Eagles hold up Sharks party

Tony `Dynamite' Dorsey insists he is determined to ensure Newcastle Eagles are the last team standing come the play-offs after their majestic 94-89 win over Sheffield Sharks last night.

Tony `Dynamite' Dorsey insists he is determined to ensure Newcastle Eagles are the last team standing come the play-offs after their majestic 94-89 win over Sheffield Sharks last night.

The forward produced another explosive display to leave Sheffield's title hopes hanging by a thread and hand the initiative back to Guildford Heat who the Eagles also put to the sword recently.

A boisterous crowd at the Newcastle Arena enjoyed another classic encounter with Dorsey quick to praise the part the supporters played in the win.

"The fans were great in their support for the guys and hopefully we repaid them with another good game for them to watch."

"After losing to Plymouth in the Trophy Final in front of our own supporters we just couldn't let that happen again." explained Dorsey

"We felt there was no way we could let Sheffield put one hand on our league title on our home court - that was a big motivation for us."

"If another team is going to want to celebrate winning a trophy, then our attitude was that is fine as long as they go and do it somewhere else."

He added: "The fact was that we are locked in third place and Sheffield had a title on the line but we still came through which shows we have more character than some people give us credit."

"Nobody was nervous on our team and I don't think nerves got to the Sheffield players either. Both teams went for it and played hard but we just edged it."

Beating the two top sides at such a crucial stage of the season might leave Eagles players and supporters ruing what might have been, particularly with a new name due to be engraved on the league trophy tomorrow night.

However Dorsey, who is in scintillating form, is refusing to look back and focusing only on one thing - a trophy.

"This win was huge for us because we need all the momentum that we can get going into the play-offs.

"It's true that I am feeling great but believe me, if we are playing that last game of the season in the play-off finals and come out with a win and some silverware, then it is a perfect ending for me and how I intend it to turn out."

The game hung in the balance for the most part, although the Eagles always had their noses in front after the first quarter.

Dorsey wasn't the only star with Jeremy Hyatt's outside shooting, Andrew Bridge's tenacious defence, Olu Babalola's power and Fab Flournoy's seven assists all pivotal.

The Sharks had led 26-23 after the first quarter but by half time the Eagles held a slender advantage at 51-48.

However, it was the third quarter when the home side made their run establishing a double-figure lead at 62-52.

Sheffield came back in the closing stages as the Eagles closed out the game from the free-throw line to seal the win ahead of their final game of the regular season in Plymouth tomorrow.

NEWCASTLE: Dorsey 27, Hyatt 22, Bridge 13, Babalola 13.

SHEFFIELD: Bonds 24, Cage 18, Shelton 15.

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