Eagles aim to turn down Heat

It was an early start this morning for Fab Flournoy's men as they make the long trek south to take on the red hot Guilford Heat in this afternoon's BBL clash.

It was an early start this morning for Fab Flournoy's men as they make the long trek south to take on the red hot Guilford Heat in this afternoon's BBL clash.

It is also an early chance for the Springfield Honda backed Eagles to bounce back from Fridays thrilling, but ultimately disappointing, overtime loss to the Scottish Rocks at the Metro Radio Arena.

Whilst most fans at that game would have enjoyed the way the Eagles came back strongly in the second half to almost snatch a win, Flournoy was a very upset and angry coach as his side eventually conceded the league points to one of their closest and fiercest rivals.

Flournoy's read the riot act to his players at the end of Friday's game and whilst accepting some of the blame himself he has left the whole team in no doubt that he expects better this afternoon.

It certainly won't be easy as Guilford, who are among many pundits' tips for honours this season, have started well and boast a 100 per cent record in all competitions.

Last season Newcastle swept The Heat and they need to continue that trend to re-enforce themselves amongst British basketballs elite teams this season.

A defeat today would mean a 1-4 start to the campaign that no one envisaged and would spark questions within the Eagles camp.

There's no doubting it's a tough game for the travelling eagles, but with the return of Jeremy Hyatt to the colours and the scoring power off TJ Walker and Shawan Robinson, the Eagles clearly have some fire power of their own.

What they need is for all the bench and in particular the likes of England international's Andrew Bridge and Olu Babalola to step up as they strive to secure a second win of the season.

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