Surrey United may have put in their best performance to date this season in the BBL Championship with an 18-point defeat to Sheffield Sharks, but it will be a completely different story as they travel up to Sport Central to take on the Newcastle Eagles.
The North East franchise lost both of their fixtures last weekend; a narrow defeat in the BBL Cup first-leg semi-final against the Sharks, and then another away loss to Championship strugglers Cheshire Phoenix, who now looked to have turned a corner after the revolving door roster of late.
Fab Flournoy, player-coach of the Eagles, spoke with The Evening Chronicle this week after the two defeats and feels that the visit of Surrey is not a done and dusted affair.
“Surrey held Sheffield to a two-point final quarter so they are improving significantly,” Flournoy said.
“It is not a given game at all and we have Durham waiting for us on Sunday,” the player-coach went on to say. “They smell blood in the water.”
The question remains whether Surrey will even catch a scent of that smell, as it must be noted that Sheffield Sharks rotated their side at will last Sunday, as Jack Majewski’s Surrey maintained a core setup throughout.