Huffman steers Eagles to victory

Newcastle Eagles drew level with BBL Championship pacesetters Leicester Riders after claiming an 89-80 victory over title rivals Surrey Heat.

Damon Huffman led Newcastle with a game-high 26 points and he was ably supported by Darius Defoe, who finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Eagles joined Leicester on 24 points, although now having played a game more.

Third-placed Surrey are four points further back after suffering only their third loss of the season.

Sheffield Sharks and Manchester Giants, meanwhile, were both celebrating their fifth wins of the campaign after seeing off Glasgow Rocks 83-74 and Cheshire Phoenix 85-83, respectively.