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  2. Result: Leicester Riders 86-76 Newcastle Eagles
  3. Riders started second in league (16-4) with the Eagles in third (15-7)
  4. Newcastle had won both meetings (including a Cup quarter-final) at the Morningside Arena this season
  5. Coverage produced by British Basketball League for BBC Sport

Live Reporting

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  1. Preview: Leicester Riders v Newcastle Eagles

    Tip-off: 19:30 GMT

    Reigning BBL champions Leicester Riders welcome the Newcastle Eagles to the Morningside Arena in what could be a season-defining game for both teams in the race for the Championship title.

    Victory for second-placed Leicester could help push them closer to leaders London Lions, who have a played game in hand on the Riders. Newcastle sit just behind tonight's opponents in third, but have played two games more than their hosts. Defeat would almost certainly end their chances of winning the Championship.

    Both sides have won away from home against each other in the league ahead of Friday's meeting, but Newcastle also secured a narrow 90-84 victory in the BBL Cup quarter-finals.

    Newcastle and Leicester are two of the most successful sides in the BBL's recent history. Leicester have won the last three league titles, edging Newcastle into second in both 2016 and 2017.

    Between 2011 and 2018, the two sides won a combined 23 titles with Leicester winning 12 of those and Newcastle completing clean sweeps in 2012 and 2015.

    Newcastle Eagles' Rahmon Fletcher
    Image caption: Newcastle Eagles' Rahmon Fletcher
  2. How can I watch Leicester Riders v Newcastle Eagles?

    You can watch Leicester Riders v Newcastle Eagles in the BBL live on the BBC Sport website, app, connected TV and iPlayer on Friday, 15 March from 19:25-21:30 GMT.

    The game will also be available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

  3. Get Inspired: How to get into basketball

    Get Inspired

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    What is basketball?

    • A game where two teams compete to score the most points by throwing a ball into their opponents net.
    • Players can move freely around the court, except for the player with the ball who can only move when bouncing or 'dribbling' the ball.
    • All you need to get started is a ball and a hoop and you don't need any special kit - just comfortable clothes and trainers.

    Is basketball for me?

    Basketball can be played by people of any age, size or ability and with thousands of outdoor courts across the country - where you can play for free - there's plenty of places to practice if you don't fancy competing with a team.

    How do I start playing basketball?

    Find your local club by visiting England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland Basketball Association websites.

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