Sharks Basketball chairman Steve Shore has used his Twitter account to praise Newcastle Eagles, following their match on Friday.
The Eagles put down an early marker for the rest of the BBL season with a 86-67 victory at EIS Sheffield.
Shore tweeted: “Well played Eagles. Well coached, well prepared, disciplined and comitted.
“You are the team to beat this term.”
Earlier, Shore also promised improvements to fans. He said: “Coaches, players and board know that last night’s performance was unacceptable. It will improve.”