Eagles beat Wildcats in North-East BBL derby

The Northern Echo: EAGLES FLY HIGH: Newcastle Eagles beat Durham Wildcats this afternoon in their BBL derby EAGLES FLY HIGH: Newcastle Eagles beat Durham Wildcats this afternoon in their BBL derby

NEWCASTLE Eagles turned in an impressive second-half performance to win their North-East BBL derby with Durham Wildcats 90-75 at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre this afternoon.

Scott Martin's 21 points led the way for the Eagles as Fab Flournoy's team won the second half by 16 points to keep the pressure on at the top of the BBL Championship table.

Eagles never trailed during the first quarter, with Drew Lasker's dunk with two seconds of the period to play cementing their 21-18 advantage.

Durham dominated the second ten minutes of action though, taking the lead at 24-23 on Devin Ginty's three and moving out to 40-35 on four straight points from Danny Huffor.

However, the Eagles scored the last four points of the half to ensure they trailed by just one point at the interval.

A 17-6 run by the Eagles helped them take the score from 43-42 to 60-48 in the third quarter, before Wildcats ended the period with the last six points.

However, Newcastle continued to dominate in the final quarter, embarking on a 14-4 run to take the score to 74-60 before going on to make the match safe.

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