PICTURES: Danum Eagles make winning start in National League

Oliver Hylands

Oliver Hylands

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Danum Eagles got their Division Three campaign off to a solid start by cruising to a 66-51 win over Team Birmingham.

Mathew Martin continued his excellent early-season form by top scoring with 20 points.

Liam Knapp

Liam Knapp

Eagles are going in search of back-to-back promotions after bursting onto the National League scene last year.

Team Birmingham were in a confident mood but that proved to be short lived as the Eagles rushed into an early lead on the back of an explosive start from Josh Metcalf, who connected on two early three-pointers to establish an 11-4 lead.

By the time the buzzer sounded to end the first half, the Eagles had opened up a commanding 43-24 lead and looked in complete control.

A more subdued second half performance was briefly lifted by a Martin dunk on the fast break and saw Team Birmingham close the gap slightly.

George Colwill

George Colwill

However, the Eagles were never worried and the scoring of Oliver Hylands in the fourth quarter ensured that their promotion challenge got off to a bright start.

n Danum Eagles U18s had mixed fortunes over the weekend. They lost 72-67 to Bradford Dragons before beating QE York Knights 78-73 in the first round of the National Cup.

Pictures by Dean Atkins

Pictures by Dean Atkins

Tom Hodson

Tom Hodson

George Colwill

George Colwill