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THE Newcastle Eagles' School of Excellence had one of their best weekends in the English Basketball National League - with all of their teams recording victories.

It began with the centre's under- 16s team overcoming Tees Valley Mohawks 132-35.

Host Newcastle jumped out to an early 41-8 lead and never looked back.

In the second quarter, they racked up more points - going up 78-14 and then cruising home.

The Eagles under-15 team followed in the footsteps of its older counterparts by recording its fourth victory of the season.

The team took on neighbours North Shields and took an early 28-6 advantage.

The team maintained their momentum in the second quarter, but it was in the third when the Eagles outscored their opponents 39-12 and then topped the century mark for points.

The under-18s remained undefeated in their league when they recorded a 82-61 victory over Durham Wildcats.

Newcastle went 15-9 up in the first period. At the half, the visitors remained in front, but were only up by 13 going into the final quarter.

The Eagles outscored the Wildcats 29-11 in the final quarter to stay top of the table.

The Eagles' under-14 side went to Barnsley for a triangular tournament and earned a 69-11 win over East Riding Harriers.

Newcastle managed to hold their opponents scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The team did not have a long break before going back on court for their second game of the day, picking up where they left off by outscoring Barnsley 18-2 in the first quarter to clinch a 28-15 victory.

LADIES side Team Northumbria suffered a second defeat to Sheffield Hatters in as many weeks.

A fortnight ago, Deirdre Hayes' side lost 97-60 to the South Yorkshire side in the National Women's League.

They had hoped to do better when they resumed hostilities in the last eight of the National Cup - but instead suffered a 99-77 loss.

Northumbria were in front 23-22 at the end of the first quarter, and at the half were still in touching distance despite trailing 52-48.

Sheffield then went into overdrive, outscoring Northumbria 30-10 over the next eight minutes and going into the final quarter in control at 82-61.

Hayes said: "Stephanie Gandy and Sarah Naylor tore us apart, scoring 66 points between them.

"We only played three-quarters of a game. We were awful in the third quarter after playing a great first half.

"We were back on track for the final quarter, but we need to play a full 40 minutes in games."

Team Northumbria: E Ross, K Melville, R Davison eight pts, L Hall 28pts, Z Vickers 7pts, S Wrice 22pts, A Scott, S Bennett 6pts, L Calder 6 pts.


TOP SCORE: Loui Hall hit 28
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2008
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