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.
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