Defoe in majestic form

Darius defoe hit a career-high 31 points as Newcastle Eagles crushed the City of Edinburgh Kings 109-57 to set up what will effectively be a BBL Trophy quarter-final with Scottish Rocks on Friday.

Darius defoe hit a career-high 31 points as Newcastle Eagles crushed the City of Edinburgh Kings 109-57 to set up what will effectively be a BBL Trophy quarter-final with Scottish Rocks on Friday.

The gap in class between the Eagles and City Kings was vast despite the absence of TJ Walker and Jeremy Hyatt due to injury, further questioning the wisdom of the BBL in having the minnows in the competition at all. Not that this worried the all-dunking Defoe, who is continuing to show himself as a real talent for the Springfield Honda-backed club.

The forward was certainly thrilled to pass a landmark.

He said: "It is exciting to set a new level and get 31 points.

"However, it was more about getting a win as a team and not picking up any more injuries, which is what we achieved."

"Having won against Edinburgh we now have to look at what are must-win games on Friday and Sunday against the Scottish Rocks.

"Two of our trophies are on the line and we are all determined to make sure we do not give either of them up, especially at this relatively early stage of the season."

Having taken an early 7-2 lead, the Eagles were quickly on the wrong end of a 7-0 run as the City Kings tied the game up at 13-13 midway through the opening period, causing Fab Flournoy to call a time-out.

The Eagles players responded positively to a verbal volley from their player-coach with a 6-0 run to take a 33-19 lead into the second quarter.

By the time they racked up a 20 point advantage for the first time at 42-22, all Newcastle players were on the scoresheet, Tom Sherlock coming off the bench to collect eight quick points.

A 15-2 Eagles run killed the game as a meaningful contest at 77-39 and the final quarter was in truth a non-event.

SCORERS - Newcastle: Defoe 31, Babalola 18, Robinson 18. Edinburgh: Jeffries 22, Lockhart 12, Costello 12

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