Basketball: Blalock flies in to give Eagles a lift

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The Independent Online
The merry-go-round of Americans flying in and out of Budweiser League clubs takes another turn tomorrow when Ralph Blalock goes straight from airport to basketball court, to make his debut for Newcastle Eagles against Manchester Giants in the 7-Up Trophy.

Eagles, part of Sir John Hall's stable of sports clubs at Newcastle, have nosedived after winning the first four games of the season. Saturday's 102-70 National Cup win over First Division Ware Rebels ended a three- game losing streak.

Blalock, a 6ft 3in 22-year-old posted impressive statistics at Towson State University and led the team in scoring and three-pointers in his final year.

Blalock's arrival means Newcastle have released another American, Anthony Joseph, who has been snapped up by Crystal Palace, who tried to sign him at the start of the season.