Sharks aim for Eagles repeat

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Newcastle Eagles and One Health Sharks Sheffield meet for the second time in a week tomorrow evening as the BBL Championship season continues to gain momentum.

A dominant performance last Friday saw Eagles run out 86-67 winners at the EIS. Eagles captain and former Sharks star Andrew Bridge said he is looking for a repeat when the sides clash again this week:

“We shot the three really well, I think we hit 14 of 31 and we only turned it over six times,” he said. “That was a big improvement as we’d turned it over 25 and 22 in the last two games, and we stopped them in transition by limiting that, and that took away one of their strengths.”

The win was achieved without Charles Smith, and Bridge was pleased with how the short-handed Eagles’ roster reacted: “Obviously Charles didn’t play, so the six guys did what they had to do. In some sense there’s a bit less pressure as you know you’ll play, and you have your chance without worrying about being subbed out. But we’ve been told he’ll play on Friday, and it will be good to have the extra body.”

Despite that big win, Bridge doesn’t expect an easy game tomorrow: “Rarely do you beat a team by 20 points in successive weeks and I’m sure they’ll play a lot better.”