Basketball: Shropshire Warriors 51 Danum Eagles 88

Mathew Martin
Mathew Martin

Danum Eagles remain unbeaten in Division Four (Midlands) with just four games left to play following their comfortable 88-51 win at Shropshire Warriors.

Despite a disjointed first half performance, the Eagles found their form in the second half and romped to a third consecutive 30+ point win.

The lone bright spot in the first half was the performance of Tom Hodson who scored eight of the Eagles’ first ten points and helped establish an early cushion.

The first quarter saw the Eagles only score two points in the final three minutes. Fortunately the Warriors were unable to capitalize as they also struggled offensively.

The teams traded baskets in the second quarter but six consecutive points to close the half from Mathew Martin silenced the Shropshire fans.

Coach Ross Stafford’s words at half time had an impact as the Eagles opened the third quarter with a 17-3 scoring run, despite some uncharacteristically poor free throw shooting, which will be a point of emphasis in training over the coming weeks as the team prepare for the final four games of the season.

The fourth quarter played out in much the same fashion as the third, a 13-0 run in the middle of the quarter and a fast break dunk by Matt Wilson saw the Eagles to an 88-51 win.

Martin once again top scored with 22, Paul Walsh was impressive with 17, while Hodson poured in 16 points despite being on the receiving end of some rough treatment from the Warriors.

Eagles’ next game is at Derby Trailblazers on February 22. They host title rivals Loughborough Student Riders II at Danum Academy on February 28 at 2pm.

n Eagles U18s lost 80-70 at Sheffield Sharks. George Darling (29) and Conner Pugh (12) top scored.

Fourteen-year-old Harrison Bell was man of the match for Eagles U16s in their 79-69 win against Mansfield.