BBL Cup Semi-Final

London Lions v Newcastle Eagles

Details: Friday 7th December, 7:30pm, Sport Central, Newcastle.

BBL Trophy Semi-Final 1st Leg.

Sunday 9th December, 4:00pm, Copper Box Arena, London.

BBL Trophy Semi-Final 2nd Leg.

Last meeting: Lions 96-78 Eagles (Championship, November 2018)

Summary: The Lions and Eagles will do battle twice over three days for the right to appear in the BBL Cup Final at the Birmingham Arena. The Lions are flying high in the League as they attempt to go one better than last season whilst the Eagles flew out of the blocks but have struggled in the last month in particular losing twice in the capital.

Newcastle Eagles; The Eagles won early games to start off the Championship with Coach Fab Flournoy winning the Kevin Cadle Coach of the Month award for October. Under Coach Flournoy’s guidance they have become the most successful franchise in the history of the League.

In the last couple of season’s the dominance has been eroded by the Leicester Riders and last season, finishing without a Trophy was a step back. Management have tried to address some issues and Victor Moses and the return of Rahmon Fletcher indicates they want to return to the top of the League.

Head Coach; Coach Flournoy, still in the player-coach role has insisted that this season the team will return to basics, tough defence, run off turnovers, and score as early as possible.

Last Time Out; The last time the two teams met was in the Championship last month, the first meeting of the season between the two sides. The game was close and still tight going into the mid third quarter before the Lions exploded and roared to a huge home victory.

One To Watch; Point guard Rahmon Fletcher is the heart of this Eagles team, his return has seen a lot more order in execution for the Geordies. Victor Moses who has had huge scoring games has benefitted the most from Fletchers ability to deliver the ball where it is most needed.

What They Say: Andrew Lasker feels that the loss down in London will not have a significant impact on the Cup Semi-Final especially as it’s over two-legs.

“This is a different game, a different competition and a different type of pressure so it doesn’t really have any reflection at all. It did give us something to look at against this team and study which hopefully plays in to our hands.”

“We’ve seen the areas where we were weak and I feel like after making some adjustments that I feel really good about us going in to this weekend and I think we’re ready.”

Did You Know; Coach Flournoy is 45 years old, came to the BBL in 1996 with the then Birmingham Bullets and has been an Eagle for 16 years.

Season record: Lions 1-0 Eagles all comps

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