Cheshire Phoenix returned to winning ways with a thumping 103-83 derby victory over Manchester Giants at the Cheshire Oaks Arena.
Colin O'Reilly's side racked up a scintillating 41 points in the opening period on 77% shooting to storm clear of the Giants.
New boy rank Eaves made an immediate impression on his debut.
He finished as the game's top-scorer with 21 points with four other Nix players, including Raheem May-Thompson (19), finishing with double-figure hauls.
Cheshire went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter and boasted a 21-point lead by its conclusion.
The scoring cooled after the restart but the Nix had already racked up 50 points with more than six minutes to go in the half.
And, while the Giants edged the second period, they still trailed by 19 points at the interval.
Another burst ensured the Nix extended their advantage to 26 points by the end of the third quarter.
With Jerelle Okoro (17 points) in form, Manchester refused to throw in the towel and they won the fourth and final period by six points.
By then, however, it was too little too late.
The win moved Cheshire above the Giants and two places up the British Basketball League standings.
Josh Wilcher, who added a double-double of 14 points and 13 assists for the Nix, said: "It was a big win and one we needed in the standings.
"We played well, we moved the ball well and that was how we need to play.
"Any time you can put up 41 points in a quarter, you are putting the other team in trouble.
"We were a bit fired up, came out fighting and everything seemed to go our way, which was nice."