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Newcastle Eagles finish in the top three for the 15th consecutive season

Newcastle Eagles basketball club have secured a top-three finish for the 15th consecutive season in the British Basketball League.

Despite narrowly missing out on claiming the BBL cup due to a string of injuries in the squad, they remain the most successful basketball club in British history.

I think it's a testament to the guys, the players I've had in the past, and a testament to our Managing Director, Paul Blake. He's set the tone and established us as, I hate to say it, a dynasty side. It's great to be a part of that.

– Fabulous Flournoy

But the good news doesn't mean the players can relax for the remaining three games of the season. On Friday, they take on Surrey Scorchers, who are currently sitting bottom of the league.

  • Looking ahead, Fab says the team must remain competitive:

The man who created the Eagles 'dynasty' says he's "over the moon" with securing third place with three games to go, saying "consistency is key".

Paul Blake has managed Newcastle Eagles for almost 20 years.

The Eagles will finish the season in front of a home crowd at the Eagles Community Arena against trophy winners London Lions, who are currently leading the league.

Players Drew Lasker and Darius Defoe said every game at the new arena has had an 'incredible atmosphere', but they're hoping to finish strong ahead of the playoffs.

When can I see the Eagles play?

  • Newcastle Eagles vs Surrey Scorchers (19.05.19 - Home)
  • Newcastle Eagles vs Sheffield Sharks (25.05.19 - Away)
  • Newcastle Eagles vs London Lions (26.04.19 - Home)

Back in January, the club opened its doors at the new Eagles Community Arena in a sell-out match against Plymouth Raiders.

The arena, which is located in Elswick, in the West End of Newcastle, holds a 3,000 strong crowd. It's also home to the Eagles female squad who compete in the Women's British Basketball League (WBBL), as well as junior league competitions.

The facility also hosts wheelchair basketball and volleyball.

Have you seen inside the Eagles nest? Simon O'Rourke went along before their first home game back in January.

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