Danum Eagles net ‘big victory’ over Loughborough

Mathew Martin was man of the match against Loughborough.
Mathew Martin was man of the match against Loughborough.

Danum Eagles produced their best performance of the season to beat Loughborough Student Riders 86-76 in a bad tempered clash.

Eagles, who were relegated last season, have recovered to win their last two games after losing their opening two matches of the Division Three season.

And, inspired by Mathew Martin, they produced their slickest display yet at their new Sir Thomas Wharton Academy home.

“It was a great team win,” said head coach Bob Martin.

“Every single player played their part in a big victory.”

Both teams impressed early on with their shooting before Eagles’ defence picked up and the home side returned to their best form, scoring 37 points in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw a 14-point lead extended to 23 only for the Riders to make a late run and reduce the deficit to ten at half time.

Two altercations broke out in the third quarter which seemed to knock Eagles out of their stride but they calmed things down and built an unassailable lead.

Martin, with 34 points and 17 rebounds, led the Eagles.

Josh Metcalf netted 16 points and Tom Hodson and Owen Bell also impressed.