Newcastle Eagles guard Drew Lasker believes the side suffered the loss to Worcester Wolves because their opponents were the better team.

The Point Loma graduate also thinks the team got it wrong on the defensive side of the ball in their defeat in front of the BBC Sport cameras at Sport Central on Friday night.

“I think from the beginning of the game we never set the tempo defensively and I think that kind of led our game,” Lasker said.

“Once we dried up offensively, they kept going and as a professional, when guys are hot, it’s hard to stop.”

He continued: “Hats off to Worcester, they had more energy tonight. They were more physical than us, which is unusual because usually with a more energetic team, we’re the more physical team.

“That came back to bite us tonight. We learned tonight that we can’t just rely on our talent.”

The Eagles were coming into the game having claimed their third-successive BBL Cup the previous Sunday – beating the Glasgow Rocks in Birmingham.

And although Lasker said the side enjoyed their victory that night, he said that they will look back on the victory more at the end of the season.

He added: “It was awesome. It’s just a tough situation because you don’t really get a chance to enjoy, so it is one of those things that we’ll look back on at the end of the season and reflect.

“During the season it is just so difficult, because things moved on so quickly. We enjoyed it that night, then rested up the next day and went to training the following day.”

Fab Flournoy’s team have seven days to recover from their defeat to Worcester as they are on the road next Friday against Leeds Force.

“Leeds are just one of those teams that are going to play hard for 40 minutes,” Lasker said. “I think tonight was a good game to prepare for that.

“They are going to be physical, they have nothing to lose and they are going to come out and play hard, especially at their house so we have to be ready.”