Dynamite blows up the Rocks

Veteran Tony Dorsey rolled back the years with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in an 80-74 success away to Scottish Rocks last night.

Veteran Tony Dorsey rolled back the years with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in an 80-74 success away to Scottish Rocks last night.

The man nicknamed "Dynamite" exploded to life in the second half to fire up the Eagles as they completed an eighth win in a row.

That was enough to give them a share of second spot after Sheffield Sharks crashed to an embarrassing reverse at bottom club Worcester.

Once again the Springfield Honda-backed club did the business without Jeremy Hyatt in a superb team effort despite a shaky and lacklustre first half against a Rocks side that had not lost in nine games at Braehead Arena.

While Dorsey provided the spark, it was yet another incredible performance by Fab Flournoy that truly made the difference. The player-coach was immense for his team and missed only one shot from the field and once from the free-throw line in picking up a game-high 24 points.

Dorsey meanwhile, a bona-fide BBL legend, admitted he was finally beginning to find himself a role in the Eagles side.

"We are pleased to keep our run going and I am pleased to have been able to contribute as I've done everything possible to get used to the system we play," he said.

"It is always really difficult coming to a new club and things were bad in December at times, not just for me but the team in general.

"I needed a little time, and now things have turned around and it is important for me to keep things going.

"I feel good, but it is about the team performance and I know that we are all focusing on working really hard and taking each game at a time.

"That is what you have to do to keep a winning streak going and we certainly won't be looking too far ahead."

The Eagles looked impressive in the early exchanges, establishing a 15-11 advantage with Tom Sherlock again looking the most energetic and effective player on the court, although the home side came storming back with a 12-1 run, despite missing England international Julius Joseph.

The run incensed Fab Flournoy, and while his team responded, they then became sloppy again and handed the initiative back to the home team who led 43-35 at the break.

Whatever Flournoy said in the locker room certainly worked as the Eagles stormed out after half-time and crushed the Rocks with a sensational 30-15 quarter. Dorsey came alive with 12 points in six minutes to hand the visitors a 58-65 lead going into the final period.

Flournoy will be delighted that all his players worked incredibly hard in the closing stages to secure the points, although this latest win was marred by a knee injury sustained by Andrew Bridge, who is expected to undergo a scan to assess the extent of the injury.

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