Midgley predicts Eagles triumph

FABULOUS Flournoy’s Newcastle lock horns with border rivals Scottish Rocks tomorrow night in a dress rehearsal for next month’s cup semi-final clash – and Great Britain star Richard Midgley is confident of winning both.

FABULOUS Flournoy’s Newcastle lock horns with border rivals Scottish Rocks tomorrow night in a dress rehearsal for next month’s cup semi-final clash – and Great Britain star Richard Midgley is confident of winning both.

The Eagles were pitted against old-foes Rocks in the last four of the BBL Cup following a draw earlier this week.

Midgley, arguably the BBL’s finest new asset, is positive a win at the Braehead Arena tomorrow will be just another step on the road to emulating the Tynesiders’ domestic clean sweep campaign of 18 months ago.

“I have no doubt that we will win – we feel we are the best team in Britain at the moment,” said the 24-year-old.

“We have huge strength in this squad. There are three or four players who can pop-up and score 20 points and carry us to a win.

“The game against the Rocks will be a hard one, but we are sure we can handle it. But it won’t have much of a bearing on next month’s cup game.

“I think that it could give us a confidence boost, but that game will be completely different.”

Last Sunday’s win over former Tyneside favourite TJ Walker’s travelling Cheshire side extended the Eagle’s unbeaten run to a perfect 10.

And they will be looking to maintain that sequence as they re-ignite the bitterest BBL rivalry.

It was in last month’s fixture that the Eagles threw down the gauntlet after shading a narrow double overtime clash.

And there will be no one who looks back on that game with more pride than the California-graduate after he scooped seven points in the dying minutes to help clinch a final score of 110-117.

“Other than Guildford, the Rocks have been the toughest team that we have played so far,” added Midgley.

“I’m surprised that they aren’t doing better than they are. Some of their results have shocked me because they are definitely the best team we have played.”

While the Eagles blaze a trail through British basketball and sit at the summit of the BBL, Davis’ Rocks are in sixth place and have already lost six games this year.

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