Newcastle Eagles Academy vs SGS College

A strong defensive first half performance from the hosts set the tone in Newcastle Eagles Academy first game in the EABL, as they hosted SGS College.

The opening five minutes saw Newcastle take control as their defensive execution lead to scoring opportunities on the fast break. The hosts started with a 11-4 burst as Theo Riley scored the first points for the newly formed EABL side with a spot up three-pointer in the first minute. The first quarter would end 26-14 in Newcastle’s favour behind 10 points from Riley.

The second quarter was more of the same as Tosan Evboumwan helped the scoreboard tick over for the hosts with nine points, while Louis Weaver from SGS kept them in touch with some smart play around the basket. The half-time score was 51-27 as the Eagles held a commanding lead.

The second half saw a comeback from SGS as they made a game of it. Some poor decision-making from Newcastle allowed SGS a lifeline as Marvin Dinnall poured in 18 second half points, supported by Sam Chigbo, their big man down low. However, Newcastle held on to take a 80-70 win and start a new era in the EABL with a crucial win.

Eagles’ Head Coach Ian Macleod said; “This is a good start for us, but it is just that: a start. We focused solely on team cohesion, our behaviours and support of each other on court, and this paid dividends. The players did a great job of executing the scout report and they supported each other tremendously. Now we have to continue to take steps forward in practice, and ensure we are improving every time we step on the floor.”

Leading Scorers:

Newcastle – Theo Riley (23), Jeremy Lievin (16), Tosan Evboumwan (13)

SGS – Marvin Dinnal (20), Henry Ogilvie (15), Sam Chigbo (9)

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