Basketball: Danum Eagles make unusual winning start in National League

Danum Eagles v Birmingham Mets II at Danum Academy.
Danum Eagles v Birmingham Mets II at Danum Academy.

Danum Eagles launched their first ever National League campaign with a win - but not in the way they expected.

Opponents Birmingham Mets II arrived late at Danum Lower School and their lack of punctuality meant they were forced to forfeit Saturday’s game.

Danum Eagles v Birmingham Mets II at Danum Acaemy in Doncaster.

Danum Eagles v Birmingham Mets II at Danum Acaemy in Doncaster.

Eagles’ win will go down as 20-0 in the record books.

But, just for good measure, the Doncaster club then ran out 71-39 winners following a delayed start at a packed Danum Lower School.

Eagles head coach Bob Martin said: “It was a strange way to start a new era.

“Birmingham were very late getting to Danum and as a result the game was played but was entered into the book as a 20-0 result.

“The game itself saw a dominant Eagles performance.

“The lads showed that they will be a team to watch out for this season.”

Mathew Martin was Danum’s outstanding performer with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while George Colwill, Josh Metcalf and Tom Hodson also shone.

Eagles’ youngest player Sam Speight also caught the eye and had the crowd on their feet in the very first minute.

Danum hope to make it back-to-back wins at City of Birmingham on Saturday.

n Danum Eagles U18s went down in disappointing fashion to Derbyshire Arrows in the North Premier, losing 96-76.

They will look to make amends at home to Northamptonshire Titans on Saturday (2pm).