MORPETH’S senior basketball outfit the Mavericks ended 2011 on a high with a blow-out win over Whickham Warriors.
The 93-43 victory extended the Mavs’ winning run in the TyneMet League division two to five games and means they go into the turn of the year with just one defeat to their name.
The Mavs went into the game minus three key players in Greg Mavin, Sam Thistlethwaite and Pete Stapley and drafted in John Freeman and Lawrie Thompson from the Magic to help out.
Yildirim Bayazit came off the bench to lead all scorers with 22 points, 12 coming from behind the arc, while Matt Davison turned in his best game of the season, scoring 20.
Andy Gibbison and Lawrie Thompson also scored from behind the arc.
Unselfish play from the big men inside – Kevin Smiles, Paul Clewes and Freeman – helped free up the outside shooters who thrived on the service provided.
A flury of three three-pointers from Yildirim in the space of two minutes saw the Mavs put daylight between themselves and the visitors towards the end of the first quarter, and with Morpeth 28-11 up going into the second it was going to take a miracle for Whickham to get back into the game.
Spurred on by captain Andy Sanderson the Mavs showed no mercy to their opponents, with a 14-1 run at the start putting them 32 points up.
Scorers: Bayazit 22, Davison 20, Smiles 14, Sanderson 10, Gibbison 9, Clewes 6, Freeman 6, Thompson 5.