JHP_5310The Giants came up against the toughest of opponents at the Sportsdome tonight.

The visiting Newcastle came out on top, despite a solid start from Yorick Williams’ men.

The Eagles made a fast start with the opening six points, but Ingus Bankevics (pictured) netted twice from deep to put his side 8-6 ahead early on. The lead was exchanged a few more times in a high-scoring quarter with Williams cutting the gap to one with a three-pointer before the buzzer.

Newcastle began to pull away at the start of the second with a 13-2 run before a further 13-1 burst later in the quarter took the lead beyond 20 points. Chapman scored nine in the period as the Eagles racked up 60 in the first half.

The Giants continued to battle in the third quarter and managed to cut the gap with a 7-0 run, but the visitors closed the period with a 13-3 run to lead by 28 heading into the final quarter.

There was no let up in the fourth from the league leaders and the Thomson brothers scored their team_