Plymouth Raiders produced a landmark victory on Sunday afternoon as they defeated high-
flying Newcastle Eagles 89-73 at Pavilions.
The Raiders came into this game on the back of a win against Leeds Force last weekend, but
would’ve known they were in for a difficult game against a Newcastle team that were yet to
lose in the league this season.
Newcastle themselves travelled to Plymouth on Sunday after an 86-57 win against Bristol
Flyers on Saturday night.
And it was the Eagles that made the early headway in this game.
The visitors point guard Saah Nimley put together some early points for his team as they
looked to build a head of steam, with Newcastle going into an early five-point lead.
But, Raiders battled back with Kinu Rochford, who was so impressive against Leeds Force
and made his presence known on the court once again by producing a steady flow of two-
point shots for his side.
The hosts continued to take the game to Newcastle, and with defensive solidity added by
Dylan Costelloe, partnered with effective offensive work by players around him, Plymouth
were able to put themselves into a two-point lead at half time.
Coach Gavin Love would’ve known the importance of his side remaining concentrated and
disciplined against a side as strong as Newcastle, and he will have been overjoyed when his
team picked up where they left off in the first half, producing a three-point shot with their
first possession of the third quarter.
The game plan worked perfectly as far as Plymouth would’ve been concerned, the hosts
continued to frustrate their opposition and wouldn’t let them get into any sort of rhythm.
Newcastle’s biggest scoring run of the game was just six, showing that the Raiders were
intent on sticking to their game plan.
Plymouth continued to shoot well and built up a nine-point lead by the end of the third
Newcastle never really looked like getting back into the game, and as Plymouth went
further and further into the lead, the away fans would’ve lost all hope they were going to
pick up their tenth win of the season.
The hosts went into a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, and remained disciplined up until
the final whistle, eventually running out 89-73 winners for Newcastle’s first league loss this
Coach Gavin Love gave his thoughts after the game.
“I thought we played very well,” he said.
“We managed to put together a more consistent defensive effort.
“We need to put together longer periods of playing well and I think we did that tonight.”
The Raiders coach also had a special mention for debutant Jawad Adekoya.
“Jawad was superb,” he said.
“He was the guy we’ve been needing who can get to the basket a little bit more and play
good defence, and he did an amazing job at the defensive end this evening.”
The fixtures come thick and fast for Plymouth Raiders now, as they head to Worcester
Wolves on Friday night, before they return to Pavilions again next Sunday to do battle
against the Surrey Scorchers.
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