Newcastle Eagles have signed Drew Lasker after it was confirmed that Trey Moore will miss the remainder of the season.

The former Plymouth Raiders star – who averaged 19 points per game last season in the BBL – will fill the gap left by the absence of Moore, the 36-year-old American guard, who suffered a suspected broken foot in the third quarter of Sunday's win over Guildford Heat which kept his side level on points with rivals Mersey at the head of the standings. Such injuries normally have a recovery time of 4-6 weeks.

However, Newcastle moved swiftly to replace Moore – the BBL's leading scorer, averaging over 22 points per game – to boost their ranks for what will be a gruelling schedule as the reigning champions attempt to retain their crown.

Eagles head coach Fab Flournoy said: "It is hugely disappointing for Trey and for us as a team. We have had such a bad run of luck this season and to lose Trey at this stage of the season is a big blow. But with the schedule being as it is we have no choice but to pick ourselves up and get on with it."

Under league rules, clubs can replace one player after the signing deadline if an injury occurs.

However the loss of the former league MVP would be a major hindrance for the Eagles who were previously forced to bring back Reggie Jackson following Joe Chapman's season-ending injury.

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