Basketball: Danum Eagles defeat Sheffield Hallam Sharks to stay top of table

George Colwill
George Colwill

Danum Eagles won 80-68 at Sheffield Hallam Sharks to continue their perfect start to life in the National League.

Victory means the Eagles are flying high at the top of Division Four (Midlands) with four wins out of four.

But the Doncaster club had to stave off a late fightback from the Sharks - the feeder team for the Sheffield Sharks franchise who play professionally in the BBL - to maintain their one hundred per cent record.

In a scrappy first quarter the Eagles managed to pull away in the final minute thanks to four quick points from Matt Wilson which gave the away side a 17-11 lead.

The second quarter was back and forth and despite six points in a row from George Colwill the Eagles could not stretch their lead, the half time score 39-34 in favour of the Eagles.

Colwill continued to impress in the third quarter, pouring in a further eight points as the Sharks could not find an answer for the former England youth international.

In the final quarter the Sharks rallied through player coach and former BBL star Atiba Lyons and the impressive Eddy Brownell who started to find their shooting touch to make it a nervy final few minutes for the Eagles.

Timely three pointers from Josh Metcalf and Tom Hodson subdued the Sharks’ comeback efforts, however, and the Eagles kept their cool at the free throw line to secure an 80-68 victory.

Points: Metcalf 17, Wilson 16, Colwill 14.

Eagles welcome TCAT Shropshire Warriors to Danum School on Saturday (1.30pm).

For more details visit the Danum Eagles Basketball Club on Facebook.

n Eagles’ under-16s defeated Gateshead 89-62 and top the Northern Conference with three wins out of three.

Arjun Sanghera was man of the match with 35 points.

n The under 18s also ran out impressive 101-87 winners against Sheffield Sharks.

They sit second in their table with four wins from five.

Liam Knapp (40) and George Darling (36) led the scoring.