Basketball: Flournoy dreaming of silverware

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Last week it was a bronze medal with England at the Commonwealth Games but

Newcastle Eagles' player-coach Fab Flournoy will be thinking of silverware if his BBL leaders beat second-placed Scottish Rocks on Tyneside tonight.

Thursday night's 99-75 hammering of third-placed Sheffield Sharks opened a two-point lead over the Rocks and, with five games of the regular season to play, the Eagles could be uncatchable if they win.

Rocks coach Steve Swanson is shifting the pressure of expectation on to Flournoy, who has already scooped the BBL Cup and Trophy titles this season.

Swanson said: "The Eagles are very much the team who have an expectation to cope with. They are expected by many people to win everything."

The Sharks recovered last night to consolidate third place with a 104-92 win at Brighton Bears, where Sterling Davis hit 35 points. Sharks closed the second quarter 22-6 for a decisive 56-40 half-time lead.

Milton Keynes Lions beat Birmingham Bullets 83-81, to move ninth, three points behind the Bears who are in the final slot for the play-off quarter-finals.