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The Newcastle Eagles took on the Mersey Tigers at Sports Central last night, in what turned out to be a demolition of the Tigers, who sit at the bottom of the BBL, having won no league games so far this season. 

The win takes the Eagles clear of the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders at the top of the BBL table, and gives the Eagles a confidence boost after they recently lost the BBL Cup final to the Riders. 

The Tigers were down in the game from the get-go, with the Eagles up 18 - 2 by midway through the first quarter. The Tigers kept fighting though, ending the quarter at 25-14 to the Eagles.

By the half-time mark, the Eagles were up 53 - 24, with the Eagles stringing point runs together, including a 10 point charge towards the end of the quarter with Damon Huffman dropping two three-pointers in 60 seconds. 

The second hallf continued in the same fashion, with the Eagles opening up with a 15 - 2 run, taking their lead to 68-26. The Eagles scored 38 points in the 3rd quarter, taking the score to 91-38. 

By the end of the 4th, Darius Defoe led all scorers, having racked up a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Charles Smith had 21 points, and Joe Chapman had 16. 

Eagles youngster, Eddie Matthew, was able to play 13:25 minutes of the game for the first time in his BBL career, and was able to get 8 points, including 2 three pointers. 

Gael Hulsen led scoring for the troubled Tigers, with 17 points. Joshua Lockett was close behind with 16 points, with Osemwegie Semi Eboigbe adding 12. 

It's clear from the box score that turnovers played a large part in the difference between these two teams. The Hulsen and Martin Calvo for the Tigers had 10 turnovers each, with the team having 30 turnovers in the game. The Eagles had just 12 turnovers. 

The misery continues for the Merseyside team, while the Eagles continue to try to prove that they're still top dog in this league.

Written by Emma McMillan — January 26, 2013

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