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City Of Birmingham 78 – 82 Newcastle Eagles, 11th Feb 2017

On Saturday, the U16s made the long trip down to the Midlands to play City of Birmingham (COB) at the Nechells Leisure Centre. The previous meeting between the two teams saw the Eagles lose by 43 points in a very one-sided contest. The Eagles were however coming off a good home win against Manchester Giants and felt they were capable of competing a lot better this time around. With the away team arriving in Birmingham in good time the players had an extensive warm-up which appeared to focus the away side and ensure they started the game with real commitment and energy.

The first quarter was very tight as both teams struggled to put any kind of run together. The Eagles were showing lots of positive signs on offence and good team basketball led to them scoring 19 points in the quarter. Sadly some lapses in transition defence allowed COB to get some cheap scores and this coupled with some good shooting from midrange had the score at 20-19 in favour of the hosts, after the first 10 minutes.

The Eagles started the second quarter brightly, going on an 8-2 run and taking the lead after just 3 minutes (22-27). COB would however respond with a 9-0 run of their own, wrestling back the lead from the visitors with 2 minutes remaining in the quarter. The teams would then trade baskets before back to back scores for the Eagles closed the home side’s lead to just four points at the interval (40-36).

The halftime break allowed the Eagles to regroup and revise their game plan. The away side knew they were competing well but needed to be more assertive on the defensive end if they were going to come out winners and take a W that on paper didn’t seem possible.

A lay-up for Kusi, just after the break, got the visitors off to a good start, immediately cutting the hosts lead to just 2 points. The home side were not however in any mood to relinquish their lead, going on an 18-9 run and stretching their advantage to 12 points with 2 minutes to play in the quarter. The perimeter shots were now starting to drop for the hosts and this coupled with some good interior play from the forwards was presenting a real challenge for the Eagles. The away side would however manage to reduce the lead after scores for Swann and Evboumwan cut the deficit to 7 before a layup at the death saw the hosts lead climb back to 9 points (65-56) with one quarter to go.

Despite the deficit the Eagles knew they could get back into the game if they stuck to the game plan and shared the ball on the offensive end. The away side started the final quarter all guns blazing. Going on a 14-3 run and re-taking the lead with 3 minutes gone (68-73). COB took a timeout and immediately hit back after play resumed – with an offensive rebound leading to an easy put back. The hosts would continue to work hard in the paint and after a couple of inside finishes the score was tied at 73 all with 3 minutes to play. This is where the Eagles would make the decisive run. Back to back 3’s from Wilson and Evbouman would put the away team up 6 – quickly followed by a good inside finish from Ridley. Again, COB would take a timeout and again they responded well with a quick layup followed by a big three from Gordon. The Eagles were up by 3 with 40 seconds left. Wilson was then fouled making 1 of his 2 from the line to make it a two-possession game. With all 5 guys locked in on defence late on the hosts wouldn’t find another shot and after 3 big blocks from Evboumwan, Ridley and Payling the buzzer sounded and the Eagles came out victors 78-82!

Credit must go to the hosts who played some great basketball at times but the day was most certainly the Eagles. The players put together what was easily their best 40 minutes of basketball and with everyone getting on the score sheet it was nearly a perfect outing from the visitors!

The Eagles have a weekend off next week before another tough away trip to the North West to play the league leaders Manchester Magic.

Scorers: Evboumwan 28, Wilson 10, Kande 10, Ridley 8, Swann 8, Proctor 7, Payling 6, Kusi 3, Burns 2.


Archived Match Reports

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Northamptonshire Titans 67-51 Newcastle Eagles, 25th Sep 2016

Newcastle Eagles 50-87 Mansfield Giants, 1st Oct 2016

Harrogate Spartans 58-68 Newcastle Eagles, 9th Oct 2016

Newcastle Eagles 62-59 Trafford Magic, 15th Oct 2016

Sheffield Junior Sharks 79-39 Newcastle Eagles, 22nd Oct 2016

Newcastle Eagles 61 – 64 Cheshire Wire, 29th Oct 2016

Manchester Giants 94 – 60 Newcastle Eagles, 30th Oct 2016

Manchester Giants 80-63 Newcastle Eagles, 5th Nov 2016

Newcastle Eagles 38 – 81 City Of Birmingham, 12th Nov 2016

Newcastle Eagles 57 – 76 Manchester Magic, 19th Nov 2016

Stockport Falcons 32-85 Newcastle Eagles, 26th Nov 2016

Cheshire Phoenix Juniors 27 – 54 Newcastle Eagles, 3rd Dec 2016

Newcastle Eagles 72 – 77 Northamptonshire Titans, 10th Dec 2016

Mansfield Giants 71 – 56 Newcastle Eagles, 17th Dec 2016

Trafford Magic 81 – 70 Newcastle Eagles, 14th Jan 2017

Newcastle Eagles 59 – 82 Sheffield Junior Sharks, 21st Jan 2017

Cheshire Wire 59 – 49 Newcastle Eagles, 28th Jan 2017

Newcastle Eagles 78 – 52 Manchester Giants, 4th Feb 2017



Date & Time
Northamptonshire Titans (A)
67 - 51 (L)
September 25th, 2016 1:30pm
Mansfield Giants (H)
50 - 87 (L)
October 1st, 2016 2:00pm
Harrogate Spartans (A)
58 - 68 (W)
October 9th, 2016 12:00am
Trafford Magic (H)
62 - 59 (W)
October 15th, 2016 2:00pm
Sheffield Junior Sharks (A)
79 - 39 (L)
October 22nd, 2016 12:20pm
Cheshire Wire (H)
61 - 64 (L)
October 29th, 2016 2:00pm
Manchester Giants (A)
94 - 60 (L)
October 30th, 2016 3:15pm
National Cup 3rd Round
Manchester Giants (A)
80 - 63 (L)
November 5th, 2016 3:00pm
City of Birmingham (H)
38 - 81 (L)
November 12th, 2016 2:00pm
Manchester Magic (H)
57 - 76 (L)
November 19th, 2016 3:00pm
Stockport Falcons (A)
32 - 85 (W)
November 26th, 2016 4:00pm
Cheshire Phoenix Juniors (A)
27 - 54 (W)
December 3rd, 2016 12:20pm
Northamptonshire Titans (H)
72 - 77 (L)
December 10th, 2016 2:00pm
Mansfield Giants (A)
71 - 56 (L)
December 17th, 2016 2:15pm
Trafford Magic (A)
81 - 70 (L)
January 14th, 2017 3:30pm
Sheffield Junior Sharks (H)
59 - 82 (L)
January 21st, 2017 2:00pm
Cheshire Wire (A)
59 - 49 (L)
January 28th, 2017 3:00pm
Manchester Giants (H)
78 - 52 (W)
February 4th, 2017 2:00pm
City of Birmingham (A)
78 - 82 (W)
February 11th, 2017 12:20pm
Manchester Magic (A)
February 26th, 2017 12:30pm
Stockport Falcons (H)
March 4th, 2017 2:00pm
Cheshire Phoenix Juniors (H)
March 11th, 2017 2:00pm
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