REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS: Danum Eagles 105 Nottingham Hoods 37

Danum Eagles, in purple, are one win away from winning the league title.
Danum Eagles, in purple, are one win away from winning the league title.
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  • Mathew Martin top scores in easy win over Nottingham Hoods II
  • Eagles lead the way in Division Four (Midlands) with one game to play
  • Doncaster club will be promoted with victory at Sporting Albion on Sunday

Doncaster Danum Eagles remain in pole position to win the National League Division Four Midlands title in their debut season.

Coming off the back of an agonising one-point defeat to title rivals Loughborough Student Riders II, the Eagles put on a show for the fans that packed in to Danum Academy to watch them take on mid-table side Nottingham Hoods II.

A fast start from Mathew Martin, who scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first quarter, saw the Eagles race out to a 29-10 lead.

The second quarter was less one-sided but still went in the Eagles’ favour as they stretched the lead to 49-25.

The half was finished in style with a thunderous alley oop dunk converted by Martin from a perfect pass by George Colwill from within his own half, which was even applauded by the opposition players.

The third quarter opened with a customary Josh Metcalf three-pointer, while Mark Baker continued his recent good form and poured in six points in a little over a minute. Sam Speight scored the final eight points of the quarter, bringing the crowd to life with a sensational dribble move that left his defender on the floor.

The Hoods offered little resistance, only scoring three points in the entire quarter to leave the score 75-28 to the Eagles with ten minutes to play.

The final quarter saw the Eagles hit the 100 point mark for the fourth time in their last six games. Filip Valencik brought up the ton with a strong play under the basket.

This was an excellent all around performance and a convincing 105-37 win sees the Eagles take momentum into their final game of the season on Sunday when they travel to the Midlands to take on Sporting Albion.

The Eagles are currently level on points with second placed Loughborough.

But Danum know that they will be crowned champions this weekend with a win, regardless of how Loughborough fare in their final game, by virtue of a better head-to-head record against their title rivals.