MORPETH’s senior basketball team the Mavericks are proving record-breakers as they close in on the TyneMet division two title.
When they defeated Oxclose Cougars at the Riverside Leisure Centre on Sunday, not only was it their third win in eight days, but it extended their winning run to nine games – the longest unbeaten run in the team’s 15-year history.
And Sunday’s result took them to the top of the table for the first time this season, with just four games left to play and the championship well and truly in their sights.
The win over Oxclose saw the Mavericks blow hot and cold, for while they played some brilliant, patient team basketball at times, particularly in the first half, they took their feet off the gas in the second half.
That the Mavs lost focus after the break is reflected by the fact that, although they dominated the first half and led by as many as 24 soon after the break, they actually ‘lost’ the third and fourth quarters.
But in truth the Mavericks were, barring a catastrophic collapse, always going to be too strong for this game to throw up any kind of upset, particularly after their run of form which has seen them unbeaten in the league since they went down away to Birtley outfit Phoenix in their first game of the season
Sunday’s game was effectively won with a blistering second quarter when the home side went on a 12-0 before winning the quarter 24-11.
Yet again Andy Gibbison was the Mavericks’ top scorer with 21, while the big man Kevin Smiles was award the MVP award by the opposition for the second game in a row.
Scorers: Gibbison 21, Smiles and Bayazit 12, Sanderson 11, Davison 7, Thistlethwaite 5, Mavin and Clewes 2.