Preview: Meet the Newcastle Eagles

Category: News
Author: RidersMedia
Date: 1st November, 2019

Following their strong victory over the Manchester Giants last weekend the Leicester Riders will be looking get revenge for their loss to the Newcastle Eagles last month in the North East on Friday.

About the Eagles

Ian MacLeod has taken over from the departing Fab Flournoy as Head Coach, as Flournoy headed to the NBA, after the most successful stint at a BBL club in history.

That period included clean sweeps of all the four BBL trophies in the 2005/06, 2011/12 and 2014/15 seasons.

But after two silverware-free seasons, the Eagles will be looking to reclaim the BBL Cup, a feat they last achieved in the 2016-17 season.

MacLeod has the position on an interim basis, announced this summer ahead of the season . MacLeod was a trusted lieutenant of Flournoy, with increasing responsibilities in recent seasons, so he knows the culture of the club very well.

The Eagles have plenty of BBL experience in centre Darius Defoe, naturalised guard Andrew Lasker, along with long range shooter Kai Williams and young guards Eddie Matthews and Themba Yabantu. 

But the offence revolves around two-time league MVP Rahmon Fletcher, alongside newcomers, including forward Mike Morsell, guard Nick Schlitzer, forward John Mitchell and centre Sade Aded Hussein. Eagles are hoping to get point guard Rod Glasgow as a non-visa player but at the moment he is an alternate to Morsell.

Season So Far – Eagles

After winning four of their first five games, including a pair of those games split with Glasgow Rocks, the Eagles have lost two straight games to Sheffield Sharks, including a 93-69 battering last time out in Sheffield.

Season So Far – Riders

Riders started with three victories over Sheffield, Cheshire and Manchester, before coming unstuck at home to Newcastle and Cheshire. They have bounced back with convincing wins, on the road at Glasgow, and at home to the Giants.

Last Time They Met

The Riders and Eagles have met once before this season at the Morningside Arena on October 4th. It was a strong performance from the Eagles who took the points back to the North East with a 86-94, this time out Head Coach Rob Paternostro will no doubt be looking for an improved performance from his men.

Ones to Watch

As Rahmon Fletcher, the MVP guard of the Eagles, goes, so does the team, and Fletcher has, at times, shown the best form of his career so far this season, averaging 21 points and 8.5 assists per game.

For the Riders Jesse Chuku is getting better every week and last time out was a perfect 10 from 10 from the floor, including a three pointer on his way to top scoring with 21 points.

Next Home Game

The Leicester Riders Return to the Morningside Arena on November 8th when they take on the Glasgow Rocks in their final Home game of the BBL Cup North Group. CLICK HERE to purchase your Tickets!

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