Champions return in fine style
AFTER a well-earned Christmas break, the Teesside junior league got back into action last weekend with some terrific basketball from the youngsters.
Teams from across the North-east come together every four to six weeks in the central venue league and at the weekend it was Mohawks, Stockton Cubs and East Durham Lions competing in the Under-11 and Under-14 categories.
Last season’s U11 champions Mohawks continued their fine form with a great display against East Durham Lions with a 24-17 victory.
After a close first half at 10-10, Mohawks’ Kobe Skedd and Bree Butler caused all sorts of damage in the second half showing their experience to help produce a close-fought victory.
Their second game, against newly formed Stockton Cubs, was a one way affair but credit to Stockton for their efforts and not allowing their heads to drop and keep fighting showing great spirit.
Daniel Poulter and new member Kobe Thompson showed some great plays and the future looks very bright for Mohawks.
East Durham earned a victory against Stockton 20-4. Both teams played some good basketball and played in great spirit.
Stockton Cubs U-14s opened their season with wins against East Durham and Mohawks.
Stockton were without Daniel Kelsey for the first half against East Durham as Durham held the league champions 8-8, but during the second half Dan turned up and with Jack Winter finding his range with good shooting the lead soon got up as Stockton ran out winners 28-12.
Stockton versus Mohawks has always been close games and this was no different, baskets were traded between the two teams but it was Stockton who held there nerve with a 27- 22 victory.
The league top scorers both come from the TV Mohawks squad. The under-11 league star player Kobe Skedd has hit 55 points in the four games he has played.