Mavericks one win from title

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MORPETH Mavericks are just one win away from landing the TyneMet division two title.

They demolished South Tyneside BC 93-52 to post their tenth successive league win.

Morpeth made a slow start at the Riverside Leisure Centre on Sunday, but such is the confidence that it was not long before they found their rhythm.

A key feature of Morpeth’s play as they pulled away in the first half was the outside shooting of Matt Davison, who scored four three-pointers before the interval.

Nineteen points up at the break, the Mavericks continued to pull away as their big men really started to make their presence felt.

A 14-2 run towards the end of the final quarter emphasised the gulf between the Mavericks and a tiring South Tyneside.

Once again Andy Gibbison was top scorer with 22 points, closely followed by team captain Andy Sanderson on 21.

But just as pleasing was the fact that Morpeth’s big men, Kevin Smiles, Greg Mavin, Paul Clewes and Sam Thistlethwaite, combined to score 33 points inside the paint.

The Mavericks’ next game is at home to Benfield a week on Sunday (tip-off 1.10pm).

But the title could actually be wrapped up before then if their title rivals All Saints Sabres fail to take maximum points from their two games against Phoenix, who they play home and away over the next week and a half.

Scorers: Gibbison (22), Sanderson (21), Davison (14), Mavin (11), Smiles (10), Thistlethwaite and Clewes (6), Bayazit (2).

Meanwhile, Morpeth’s Under-14s won their first game in some time when they defeated local rivals Cramlington 25-11 in their Central Venue League game on Saturday, a result which should give their confidence a real boost.