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BBL award 'an honour' for Newcastle Eagles star Smith

Newcastle Eagles forward Charles Smith says it's 'an honour' to be named British Basketball League Player of the Year.

The 39-year-old veteran scooped the top individual player prize at this week's British Basketball Journalists' Association annual awards, fending off competition from Demond Watt of Cheshire Phoenix and his Eagles team-mate Rahmon Fletcher.

The Eagles won this year's BBL Championship, BBL Cup and BBL Trophy, and could clinch a domestic 'clean sweep' in Sunday's BBL Play-off Final against London Lions at the O2 Arena.

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Flournoy relishing Wembley return

Newcastle Eagles player-coach Fabulous Flournoy says he's looking forward to taking his side back to Wembley in the British Basketball League (BBL) playoff final this weekend.

The Eagles will face Worcester Wolves in front of a 9,000 capacity sell-out crowd on Sunday 11 May.

Newcastle Eagles were beaten by Leicester Riders in the playoff final last season.

Eagles prepare for Wembley

Newcastle Eagles stage their final press conference of the season Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle Eagles are preparing for a return trip to Wembley on Sunday.

The British Basketball League (BBL) champions face Worcester Wolves in the BBL playoff final on May 11.

The BBL Championship trophy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Eagles were knocked out of the BBL Trophy by Worcester in February after losing 73-86 at Sport Central.

Eagles crowned BBL champions after Surrey win

Newcastle Eagles player-coach Fabulous Flournoy with the BBL Championship trophy Credit: Newcastle Eagles

Newcastle Eagles have been crowned British Basketball League champions for the sixth time after beating Surrey United this afternoon.

The Eagles won 106-58 in their final Championship game of the season.

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Esh Group "delighted" with Eagles naming rights

Brian Manning, Chief Executive of Esh Group, said:

We are delighted to confirm our on-going sponsorship of The Eagles - especially to take up the opportunity of 'naming rights' so we have joined our two names together.

"This sponsorship represents an increased investment into the Eagles by Esh Group also our continued committment to support the Eagle's community engagement through its charitable arm, the Eagles Community Foundation.

"At Esh Group we are passionate about supporting the communities in which we live and work and we are delighted to find a winning team which we can support which reflects those values too."

– Brian Manning, Chief Executive of Esh Group

Eagles: Name change "typical" of basketball teams

North East basketball side Newcastle Eagles have changed their name to Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.

Paul Blake, Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Eagles, said:

"Finding a sponsor which is truly compatible and supportive of both the business and the team is every sporting manager's dream - and one which I believe we at The Eagles have been so very fortunate to find.

"This new 'naming rights' agreement - which elevates this sponsorship into a true partnership - is one which is typical of international basketball teams the world over.

"Culturally it signifies a very special bond."

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