Smith guides Eagles to victory
Newcastle Eagles closed the gap on BBL Championship leaders Leicester Riders with a 96-92 over neighbours Durham Wildcats.
Charles Smith led the way with a game-high 27 points to move his side to within six points of the Riders, although Leicester still remain firm favourites to claim their first regular season title.
The Sharks Sheffield grabbed a crucial win over Worcester Wolves 78-73 while the Surrey Heat easily beat the Cheshire Phoenix 108-84.
The Mersey Tigers are still waiting their first win, after 28 games, as they lost 93-79 to the Plymouth Raiders.