Metcalf fires Danum Eagles to first away win

Sharks lose against Newcastle in season opener
Sharks lose against Newcastle in season opener

Danum Eagles cruised past Birmingham Mets 99-78 in their first away game in Division Three North.

A fine shooting performance saw Eagles convert 11 three-pointers including six from Josh Metcalf.

Metcalf, who finished with 24 points, started the game quickly with five of his team’s first seven points in a back and forth first quarter. With 13 lead changes in the opening ten minutes, neither team could take control of the game.

However, another Metcalf three-pointer gave the visiting side a 25-21 lead to take into the second quarter.

Danum then stepped up the defence and put together a 15-2 run to blow open the game to finish the second quarter leading 46-32.

A spirited Mets fightback saw them close the deficit to 12 points.

But, even with Mathew Martin taking a seat after receiving his fourth personal foul, Danum stopped the fightback and put the game well out of reach with a 19-6 run.

Eagles took a 24-point lead into the final quarter and, despite the home side closing the gap to 18 points with seven minutes left to play, back-to-back baskets from Matt Wilson put an end to the mini-comeback.

Eagles go to Sheffield Saints on Saturday.