Cham­pi­ons re­turn in fine style

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

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.

Kobe Skedd

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