Sunderland thirds are stranded at the foot of the table.

Sunderland thirds are stranded at the foot of the table.

Following another defeat for the University of Sunderland basketball thirds last week, vice-president Gong Zhenyao spoke of his growing concern.

The Wearsiders slumped to their fourth defeat in a row as they traveled to face Leeds Trinity firsts last Wednesday – only to be beaten 57-41.

The result has left the thirds stranded at the foot of the table still looking for a first point this term.

Zhenyao said: “We were dominated by them throughout the game on both ends. Turnovers and transitions killed us, we needed to be better.

“We need to protect the rebound much harder and be much more physical on the floor.”

With no game until December 7th, the break gives Zhenyao and his side time to reevaluate on their early seasons woes.

“The players need to be more confident and believe in themselves much more. Also, communication between the team hasn’t been strong enough either,” he added.

“There’s lots of areas where improvements must be made if we want to start winning games.”

In a must-win encounter, Sunderland travel to an unbeaten Durham team who sit top of the BUCS Northern 5B.

“Durham are very good side. Hopefully we can cause a upset, we have the players to do so. Training sessions over the next few weeks will be important,” said Zhenyao.

“A win can kick-start our season before its too late.”

Tip-off is scheduled for 8.00pm on Wednesday 7 December at Maiden Castle Sports Hall, The Graham Sports Centre.