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Hot Rod: Rivals won't be shut down explosive Eagles attack; GLASGOW JR DELIGHTED TO GET BACK ON COURT AFTER PASSPORT HELL.

Byline: Jeff King

GUARD Rodney Glasgow Jr believes BBL coaches are going to have nightmares to trying to figure out how to stop the Newcastle Eagles' high-powered offence.

After a stunning 108-97 win over reigning BBL champions London Lions on Friday, the Eagles travel to face Cheshire Phoenix today in the first leg of their BBL Trophy semifinal.

Ian Macleod's side put in perhaps their best all-round performance of the season on Friday, with Glasgow Jr's presence making a big difference.

The summer signing has had to sit out most of the season so far due to administrative issues but scored 12 points and contributed six assists on his return to the team on Friday.

Paired with two-time BBL MVP and starting point guard Rahmon Fletcher, the Eagles have a fearsome combination in the backcourt.

We've got weapons as an coach you what to do the way Rodney And with forwards such as CJ Gettys, Mike Morsell, Darius Defoe and Will Saunders, Newcastle now have a set of options that can cause any defence major problems.

Glasgow Jr was pleased with how his return to action went and believes the club's BBL rivals will struggle to stop the revitalised attack.

"The plan at the start of the season was for me and Fletch to be a onetwo combo," the 27-year-old guard said.

"He'd bring it up then I'd bring it up and we'd play off each other.

"What that does is free CJ and Mike up tremendously."

"It means that teams can't double up on me, they can't double Fletch or Mike or CJ so we've got four or five weapons that means as an opposition coach you don't know what to do because of the way we play and the number of possessions we have where we can score."

The Eagles have already beat the Phoenix twice this season in the BBL Cup but lost when the sides last met in the league last month.

four or five that means opposition don't know because of we play Glasgow Jr Already out of the BBL Cup, the BBL Trophy offers Newcastle a golden opportunity to win their first silverware since January 2017.

But Glasgow Jr knows that the Phoenix will not make it easy for the Eagles in the North West today.

"You can't underestimate Cheshire as they're a well good team," he said.

"They're hard to beat and have some real tough players especially at home where they can make a lot of tough shots.

"We've got get prepared, lock-in and look to take care of business."

After months stuck on the sidelines watching his team-mates soldier on without him, Glasgow Jr is delighted to be back on the court, creating chaos.

There were many highlights on Friday as Gettys once again dominated, Morsell put in a mature display and the ever talismanic Fletcher pulling the strings to drive his team forward.

The Eagles handed the Lions just their second league loss of the season and kept themselves in the wide-open BBL Championship title race.

But Glasgow Jr was as pleased by the nature of the performance as he was the result.

He said of Friday's win: "It feels great. We just wanted to come in and set a tone. We knew it was a big game that's why it was a sell-out to see it.

"They're a pretty good team, well coached, very physical. I knew going in we matched their physicality we were going to win the game."

He added: "We just had to lock in as defensively is our identity and that's where we hang our hat on.

"We got about four or five stops in a row and that leads us into our transition offence and we know no team wants to go against us in transition."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Jeff King
Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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