Ea­gles ea­ger to shake off losses - Ju­kic

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ZARKO Ju­kic has called on the New­cas­tle Ea­gles to use their re­cent de­feats as mo­ti­va­tion against the Sur­rey Scorchers tonight, writes JEFF KING.

The Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional showed his prow­ess at both ends in last week’s loss to the Glas­gow Rocks, con­tribut­ing a fine dou­ble-dou­ble of 15 points and 10 re­bounds.

But Ju­kic (pic­tured), who has im­pressed in his first BBL sea­son, would have hap­pily swapped his in­di­vid­ual stat line for a col­lec­tive win as the Ea­gles slipped a sec­ond de­feat in a row.

New­cas­tle host Sur­rey in a cru­cial BBL Tro­phy first-round clash tonight at Sport Cen­tral (tipoff at 7.30).

Af­ter two losses now on the bounce, the Ea­gles need to come back strongly – or the chance for an­other piece of sil­ver­ware will slip through their grasp.

Ju­kic said: “When­ever you come off a loss you have a lit­tle ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion and we have done well in prac­tice this week.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the game tonight. We have to get this win back.

“We know Sur­rey are a bit bet­ter as a team since last month when we beat them in the league at home but we know we can beat them.

“We have to go out there and fol­low our game­plan and play as well as we can and we should win.”

Ju­kic is look­ing for­ward to play­ing at Sport Cen­tral again af­ter a busy cou­ple of weeks.

The BBL rookie jet­ted out to Ar­me­nia to play for Den­mark be­fore com­ing back just in time for the ill-fated trip to Glas­gow.

“Our fans are great and it’s al­ways great to play in front of these fans and we have to get that win,” he said. “I think ev­ery­one is fo­cused and ev­ery­one is ready for this game that’s for sure.”

Re­flect­ing on last week’s loss to their Scot­tish ri­vals – New­cas­tle’s first to Glas­gow in 22 games – Ju­kic ad­mit­ted there is plenty to be im­proved upon against Sur­rey.

He said: “It was a tough loss at Glas­gow, but you have to give them credit, I thought they played well.

“We did not stick too much to our game plan. We al­lowed them too many easy bas­kets and we al­lowed them to play their way and I thought we could have done more, es­pe­cially de­fen­sively.”

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