Newcastle sent out an early message to their title rivals with a comprehensive 86-67 victory at EIS Sheffield.
Joe Chapman scored a game-high 30 points as the Eagles proved too strong, leading pretty much from start to finish with the Sharks having now answer to their consistency.
Justin Dobbins continued his fine form for the home side, but his 18 points were scored in vain.
Paul Gause contributed 20 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors, who landed 14 three-pointers, compared to just one from their opponents.
Despite pre-game injury doubts, Andrew Bridge managed 36 minutes. although somewhat ominously, they recorded the win without new signing Joel Madourie and fellow forward Charles Smith.