Defeat gives Robinson quite a start

Eagles ace Shawan Robinson has admitted to having been left shell-shocked after making his debut during last Friday's debacle in Sheffield.

Eagles ace Shawan Robinson has admitted to having been left shell-shocked after making his debut during last Friday's debacle in Sheffield.

It certainly proved to be a BBL baptism of fire for the Clemson graduate and, having only stepped off a plane in Manchester just a few hours earlier, the controversial 85-83 defeat proved to be quite an eye-opener.

He said: "I did enjoy it but it was maybe just a little crazy at the end. I don't think anybody knew what was happening.

"I was pleased to have played with the guys. It was pretty tiring coming off the flight and playing but I think that we should have won the game.

"It was great playing with such an experienced and quality guy like TJ Walker.

"Even though I had no real time to practise or even speak with the guys, he kept me right when I was on the court, making it much easier for me."

Robinson came on during the second quarter of the game and made an instant impression with some impressive defensive work, nice moves to the basket and draining a three-pointer just before the half-time break.

Even in the brief glimpses that the travelling Eagles fans saw, it quickly became apparent that the Springfield Honda-backed club might have just picked up a real diamond in Robinson.

Indeed, several of the Sheffield contingent also pointed this out after the game - something that was overshadowed by the refereeing clangers which caused so much fury among the Newcastle players.

So much anger in fact that many of them were still sat unchanged for quite some time after the game had ended trying to make sense of the frankly embarrassing display by the match officials.

Meanwhile, despite the controversy and rave reviews, Robinson is happy to keep his feet on the ground and quietly get on with establishing himself in the side.

He said: "I am hoping to progress and improve here in Newcastle and I know this will happen as it is a good place to be as the team is talented.

"It helps me that I know Olu (Babalola) from Clemson where we played together and I am just looking to work hard with the guys every day and hopefully we can continue to be successful."

Robinson was not the only debutant to impress in the curtain raiser with young-guns Tom Sherlock and Brian McCotter both making contributions, although Derby-born forward Sherlock made the biggest impression with six points in a mature and fearless display.

The Eagles players are now looking to re-group and re-focus in the wake of that bitter disappointment of the Sheffield loss and know they will have to be on their mettle to avoid back-to-back defeats when they face former coach Tom Hancock and his veteran Milton Keynes Lions side on Friday.

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