Newcastle Eagles have secured the British Basketball League title for a record sixth time to cap their return to prominence.
Fab Flournoy’s men sealed the championship with an emphatic 106-58 victory over Surrey United on Sunday to regain the prize they ceded to Leicester Riders last season, ending with a 28-5 record and an unassailable advantage over closest challengers Worcester Wolves.
It makes it a seventeenth honour for Flournoy since he took charge to Tyneside and a return to form following Newcastle’s loss in the BBL Cup final in January and a rare season in 2012-13 when no major silverware was brought to Tyneside.
“I feel fabulous,” Flournoy said ”There was so much anticipation coming into this weekend and getting over the line,” he stated. ”There’s a big difference in getting to the line and then successfully crossing over it.
“Now we have finally done it, I’d like to say thanks to all my team-mates since they’ve been through a lot this season.
“I’d also like to say a thank you to the organisation, the fans and my coaching staff for putting together a good team and one that has brought silverware back to Newcastle.”
Elsewhere, Galatasary were crowned champions of Euroleague Women by defeating rivals Fenerbahce 69-58 in an all-Turkish final in Ekaterinburg.
Pic: Niall Gray
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