Crestfallen BBL Trophy losers Newcastle Eagles showed resilience as they returned to winning ways with a thumping 113-96 win over London United last night.
The loss of veteran playmaker TJ Walker during the week had rubbed salt into the gaping wounds of last Sunday`s hideously ugly performance whilst former coach Tony Garbelotto was back on Tyneside looking to pile on the agony with a surprise United win.
It was a mission he never looked like accomplishing with his woefully weak side brushed aside in comprehensive fashion by a rejuvenated Eagles side that led from tip to buzzer.
Shawan Robinson, Tony Dorsey and Jeremy Hyatt all stood out in a strong team performance, with the latter restored to the starting line-up and setting the tone for the win with 15 first-half points.
Dorsey, meanwhile, continued his rich vein of form with an impressive line of 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, while Robinson top-scored with 23 points and was relieved to find some fluency again.
"Everybody handled the ball well and picked up the slack from TJ," said Robinson. "It is a big blow for us with him not being here any more, but I thought everybody did a good job and we definitely need to continue playing freely.
"The final was disappointing and it has been a tough week. From a personal perspective I know that I made a couple of mistakes, but whilst we lost, I know I can look at myself in the mirror and say that I gave it my best shot.
"We learned a lot from it. It was a great experience and, as those type of games don't come along too often, it has made us more determined to get to another final."
Dominating against a weak United team is one thing. Whether they can continue to pick up victories without Walker elsewhere, and against better opponents, is quite another proposition altogether.
The Springfield Honda-backed club travel to Chester tomorrow to face a Jets side who will be buoyed by a stunning 99-75 win in Milton Keynes last night and Robinson is expecting a tough game.
"All season long we have played two games most weekends and we know it is only half-time in that respect," he said.
"Chester will be ready for us and it will be difficult. However, if we play good defence, take care of the ball and move it around to get some open shots, we can hopefully make it a good weekend all round."
Newcastle: Robinson 23, Hyatt 22, McCotter 12, Defoe 12.
London: Johnson 22, Williams 17, Feggins 13, Capers 13.