Within touching distance of league crown

MORPETH’s senior basketball team the Mavericks are just one win away from landing the TyneMet Division Two League title.

The Mavericks demolished South Tyneside BC 93-52 to post their 10th successive league win – and now they know that one win from their remaining three games will be enough to secure the crown.

Morpeth made a slow start at the Riverside Leisure Centre on Sunday, but such is the confidence in the team after their long winning run that it wasn’t long until 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 against a team who only had the minimum five players, 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 the Mavericks’ 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 (who have already lost three games to the Mavericks’ one) 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 six, Bayazit two.

Meanwhile, Morpeth’s U14s 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.