Team Sunderland's basketballers have only lost once this season.

Team Sunderland’s basketball team edged the win in a thrilling match against Calderdale on Saturday.

Sunderland started slowly as the Explorers ran up a 10 point lead going in to half time.

The match was all square going into the 4th quarter, when Sunderland managed to win the final quarter 10-9. Team Sunderland, who were favourites to win the game, managed to overcome the deficit and win.

The win was important for Sunderland and their promotion bid, to keep up with high flying Manchester Giants III.

Sunderland are currently 2nd in Division 4 Men’s North, with 14 points ahead of Tameside and Kingston Panthers who both have 10 points and sit 3rd and 4th.

Manchester Giants III currently top the league and Sunderland will have to keep up with the Giants to stay in contention for promotion in the new year.