Basketball

Sunderland were on the back foot throughout.

University of Sunderland basketball third team remain rock-bottom of the Northern 5b league as they were trashed 134-52 by Durham on Wednesday.

The home side, who before start of play sat second in the table, dominated throughout – outscoring their opponents heavily in each quarter.

Despite Black Cats captain Edwin Cheong scoring 18 points – the highest of any Sunderland player – the league strugglers could not find any rhythm as a classy Durham side showed their quality.

Straight from tip-off Durham’s sharp passing and movement left the away side star-stuck as they took a commanding 30-2 lead into the second quarter.

Shortly into the second period Sunderland’s danger-man Blake Yap collided with his marker, and with no substitutes to call upon, the injured Yap had to remain on court.

Cheong said: “Blake is our best player, he was unlucky to get injured it really did effect the team. He did great to keep playing until the end”.

However going into half-time interval the hosts led 68-25.

But in the following two quarters the home side continued to control proceedings. The gulf in class was noticeable as the travel side struggled to retain the possession.

Cheong said: “They were very dominant by starting the game with full court man-to-man defensive pressure. They scored easy baskets due to their physicality and their height difference.

“Summing it up, it was a very tough game. Durham were very structured, but the team fought on until the end,” added Cheong.

The Wearsiders end 2016 rooted to the foot of the table, with their next match not until February 2017.