University of Sunderland men’s basketball got back to winning ways on Wednesday, beating Leeds University 68-51 at CitySpace.

Teo Axiarlis led the scoring with 18 points while Lukas Butvilas and Charles Sayers also posted double figures with 16 and 15 respectively.

Sunderland had a comfortable advantage for most of the game as their good passing opened up some high-percentage shots.

The hosts set the tone early with the opening 11 points as Sayers, Axiarlis and Butvilas all opened their accounts.

Leeds did reply but only with two field goals as Sunderland held them to five points while scoring 18 themselves by the end of the first quarter.

The Sunderland lead extended to 15 points at the half – 36-21 – with Sayers and Butvilas scoring 13 and 11 respectively while Leeds’ notable plays came courtesy of their point guard. Butvilas hit a last second three-point shot, proving to be a real hammer blow for the visitors who had competed well in the quarter.

Sunderland furthered their advantage to 20 points with three consecutive field goals to start the second period. Leeds did cut the deficit to 12 at one point in the third quarter as their rebounding and general attacking play improved.

Both sides exchanged three-pointers towards the end of the third as the North East university maintained their 15-point buffer.

Leeds opened the final 10 minutes with two field goals in quick succession which forced Sunderland coach Brian Calder into a timeout.

Butvilas sinked an and-one, followed by a lay-up as the ship started to settle for the hosts. Justas Seselgis and Axiarlis both showed their prowess on the attacking end, with five points apiece in the quarter.

It was a solid performance by the hosts, who never really looked in any danger throughout the evening despite Leeds’ never say die attitude.