Basketball: Danum Eagles celebrate weekend win double

Eagles' Mathew Martin (right) shoots against Newcastle-under-Lyme College Knights.
Eagles' Mathew Martin (right) shoots against Newcastle-under-Lyme College Knights.

Danum Eagles marked the one year anniversary of the death of Nana Jumah by notching their fifth straight league win and also reaching the quarter-finals of the National Shield.

Players held a minute’s silence in memory of Jumah before Saturday’s 84-73 win over Newcastle-under-Lyme College Knights.

Eagles made it two wins out of two from the weekend by then beating Division Three rivals Myerscough College 83-61 in the Shield on Sunday.

Danum made a blistering start against the Knights and raced into a 12-2 lead thanks to some exceptional ball movement.

The second quarter belonged to Danum’s Tom Hodson, who was in tremendous form and penetrated the Knights’ defence to provide numerous scoring opportunities. This gave Doncaster a 49-34 advantage going into half time.

A decisive 11-0 run in the third quarter, with Danum’s leading scorer Mathew Martin contributing nine points, gave the home side a commanding 21-point lead in the third.

Knights provided a valiant fightback to start the fourth quarter.

However, 11 straight points from Oliver Hylands put the game out of reach and propelled the Eagles to their fifth league win.

Danum’s 83-61 victory over Myerscough College was not as straightforward as the score line might suggest.

Eight straight points from Hylands in the first quarter and a 9-0 burst in the final minute of the second quarter helped the hosts get their noses in front.

Doncaster struggled to get going in the third quarter though, managing just 11 points and missing five free throws.

Myerscough took advantage and closed the gap to just seven points with ten minutes left to play.

Realising how dangerous the opposition could be, Danum stepped up their defence and put together an 11-2 run, led by Brandon Smith, to give them a comfortable 16-point lead with five minutes to play.

Some patient basketball closed out the game and gave Danum a 22-point victory.

Eagles go to Tees Valley Mohawks on Saturday (6pm).