Newcastle win in close encounter with Barking.
Newcastle Eagles 59-56 BA London Lions (18-10,32-26, 46-45)
Newcastle Eagles boosted their benecos Play-Offs hopes following a close encounter win over BA London Lions, 59-56.
Eagles now move level with Durham Palatinates on points whilst Barking’s Play-Off hopes took a disappointing backwards step.
Leading scorers – Georgia Ohrdorf 12, Rachael Bland 10, Kalina Axentieva 9 (Eagles) – Ijeoma Ofomata 24, Kristie Velasquez 12, Urysla Cotton 6 (Lions)
Turning point – Newcastle led by ten in the third quarter, until seven points from Ofomata brought it back to within one heading into the final period. After a rocky start to the fourth, both teams would begin trading leads until Rachael Bland put up a key four points in the final two minutes giving Newcastle just enough to hold on until the final buzzer.
Key stat – Newcastle contested the perimeter well as Lions failed to connect on a single three-point shot all game, going 0-18.
Game hero(es) – Georgia Ohrdorf was key to Newcastle’s victory, putting up a double-double performance of 12 points and 12 rebounds.