Eagles continue long-time stranglehold on Rocks
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle 92 (27,44,59) (Fletcher 27, Parks 25, Lasker 12)
Glasgow Rocks 85 (18,40,59) (Achara 28, Murray 25, Elechi 8)
Esh Group Eagles Newcastle kept up the pressure on league leaders, Leicester Riders, with an important 92-85 victory at home to Glasgow Rocks.
Fab Flournoy’s side secure the season head-to-head and extend their winning run over the Rocks to an incredible 19 games.
Rahmon Fletcher netted a game-high 27 points including 15 in the fourth with back-court partner Deondre Parks adding a further 25 points.
The Eagles were quick to settle and Parks had 12 points in the opening period to help the hosts establish a double-digit lead. However, Glasgow got going in the second with February’s Player of the Month, Kieron Achara, nearing a double-double at the break as the lead was cut to four.
The visitors made further inroads when play resumed and took the lead on a triple from Gareth Murray, but the game would be level heading into a crucial final 10 minutes.
The league MVP stepped up as Fletcher had a run of 10 straight points before netting a dagger triple to make it 82-74 approaching the final two minutes with Newcastle sealing the win.
Achara finished with an impressive 28 points and 14 boards, but the Rocks fall to a 16-6 record in a blow to their title hopes.