Basketball: Bridge still has Eagles respect

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SHEFFIELD Sharks forward Andrew Bridge says Newcastle Eagles recent struggles should be taken in context.

The Eagles, who visit the EIS tomorrow (5pm) and again on Tuesday, have swept all before them in recent seasons with Bridge himself picking up 18 winners medals during his time with the club.

However, they look like relinquishing their league title to Leicester Riders and lost in the BBL Cup final against the Riders in January.

Bridge, in his first season back at the Sharks after beginning his career in Sheffield before his move north to Newcastle, said the Eagles are still a formidable club.

He said: “I don’t read too much into what’s gone on, and a few people have jumped on the bandwagon unnecessarily.

“At some point it was going to happen. They’ve had ten years of success and some of the reactions have been ridiculous. I know a lot of the guys on the teams and how they’ll think and react.

“It’s a massive thing for a lot of people in Newcastle and I know what they’ll do to put things right.”

Sharks travel to Plymouth Raiders tonight hoping to make it six league wins in a row.

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