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Last Updated: Friday, 17 November 2006, 15:44 GMT
Eagles grab Dorsey for BBL return
Tony Dorsey
Dorsey won the BBL play-offs twice with Birmingham
Tony Dorsey, one of the most prolific scorers ever to play in Britain, has been signed by British Basketball League champions Newcastle Eagles.

Dorsey scored almost 5,000 points for Birmingham and Manchester between 1994 and 2000, averaging 25.3 per game.

Now 36, the 6ft 8in forward returns to Britain having played in Israel, Italy, France and Belgium.

"This one of our biggest ever signings. He has an undeniable pedigree," said Eagles managing director Paul Blake.

The Atlanta-born veteran also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game on his previous tour of duty in Britain.

Dorsey's presence will help fill the gap left by Great Britain captain Andrew Sullivan, who left the Eagles last summer for a new career in Spain.

The Eagles are the holders of all four domestic titles but have made an inconsistent start to the 2006-7 season.

Dorsey won the BBL play-offs title with Birmingham in 1996 and 1998, playing alongside current Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy.

"Everyone leant from Tony and he is a classy player," said Flournoy. "He can certainly show our younger guys a thing or two."

Dorsey's 1,008 points in the 1995-96 regular season stands as the second-highest single season scoring mark in the BBL in the past 12 years.

Dorsey joined the Manchester Giants in 1998 and won the Championship, Trophy and Play-off titles with them in two seasons.

He also naturalised as a British citizen and played 15 times for England, scoring 193 points.

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