Basketball: Bell brothers star for in-tune Eagles

Liam Knapp (left) pictured in action for Danum.
Liam Knapp (left) pictured in action for Danum.

Brothers Owen and Harrison Bell - aged just 14 and 12 respectively - helped Danum Eagles U18s to a stunning 101-57 win against North East Conference title rivals Derbyshire Arrows.

The young pair, who both play junior basketball for Yorkshire, gave a glimpse of the club’s depth of talent as they entered the game and scored 12 points between them.

Eagles will enter the men’s National League for the first time next year.

And the club’s future appears bright as their in-form junior team produced what head coach Bob Martin labelled as their best performance in two years to despatch the Arrows.

The prolific Liam Knapp led the way with 29 points.

George Darling (21), Sam Speight (19) and Connor Pugh (13) also impressed, but team coach Ross Stafford was most pleased with the team’s balance as his side led from the opening tip.

The victory was Danum’s sixth straight win and kept them top of the table.

Eagles U15s, meanwhile, head into Christmas with a record of six wins and two defeats and currently hold a play-off place.

Danum’s ever-improving women’s side put on a good display at home to Nottingham but lost to a final second basket as they went down 74-72 in agonising fashion.

They had led 70-63 with very little time remaining.

Martin said: “The women are getting better each game.

“Coach Andrea Corosi is confident we will continue to improve and show this in 2014.”