Eagles look for 1st win

After two tough road defeats, the Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles finally get the chance to parade their new-look team in front of their home fans in this afternoon's BBL clash against Plymouth (5.30pm tip-off).

After two tough road defeats, the Springfield Honda Newcastle Eagles finally get the chance to parade their new-look team in front of their home fans in this afternoon's BBL clash against Plymouth (5.30pm tip-off).

The Eagles are desperate to register their first win of the campaign and kick-start their defence of the BBL Championship they won in great style last season.

But standing in their way is a side who have won on their last two outings against Newcastle.

Much of the focus today will be on the Eagles' latest recruit, the returning Jeremy Hyatt, whose well-publicised misdemeanours last term seemed to have ruled out a return to Tyneside for this year.

But life is never static and following the losses at Sheffield and Milton Keynes, coach Fab Flournoy has turned to former NC State player Hyatt to bolster his squad.

The 6'6" player returns to Eagles colours for a sixth season this afternoon provided his travel arrangements are not hindered.

Also paraded on his home floor for the first time in front of the Eagles faithful will be Clemson University graduate Shawan Robinson, who comes to Newcastle with a big reputation, having played his US college ball in the much-vaunted Atlantic Coast Conference.

Robinson has played in both Eagles defeats so far, impressing at Sheffield having only just arrived in the country the same day, but struggling the following week against Milton Keynes in a game where the whole team played poorly.

However, his shooting ability, quickness around the court and determined defence should see him perform to a standard that will excite the Eagles fans.

Meanwhile, coach Flournoy is refusing to panic following his team's slow start.

He admits: "We have a lot of work to do and that's pretty obvious. If we don't do the fundamentals well and play defence then we are letting ourselves down and inviting trouble.

"But what I think is important is that we don't panic. We still have guys getting used to our system and that will take a little time but we will work hard to put things right."

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