Having almost won another title last night without bouncing a ball as main rivals Leicester Riders only just clawed a win, the Eagles finished the job in style with a triumph in front of their jubilant fans.
The win was facilitated by the playmaking skills of Rahmon Fletcher who had a special double-double of 16 points and 13 assists, while brothers Andy and Stuart Thomson had stellar shooting nights.
The British duo combined for 45 points and Charles Smith added a game-high 27 points as the Eagles claimed yet more silverware to further consolidate their status as the most successful team in BBL history.
Elsewhere, Glasgow Rocks had little difficulty in despatching bottom placed Surrey United with a one-sided 96-77 home-court success.
The explosive Tayo Ogedengbe led the way with 22 points and Scottish guard Johnny Bunyan added an eye-catching 16 points as Rocks drew level with London Lion on 19 wins heading into the last weekend of the regular season.
Dominique Coleman fire 29 points for United, who have now lost seven games in a row.
|Wednesday 15 April 2015|
|BBL Championship – Results|
|Newcastle Eagles||107 – 97||Manchester Giants||19:30|
|Glasgow Rocks||96 – 77||Surrey United||19:30|
|1||Esh Group Eagles Newcastle||34||31||3||62|
|10||Plymouth University Raiders||34||10||24||20|
|2014/15 League Table|
Quote of the Day
Last year we struggled when we went up there but by the time we played them at our place we pushed them close.
“They will have as many people as possible healthy because Leicester have done a really good job keeping the pressure on.
“Not that they do, but hopefully they will take us a little but more lightly than they will Cheshire and Leicester at the weekend. Giant’s Head Coach, Jeff Jones
Eagles are BBL Champions AGAIN!
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 107 (32,62,81) (Smith 27, Thomson S 23, Thomson A 22)
Manchester Giants 97 (21,51,73) (Gill 25, Jones 22, Marsden 20)
A typically powerful offensive display carried Esh Group Eagles Newcastle to a win against Giants and to successive BBL titles.
There were few signs of nerves at Sport Central and ultimately nothing but cheers and celebrations as the party got started in earnest for Esh Group Eagles Newcastle, who won the BBL Championship after a 107-97 victory against Manchester Giants.
When it mattered most, the title-winners had an array of big performances from their players as they eased to a memorable victory, to add yet more silverware to their already bulging trophy cabinet.
Perhaps needing a strong start to keep any worries of slipping up at bay, the Eagles delivered a slick first-quarter and barely missed a beat as they poured in 32 points during the opening period to record a double-digit advantage.
That was mainly due to the British brotherly duo of Stu and Andy Thomson, who caught fire early and never looked back as they combined for 20 points in the opening ten minutes and eventually went on to collect a shared 45 points.
It was still an 11 point margin at half-time and with Rahmon Fletcher pulling the strings to great effect, the Eagles never looked like allowing their coveted title from slipping away.
While Manchester hung around with some nice contributions from the likes of Stefan Gill who finished with 25 points, the Eagles had too much firepower and veteran Charles Smith came alive in the second half to help seal the deal.
Smith eventually top-scored with 27 points, while Fletcher grabbed a brilliant double-double of 16 points and 13 assists as the Eagles skipped with joy over the finishing line to the adulation of the home supporters.
Rocks win now up to 5th
Glasgow Rocks 96 (23,50,78) (Ogedengbe 22, Freeman 17, Bunyan 16)
Surrey United 77 (19,35,61) (Coleman 29, Knutson 17, Forson 17)
Glasgow Rocks made it three wins in four games on Wednesday night after easing to a convincing home success against struggling Surrey.
The hometown Glasgow Rocks had little difficulty in collecting a convincing 96-77 BBL Championship success against Surrey United as the superior depth of the hosts wore down their bottom of the table opponents.
Sterling Davis and his triumphant team inflicted a seventh straight defeat on United as they boosted their own positon by pulling level with London Lions on 19 wins for the season with a couple of games remaining.
While United managed to just about keep pace with Rocks during an entertaining and free-flowing first period, a dunk by Danny Huffor and triple by Tommy Freeman at the start of the second period commenced the Rocks ascent as they began to soar clear.
Minutes later, Dale Grieve converted from behind the three-point line to make it 50-33 and Rocks were out of sight before the half-time buzzer had sounded.
They continued to dominate after the interval and while United tried to claw the deficit back with a massive 29 points from Dominique Coleman and trademark double-double from Kramer Knutson, Rocks had far too many weapons all over the floor.
Tayo Ogedengbe posted a nice display in the paint to lead Rocks with 22 points and Scottish guard Johnny Bunyan did the business in the backcourt with a nicely efficient 16 points.
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