University of Sunderland men’s basketball coach Brian Calder was ecstatic after his side beat Leeds University 68-51 at CitySpace on Wednesday.

It was a perfect response from the North East university after their unbeaten record was snatched away a week prior against York.

Coach Brian Calder

With three of his squad scoring double figures, Calder is aiming for other players to get baskets and share the workload even more.

When asked about Charles Sayers, Teo Axiarlis and Lukas Butvilas’ attacking games, Calder said: “(I’m pleased) without a doubt,”

“And I think we could also get some points from some of the other guys.

“But again I’ve got to say the lads have not got an awful lot to work with, we haven’t got much time in practice and it’s all new to them.”

Calder also talked about Leeds’ talent and their point guard who was a thorn in Sunderland’s side with his drives and keen eye for a pass.

“They (Leeds) are not a bad team, they just lacked a bit of structure out there,” he added.

“They have a very experienced Canadian point guard but we worked in practice on identifying a 3-2 zone, rather than a 2-3 zone, which puts three players at the top and two guys at the back.

“A bit of a gamble but they didn’t have much height so I was confident we could nullify their outside shot.”

At times, for a team who don’t get much practice together, Sunderland have a great knack of sharing the ball around and finding open men with ease.

This is something Calder touched upon, citing the end of the first half as a key example to the style of basketball they’re trying to play.

“We run an offensive where they’re a bit tentative but they’ve got to be basketball players as well and have the ability to make good decisions,” said Calder.

“And what they were doing there, especially at the end of the first half, we had three good rotation passes – looking to find someone in a better position – and we ended up with two seconds left on the clock and a made three-point shot.

“That demoralises teams and gives you the momentum going into the break.”