Eagles (18-12, 35-38, 53-63)
(Gladiators: Durham, 19; Onwas, 17; Sloan, 14 — Eagles: Johnson, 24; French, 14; Cohn, 13)

Newcastle Eagles have saved the race to the ultimate BBL Championship playoff spot alive following an 83-77 win over the Caledonia Gladiators on the Emirates Area on Thursday night time.

The Eagles have achieved all they’ve wanted to do so as to sneak eighth place from the Plymouth Metropolis Patriots, who play the London Lions tomorrow night time (Friday).

Ought to the Patriots lose, then it units up a ultimate day showdown between Newcastle and Plymouth on the Pavilions on Sunday.

Taking part in with out Javion Hamlet, Kyle Johnson stepped as much as lead the winners with 24 factors off 9/15 taking pictures. Hasahn French added a double-double of 14 factors and 12 rebounds.

Al Durham paced Caledonia with 19 factors and Princeton Onwas added 17.

After a sluggish begin, Caledonia, because of Fahro Alihodzic constructed a four-point lead in direction of the halfway level of the primary and with Eagles getting nearly all of their factors on the foul line to cut back the deficit, David Sloan broke in transition to lob it to Onwas for the two-hand slam, giving the hosts a 12-9 benefit.

From there, the Gladiators had been in a position to up the tempo within the ultimate phases of the primary as they took an 18-12 cushion, heading into the second.

Taking part in for his or her playoff lives, Newcastle got here out combating in a scrappy second, and a 10-2 run, capped off by a rating underneath the basket from Johnson gave the Eagles a 34-32 lead with 1:53 remaining.

Durham responded nearly immediately for Caledonia with a three-point play however the guests matched them but once more with Johnson as soon as once more on the coronary heart of Newcastle’s offence.

The Eagles had been in a position to take a 38-35 lead heading into the third interval, which grew to become 50-44 with 4 minutes of the quarter performed because of a 3 from Johnson.

Caledonia threatened briefly however Newcastle had been in a groove and with 2:06 remaining, a trademark jumper from Darius Defoe gave his facet a 60-49 cushion.

It was actually a giant quarter for the guests, up by ten factors after three as executed on the offensive finish and forcing Caledonia into powerful offences altogether.

The Gladiators pushed exhausting within the early phases of the fourth however a 7-0 run by the Eagles was important. The hosts made one ultimate push within the ultimate minute however Newcastle had been in a position to ice the sport from the foul line.



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